A community alcohol partnership (CAP) has launched in Ryde to tackle underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.
A local survey of Ryde young people aged 18 and under was carried out to monitor the scale of the issue and to help shape an action plan for the area.
The results found that of the 617 respondents, 25 per cent of youngsters drank alcohol once or twice a month, 13 per cent drank at least once a week and six per cent drank every day or almost every day.
More than two thirds of young people responding to the survey had alcohol provided by their parents or guardians (61 per cent) and other relatives (21 per cent). Eleven per cent of under 18 year olds got their alcohol from a shop, supermarket, or off-licence and in those cases, three per cent of those outlets refused to sell alcohol to the survey participants.
“I am delighted to announce the launch of the CAP in Ryde. There is growing concern in the area about the levels of underage drinking and the action plan will aim to prevent youngsters damaging their health, development and opportunities, as well as lessening the impact on the wider community,” said Ryde CAP chair, Julie Woodhouse.
“We are already off to a good start - Ryde Academy has been proactively providing students opportunities to explore their relationship with alcohol and Network Ryde, a youth support project, will be offering an opportunity to explore alcohol misuse in young people through an art project based at the 147 café in Ryde.”
CAP activities already put in place in the area included a test purchase of alcohol by the council’s Trading Standards from off licensed premises in Ryde. This confirmed that on the whole underage children are not able to easily purchase alcohol in Ryde. Eight out of nine premises passed the test and refused to sell alcohol without valid ID, reflecting the low survey findings (11 per cent) of premises selling alcohol to young people in the area.
CAPs are made up of partnerships between local authorities, police, schools, retailers, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to empower communities to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents.
They aim to reduce the sale of alcohol to young people, advise on the dangers of drinking and provide alcohol-free activities through youth services and local charities. Across the country CAPs have had outstanding impacts on local crime, anti-social behaviour, litter, feelings of safety and reductions in the purchase of alcohol.
At the launch of the Ryde CAP at Ryde Academy on 28 June, guest speakers included Andy Parsons from the Home Office’s Drug and Alcohol Unit and Kate Winstanley, director of the national CAP scheme. The reasons for the CAP being set up and the action plan to tackle the problems associated with underage drinking in Ryde were also discussed.
The Ryde CAP will bring together a range of stakeholders, including the council’s trading standards team, police, Ryde Academy, the Community Safety Partnership, Ryde Town Council, The Foyer (not-for-profit organisation for youth development) and Network Ryde. Other stakeholders may be added to the group in the future.
Notes to Editors:
The Ryde CAP was set up under the Local Alcohol Action Area project which is a Home Office initiative that identified the Isle of Wight as an area where reducing alcohol related crime and harm is a priority. The aims on the Isle of Wight are as follows:
• Reduce the impact from people drinking in public places and causing antisocial behaviour.
• Reduce alcohol related violent crime within the night time economy and improve the movement of people to ensure safety and prevent disorder.
• Reduce and raise awareness of alcohol related domestic abuse and sexual violence.
• Improve the collection, sharing and use of data between the Council, Police and NHS.
• Reduce health and social problems arising from drinking too much alcohol.
• Launch a Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) on the island to reduce harm from young people drinking alcohol.
• Create a more diverse and vibrant night time economy and attract a wider audience into the towns in the evening.
For more information contact [email protected] or visit https://www.iwight.com/Council/OtherServices/Community-Safety-Services/Local-Alcohol-Action-Area
The Community Alcohol Partnership Ryde encourages local partnership working to tackle underage alcohol misuse and associated anti-social behaviour. For more information contact [email protected] or visit http://www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk/
The Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership brings together several organisations working together to tackle, prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. For more information contact [email protected] or visit https://www.iwight.com/Residents/care-support-and-housing/Community-Safety-Services/Isle-of-Wight-Community-Safety-Partnership