A new Community Alcohol Partnership has been launched in Golborne, designed to reduce problems related to underage drinking and related anti-social behaviour, increase education about the risks associated with drinking alcohol and introduce more activities for young people.
The partnership brings together local community groups, residents, alcohol retailers, Wigan Council, Greater Manchester Police and local schools. Together they plan to provide information and advice and help the community to tackle alcohol-related problems.
Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for environment says, ‘Residents raised concerns about anti-social behaviour in Golborne at one of our ‘Have Your Say’ sessions and this partnership group has been formed to address the issues. As part of The Deal at Wigan Council, we encourage local residents, businesses and services to work together whenever possible to improve local areas, and this work is a fantastic example of that.’
Wigan is the only borough in Greater Manchester to try this approach, and already the Golborne partnership has introduced some positive initiatives. A new youth club has been set up at Heath Street Methodist Church on Friday evenings, local alcohol retailers have passed checks to ensure they are not selling alcohol to under 18s and surveys are underway to get the views of local people, youths and retailers about alcohol issues.
Future aims include Responsible Retailer training to all the shops who have committed to being scheme members, as well as providing alcohol awareness information to youths and parents. A new Youth Voice group is also being set up in Golborne, so that young people will be able to get involved in improving their local area.
The project was officially launched with a Proxy Awareness Weekend, where local alcohol retailers helped to inform the community of the real consequences and risks of buying alcohol for under 18s.
Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) across the UK have enjoyed considerable success tackling underage drinking with a mix of education, enforcement, community engagement and the provision of diversionary activities for young people.
Kate Winstanley, Director of Community Alcohol Partnerships said: “I am delighted at the launch of a CAP in Golborne. Community Alcohol Partnerships are a tried and tested way of driving down underage drinking and creating better, safer and friendlier neighbourhoods.”
“Locally tailored partnerships, which recognise that alcohol retailers are an important part of the solution, have been shown to be highly effective in driving down harm. Successful CAPs rely on the support of local stakeholders and the support of the Golborne community will be vital.”
For further details about the Golborne Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) please e-mail [email protected]
About Community Alcohol Partnerships:
Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) schemes are set up to tackle underage drinking and the resulting harm to local communities. All schemes are managed and delivered locally via partnerships between local authorities, police, retailers, schools and neighbourhood groups and health providers, offering a flexible model tailored to fit the needs of each community. All schemes incorporate a mixture of education, enforcement, community engagement and the provision of diversionary activities for young people. For more information see www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk