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CAP Newsletter Autumn 2020

We’re continuing to update the Covid-19 page on our website with key information for communities concerned about underage and young adult drinking – take a look here. And although the CAP team continues to work from home we are available by telephone or email for advice or information. See our contact details below. 

Young Health Champions course goes online

Alcohol education is an important part of the CAP approach, to ensure that young people are equipped to make the right decisions about issues including drugs, anti-social and criminal behaviour.

For several years we have offered schools the opportunity to take part in the Royal Society of Public Health Young Health Champions (YHC) initiative. This Level 2 qualification aims to give youngsters the skills, knowledge and confidence to become peer mentors and take part in social action campaigns in their local communities. We are very proud to be an accredited centre for rolling out this programme, enabling us to get important health messages out to youngsters all around the UK.

In response to the Covid-19 crisis we have piloted an online delivery method for the course - we’re hugely encouraged by the results so far and are hoping to extend the pilot scheme to further CAP areas. Read all about it here

Funding from the Safer Neighbourhood Scheme

We are delighted to have received funding from Southern Co-op’s Safer Neighbourhood Fund for our CAPs in Bournemouth and Portsmouth. This will enable them to identify young people who are most at risk of being involved in criminal activity and encourage them to become Young Health Champions, to lead health awareness and social actions campaigns in their local communities. Read more here.

Exceptional achievements in tackling underage drinking 

Our annual CAP Awards recognise exceptional achievements in tackling underage drinking and demonstrate the vital work that local partnerships are doing to tackle alcohol harm and improve our communities in these most challenging of times.  

We plan to announce the winners at an online event in March and will arrange for awards to be presented locally. Each award winner will receive £250 towards a CAP project of their choice. 

You can nominate one or more individuals involved in CAP, your local CAP itself or a local partner that has played a prominent role in making the CAP’s work a success.  We’re looking forward to hearing about the fabulous work that CAPs have been doing, so download a nomination form here.

The power of partnership

CAP is all about partnership working at a local level says our director Kate Winstanley. Her blog on our website describes how in just over a decade we have set up 210 projects in some of the UK’s heaviest drinking areas, many of which are also economically disadvantaged. Our evaluations show that this focus on nurturing and building unique and transformative local partnerships is having a great impact on young people's health, well-being and future prospects.

Help us grow CAP's work in Scotland  

There is just time to get applications in for two great new roles with CAP in Scotland. We are looking for a non-executive director to join our Board and take a leadership role in helping to change Scotland’s relationship with alcohol, starting with young people, and make a real difference to their lives. This is a voluntary, part-time role – download the role description here

We also have a new role as CAP adviser in Scotland – we’re looking for a someone with great people skills to forge effective new public/private sector partnerships to protect young people from alcohol harm. This is a home-based, part-time position – for more information and details of how to apply, take a look here. The closing date for both positions is September 30.

CAPS working together
Lancashire County Council has published a useful new resource on its website, promoting the work that CAPs across the county are doing including Burnley, Hyndburn, Lancaster CAP+ and the new CAP planned for  Skelmersdale. All our Lancashire CAPs are now working with the Council to promote its online vulnerability training. This short course is for all staff, including door staff, working in the night-time economy.  
Meanwhile, CAPs across the North West have come together to promote their work on a new Facebook page – do take a look and give it a like and follow!
Calling all schools 

We have published a new leaflet, setting out how CAP works with schools, what we offer and how we can help by providing alcohol education, highlighting the harms caused by underage drinking, and encouraging pupils to take part in the Royal Society of Health Young Health Champions to give them the skills and confidence to become peer mentors.

You can download a copy here.

Broadstairs and Ramsgate CAPs 

Thanet in East Kent includes the coastal towns of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs and surrounding village areas. Deprivation, crime and unemployment are all statistically higher than the England average and in 2012-13 and 2014-15 Thanet had the second highest number of under 18s admitted to hospital for alcohol specific conditions across the county. The evaluation of the Broadstairs and Ramsgate CAPs sets out the action plans they developed to address these issues and the impressive impacts they’ve had. 

Keep in touch!
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To find out more about our work visit our website or contact a member of the CAP team:

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

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

Matt Knight, CAP Adviser for the South East, South West of England and Wales
Mobile: 07396 096687 


Alan Simpson, CAP Adviser for Scotland, North East England and East Midlands
Mobile: 07772 471158

Julia Shipston, Communications Manager
Mobile: 07713 163003
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