Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) is a Community Interest Company (CiC) which brings together and supports local partnerships of councils, police, retailers, schools, health providers and community groups across the UK to reduce alcohol harm among young people, improve their health and wellbeing and enhance their communities.


The single most important function of CAP is as a catalyst for effective local partnership work to reduce alcohol harm. We work with local communities to bring together and support stakeholders with a shared interest in preventing underage drinking and encouraging responsible drinking among young adults.


Local CAP partners will typically include police, trading standards, relevant local authority departments such as public health, licensing, community engagement and youth services, schools, local charities, housing associations, resident associations and alcohol retailers/licensees.


Each local CAP partnership is supported by a small head office team and local advisers, and is managed by a co-ordinator, who is often an employee of the local authority or police force.

CAP CiC has an independent Chair, Derek Lewis, and a Board of Directors which includes retailers, representatives of voluntary and charity sectors, the police and trading standards.

Funding for CAP CiC is provided by major alcohol retailers and alcohol producers who share our concerns about the harm of underage drinking. However, CAP’s work is entirely independent of these funders. Local CAPs receive additional funding from a wide variety of sources, including community funds and regional grants.

Our core activities are:

Education

education

Diversionary activities for young people 

diversion

Enforcement

Police

Business engagement 

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A vital part of the CAP’s work has been engaging with young people, getting them involved in the campaign and building their trust. The CAP held engagement nights with local young people to discuss the issue of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour. They told us there was nothing for them to do – the community centre had no funding, access to the sports field had been cut off and there were very few facilities for young people. So far CAP has held community events, reopened access to the sports field, cleared the discussed BMX track and held street art sessions. Working hard to engage with this traditionally difficult-to-reach group has been key to our success.

Scott Adams
Cumbria Constabulary

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