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CAP Newsletter Spring 2019

A busy start to the year!

We’ve had a fantastic start to 2019, with four new CAPs launched in Newport, Copeland, Lupset and Penarth, one to be launched in Bournemouth and two more – in Sheerness and Leysdown on the Isle of Sheppey – in June. You can read more here:

Young Health Champions

One initiative of which we are particularly proud is the Royal Society of Public Health Young Health Champions scheme which we have introduced in many CAP schools, with alcohol awareness at its core. This Level 2 qualification gives youngsters the skills, knowledge and confidence to become peer mentors. So far, we have trained 57 young people across the UK as Young Health Champions and are currently funding another 47 to gain the qualification.  Pupils at one Pontypridd School are now putting together a business plan to access funding to enable them to deliver health improvement messages across the area and are keen to become part of a cross-UK Young Health Champions Network.
We think this is a great initiative – but don’t just take our word for it – take a look at this video interview with pupils from a West Berkshire school about what they think it contributes, and what they get out of it:

Getting our messages across

At CAP, we’re always looking for innovative ways of getting our messages out, so we were delighted to work with Burnley CAP on this new floor mat on display at Tesco in Padiham in Lancashire, which warns adults that it is an offence for adults to buy alcohol on behalf of young people.  

And in Boston, new bollard covers highlight the work that partners are doing to tackle underage drinking and anti-social behaviour in the area:

Community clean-up in Broadstairs

Students from East Kent College hit the streets of Broadstairs in March with bags and litter-pickers as part of The Great British Spring Clean, organised by Broadstairs CAP.  Volunteers wore distinctive CAP hi-vis vests and the Co-op, Waitrose and Asda donated litter pickers, bags and water for the volunteers. Their staff were also out in force, along with other CAP partners. Read more here:

Smashed Live

An important part of our work is delivering alcohol education in informal settings and we have introduced Smashed Live to many of our CAP schools. Smashed Live offers theatre performances, interactive workshops and teaching resources to encourage pupils to explore the consequences of underage drinking, which send out very powerful messages.

Longtown CAP drives 80% reduction in anti-social behaviour

Although it was only launched 11 months ago, Longtown CAP has already brought about a hugely impressive 80% reduction in anti-social behaviour. Its co-ordinator Scott Adams, who is Neighbourhood Policing and Community Sergeant for the Cumbria Constabulary, says: "Our success is really down to the skills and expertise of the partners we have brought together to tackle the issue. They've been a real catalyst for action." He adds that a vital part of the CAP's work has been engaging with young people, getting them involved with the campaign and building their trust - read how they did it: 

Congratulations to Ollerton, Boughton and Edwinstowe CAP

Huge congratulations to Ollerton, Boughton and Edwinstowe CAP, which has won the Notts Getting Active Together Project of the Year Award. Organised by Active Notts, the awards recognise those using physical activities to help improve the lives of people across Nottinghamshire and celebrate the amazing work  being done to transform the lives, health and wellbeing of local communities. The CAP was launched in October 2018  and a key part of its strategy is providing diversionary activities for young people in the area. 

NE Edinburgh CAP engages with local young people

In March, CAP funded Police Scotland to hold a workshop for 10 young people followed by a Go Karting event. The event was organised by Police Scotland and Circle Scotland, an Edinburgh-based charity working to improve the lives of children, and was intended to involve young people who might be part of gangs, not in education or drinking and causing anti-social behavior. The group engaged well in the workshop, which explored issues around underage drinking and then went off to the Go Karting event.

Ask for Angela launches in Orkney

The ‘Ask for Angela’ public safety campaign — where any customer in a pub, bar, restaurant or public venue can discreetly ask a member of staff for assistance should they feel uncomfortable — has been launched in Orkney by Orkney Rape and Sexual Assault Service (ORSAS) in partnership with the Orkney CAP, Orkney Street Pastors and Police Scotland.

Keep in touch!

If you’d like to keep in touch with our news, follow us on Twitter at @CAPUKTweets

We have a new Facebook page! Do take a look at to see what CAPs around the UK are doing to tackle underage drinking in their areas.

For more information contact:
Kate Winstanley, Director
Telephone: 0207 089 3882
Mobile: 07590 924710, 07825 155225

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

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

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

Matt Knight, CAP Adviser for the South West, West Midlands and Wales
Mobile: 07396 096687 


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

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