Andy Simms, who works for Spectrum CiC in Wakefield and is a key supporter of Castleford Community Alcohol Partnership, has won a national award for his work tackling underage drinking and promoting the health and wellbeing of local young people.
He received the Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) Award for Education at CAP’s celebration event at Westminster on June 6.
Presenting the award, Hardish Purewal, Licensing Manager at Tesco, chair of the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group and CAP Director, said: “Andy has created a version of the board game Monopoly but with a novel twist. Instead of buying and selling property, players are focused on the theme of alcohol awareness and education. It also has group discussion cards and true or false cards which are particularly useful in classroom situations to stimulate debate and discussion. To create the board game, Andy used his extensive knowledge of the subject matter, identified external funding and liaised with game manufacturers. It will be distributed to all secondary schools in Wakefield. I think this is a great example of CAP’s innovative approach to alcohol education – well done Andy.”
Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, also sent a message of support and congratulations to Andy Simms.
Since CAP was created 15 years ago, more than 250 schemes have been launched in England, Scotland and Wales. They bring together local stakeholders with a shared interest in preventing underage drinking and encouraging responsible drinking among young adults. CAP partnerships are made up of retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and health providers, all working together to protect young people from alcohol harm.
CAP’s annual report, launched at the event, shows how this innovative partnership approach has brought significant reductions to children’s drinking, anti-social behaviour and underage sales in areas where it has created local partnerships.
Nationally, CAP evaluations show:
- 62% reduction in weekly drinking for 13-16 year olds
- After CAP training, 98% of retailers passed a Challenge 25 compliance test – from an average baseline of 50%
- 42% reduction in anti-social behaviour
- 68% reduction in residents reporting children and young people drinking in public places to be a very big or fairly big problem
CAP Director Kate Winstanley says: “I’m delighted that in CAP areas around the country we are seeing such sustained reductions in regular drinking and anti-social behaviour among young people. CAPs are having a significant impact on reducing children’s alcohol consumption, improving their health and wellbeing and enhancing the communities where they live.”
CAP’s 2021/2022 annual report can be viewed here.
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