Allerdale Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) has won a national award for its work tackling underage drinking and promoting the health and wellbeing of local young people.
Emma Thompson, Senior Manager, Community Safety and Resilience at Allerdale Borough Council, received the CAP of the Year Award at an event at Westminster on June 6.
Presenting the award, Andrew Leaper, Retail Health and Safety Manager, Co-op and a CAP Board member, said: “I’m delighted to present the CAP of the Year award to Allerdale CAP, which works in the Maryport area of the borough. It’s a brilliant example of organisations and the community working together to improve the health and wellbeing of young people. In particular I’d like to commend the strong partnership it has formed with Netherhall School in Maryport. 28 young people from the school have now taken part in CAP’s Young Health Champions course – a valuable qualification equivalent to a GCSE, designed to give them the confidence and skills to become health champions.
This has made a huge difference to the young people’s lives, helping them make their own informed lifestyle choices and present health campaign messages to other young people and the wider community. The feedback from the young people has been excellent, with 100% of participants saying they would recommend the course to others and that taking part in the programme has improved their knowledge of healthy behaviours.”
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, 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 annual report can be viewed here.
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