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CAP Newsletter June 2020

We’re continuing to update the dedicated Covid-19 page on our website which brings together key information for communities concerned about underage and young adult drinking – take a look here. CAP staff and advisers continue to work from home and are available by telephone or email for advice or information. See our contact details below.

Getting safety messages out to young people

Because of continuing social distancing rules, CAP partners around the country are finding innovative ways to protect young people from alcohol harm.
In Kent, the Kenward Trust has been busy during lockdown, responding to alerts of anti-social behaviour, safety concerns such as discarded syringes or other drug paraphernalia, vandalism and disturbances where drug and alcohol misuse is a factor. They’ve been explaining to young people gathering together to share alcohol and drugs that they are not only putting themselves at risk but could also spread the virus back to their families. Read about their great work!

Support for young people with drug, alcohol or mental health issues

We Are With You (formerly Addaction) provides free, confidential support to young people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health – now instead of face to face meetings they are using telephone or video chats which are providing very popular. Read about it here.

Alcohol-free activities for young people 

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.

On the Isle of Wight, our partner Network Ryde, runs an outreach café providing a safe space, drop-in sessions and activities for young people. When the café had to close, the challenge was to ensure that its young users continued to feel supported and engaged, so now it is offering live Instagram sessions covering topics from science experiments and mental health awareness to creative activities and baking. See how they're doing it!

Virtual youth club is a community hit

More than 1,000 young people across Kent have signed up to online sessions run by our partner Salus, which works with CAPs in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Snodland. Since the Covid-19 outbreak its  youth clubs have been replaced with virtual groups, with up to 20 online Zoom sessions each day for 8-19 year olds, covering everything from yoga and bicycle maintenance to baking, crafts and slime making.

We interviewed Roxanne Frost, Youth Services Manager for Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge & Malling about the initiative - take a look here


Hastings CAP evaluation 

Hastings was once described as a ‘drinking town with a fishing problem’. East Sussex County Council’s Public Health data shows that alcohol consumption and the health harms of alcohol to residents are significantly greater than in almost all other communities in southern England.
Since its launch in 2012 our Hastings CAP has worked hard to reinforce Challenge 25 compliance and to engage with young people, working very closely with Hastings Academy.  This increased profile of alcohol harms within the school has led to underage drinking levels there dropping considerably (36%-25% less) over the last three years and we are delighted to see that parental supply of alcohol to young people has also reduced significantly by 49%, to just 11% in 2019.  You can see the full evaluation on the CAP website here.
Check out Henry’s website

Henry Maybury is one of our most passionate supporters. Henry is a young singer and songwriter whose brother Tom died from an alcohol related illness aged just 29. Henry’s song “Lost Days” was written in tribute to his brother and has achieved over a million views on YouTube.

Henry travels around schools and prisons to share his story and music and provides great support to CAPs throughout the UK, whether by performing, speaking or attending events. His is a powerful message about the dangers of alcohol which young people really relate to.  Take a look at Henry‘s new website here:

Keep in touch!
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Kate Winstanley, Director

Telephone: 0207 089 3882
Mobile: 07590 924710, 07825 155225

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

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

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

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