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CAP Newsletter Spring 2017

This year has already seen the launch of seven new CAPs throughout the country, bringing our total to 130. We’re delighted to bring you news of our progress.
New CAPs launch!
Our fantastic supporter Henry Maybury (pictured above with Craig Mackinlay, MP for Thanet South) helped launch our new CAP at Broadstairs, where he talked to students at East Kent College about the dangers of underage drinking, while six pupils from St George’s School read powerful essays on the impact of alcohol abuse.

As well as our new CAP in Broadstairs we've already launched new CAPs in Barrow, Lancaster, North West and North East Edinburgh, Huthwaite and Ramsgate so far this year and anticipate launching a total of 36 new CAPs during 2017. 

At a well-attended launch of the North East Edinburgh CAP, Chief Inspector Kevin McLean said: “Drinking alcohol at a young age brings serious risks to children’s health and development and puts them in danger of both physical and social harm. We are committed to making a positive difference to their lives and to our local community.”

Ben McPherson, MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith. sent a message of support to the new CAP in North West Edinburgh: "Working together across all the various sectors and organisations involved, and across different generations, I'm confident that today's launch is the start of something that I know will make a genuinely positive impact. I look forward to playing my part with you all in reducing young people’s alcohol consumption and related anti-social behaviour for the benefit of the people I represent and look forward to taking part in future events in Edinburgh Northern and Leith.”

And it was exciting to see CAP expand into new areas of the UK. The first CAP in Cumbria has now been launched in Barrow in Furness, and the first in Lancashire in the Bulk Ward Area of Lancaster. Both CAPs were launched in January with community partners including local authorities, retailers, police and schools.

Read more about these launches at

New Local Alcohol Action Areas

The second phase of the Government’s Local Alcohol Action Areas Programme was launched in January with the announcement of 33 participating areas. On March 23 Portman Group hosted an extremely well attended conference for LAAA co-ordinators. The quality of speakers was really high with excellent chairing by Dame Vera Baird and Paddy Tipping and there were great networking opportunities throughout the day.


There was a steady stream of visitors to the CAP stand and several speakers spoke positively about CAP. We are looking forward to working with many of the LAAAs, several of which have already expressed an interest in developing CAPs for their areas.

Award for Nottingham Policeman
Sgt Martin Severn from Nottinghamshire Police has received a Community Alcohol Partnership Award of Excellence for his work in setting up, chairing and coordinating the Sutton in Ashfield CAP and setting up a new CAP in Huthwaite.  He is pictured here with Inspector Glenn Longden (right) and CAP officer Alan Simpson, (left) at the Huthwaite CAP Launch at All Saints Community Centre.  

Alcohol can harm you more than you think

150 year 9 students from King Alfred’s Academy in Wantage took part in an Alcohol Action Day organised by Wantage and Grove CAP.  They heard from singer/songwriter Henry Maybury, who travels around schools and prisons to share his powerful story about the dangers of alcohol. 


The students also took part in a taster session with local youth organisation Sweatbox, tried ‘beer goggles’ to experience the disorientation of being drunk, heard from local police about how alcohol-fuelled incidents can escalate and took on a challenge to role play being a retail assistant and store manager when illegal alcohol sales are attempted.


In feedback, over 85% of the pupils said it had been a "good" or "great" event. Comments included: ‘I learnt that alcohol can harm you more than you think’ and ‘I hadn’t realised the impact that alcohol could have on a family’. 

Our young ambassadors spread the word

Two young Reading boys are helping to spread the message about the risks of underage drinking. 14 year old Beck Walker and Charles Carter have passed the Level 2 Youth Champion Awards and will now represent Reading CAP as Youth Champions, developing initiatives and projects to tackle underage drinking. Both boys are pupils at The Reading Boys School, where CAP and Berkshire Community Foundation have funded the Youth Health Champion scheme, run by Reading Council Officers.


Students from Wakefield City Academy are also promoting the risks of underage drinking. They have been invited to work with the Wakefield CAP which will support them in their role as CAP Ambassadors to develop initiatives and projects to promote harm reduction and prevention messages.

Engaging young people 

We work hard to engage young people and help them understand the dangers of underage drinking because hopefully those lessons will stay with them for life. So it was great to see Cwmtawe Community School engaging in the Pontardawe CAP day to help its pupils avoid future pitfalls in life. Take a look at their video: 


Another very successful school day was held by Fratton and Milton CAP at Miltoncross Academy in Portsmouth, led by the Public Health team and organised as a conference with students receiving delegate packs and official name badges.  The students were actively engaged in proceedings and gave some great feedback.


Over 63% rated the event as 'great' and 33% as 'good' and it's clear from the comments that the conference theme worked really well, was much enjoyed and was clearly educational too.

Retailer takes the lead 

The Co-op in Snodland CAP led an awareness event outside its store, highlighting that it's illegal to buy alcohol on behalf of children. Staff gave out free hot cross buns to customers who took a CAP Easter leaflet and even stencilled the floor inside the store to raise awareness. 

Looking ahead

Home Office Minister Amber Rudd will attend the launch of a new CAP at Hastings Academy later this month.


This year we anticipate launching 36 further CAPs, more than we have ever launched in a single year.

Get in touch!

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You can also find us on Twitter at @CAPUKTweets so please follow us and help us promote CAP’s work.


And if you have a story you’d like to share, please get in touch – all our contact details are given below.

For more information, contact:

Kate Winstanley, Director
Telephone: 0207 089 3882
Mobile: 07590 924710, 07825 155225

Jayne Boote, CAP Officer for North West England
Telephone: 07813 908646

Gillian Powell, CAP Programme Manager and Officer for South East England
Telephone: 0207 089 3861
Mobile: 07825 225018

Julia Shipston, Communications Manager, Community Alcohol Partnerships
Mobile: 07713 163003

Russell Sharland, CAP Officer for the South West, West Midlands and Wales
Mobile: 07882 731728

Alan Simpson, CAP Officer for the East Midlands and North East England
Mobile: 07772 471158
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