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CAP Newsletter Christmas 2020

It’s been a really tough year, and we’d like to thank everyone involved in CAP for all your hard work and commitment - and for the creative ways you’ve found to continue protecting young people from alcohol harm and improve their health and wellbeing. 2020 has certainly had its challenges but we’d like to wish you all a really happy Christmas and a much better 2021 - with our huge thanks for all the great work you are doing in your communities.

Working with schools

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

Ours is a long term, preventative approach and an important local initiative in the current climate alongside schemes to tackle knife crime, gang culture and county lines.

We work closely with schools to provide alcohol education, highlight the harms caused by underage drinking and encourage pupils to become Young Health Champions, giving them the skills and confidence to become peer mentors. Our new leaflet outlines what CAP can offer - do take a look here

Support for retailers


Stores that engage with CAP say they see significant reductions in confrontations when dealing with alcohol sales and that it makes them feel more confident when dealing with difficult situations. You can download our new retailer leaflet here.

Our director Kate Winstanley and CAP co-ordinator in Kent, Neil Butcher, took part in the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) webinar and outlined the impact that CAPs are having. It was a great session – if you missed it, catch up here

Alcohol Awareness Week 

CAPs around the country took part in Alcohol Awareness Week – we may be doing things differently this year but that’s not stopped some great partnership working. Take a look at some of our activities during the Week here.

In this video, Councillor Joy Allen, who chairs the Bishop Auckland CAP, explains how it worked with retailers during the Week to highlight links between alcohol and mental health, and the increasingly wide choice of low and zero alcohol drinks.

New CAPs launch

Our new CAP in Skelmersdale was the first to be launched since the start of the pandemic, bringing partners together remotely to tackle anti-social behaviour, provide alcohol education and work with local retailers to help them avoid making underage sales and reduce ‘proxy’ sales where adults buy alcohol for under-18s. 

Our newest CAP, in Glastonbury, launched on 17 November following local school surveys in which nearly 14% of pupils said they drank daily or almost every day – the majority of them just 13-14 years old.  We were delighted that BBC Radio Somerset interviewed Town Clerk Gerard Tucker about the new CAP’s plans.

Welcome Grahame

We’re pleased to welcome Grahame Clarke to the team, as our new CAP Adviser for Scotland. Grahame is a retired senior police officer, having served in Strathclyde Police and Police Scotland and joins us as part of our strategy of rapid growth in Scotland where we plan to launch up to 12 new CAPs over the next three years. 
Christmas poster
CAP has developed lots of publicity materials, including banners and seasonal posters which can be adapted to suit the needs of local schemes.

If you’d like to order any, get in touch with your regional CAP adviser for details - their contact details are below.
Activities for young people during lockdown

An important part of CAP’s work is to partner with local organisations to offer alcohol-free activities for young people to enhance their confidence, health and well-being. When many premises had to close or adapt their services during lockdown, the challenge was to ensure that young users continued to feel supported and engaged. So we were delighted to see so many of our partners coming up with innovative ways of delivering youth outreach, from yoga and bike maintenance by Zoom to mental health sessions, arts and crafts and baking activities via Instagram.

One of our partners in Kent, Salus, works with our CAPs in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Snodland and pioneered its online activities back in March. Just take a look at some of their online activities they've offered recently!



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 the North East England and East Midlands
Mobile: 07772 471158

Grahame Clarke, CAP Adviser for Scotland
Mobile: 07905 705858

Julia Shipston, Communications Manager
Mobile: 07713 163003
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