Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

By the end of 2016 there will be 124 local CAPs, made up of partnerships between retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and health providers.


 HMC1312CAP’s 2016 Impact Report, launched at Westminster on 14th November 2016 at the start of Alcohol Awareness Week, shows how CAPs are empowering communities to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents. The report provides evidence of significant impacts on crime, anti-social behaviour, litter, feelings of safety and reductions in underage purchasing of alcohol in CAP areas.                                                                                                                                                            

Local partners’ evaluations show that on average, in CAP areas

  • alcohol-related youth anti-social behaviour fell by 40%
  • confiscations (police seizures) of alcohol from under 18s drinking in public fell by 85%
  • attempted purchase of alcohol by under 18s fell by 75%
  • attempted “proxy purchase” of alcohol by adults on behalf of children fell significantly (ranging from 41% - 65%)

Launching the Impact Report, Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism Sarah Newton said: “It is clear that Community Alcohol Partnerships are playing an important role in reducing young people’s alcohol consumption and protecting them from the harms caused by alcohol abuse.


The Government is committed to building a safer Britain that works for everyone and I am impressed with the work that CAPs are doing across the UK, to protect and support young people in our society.


Alcohol-related violent crime has fallen - but it is clear that alcohol misuse has a significant impact on young people and their communities across the country, and partnerships such as this are an effective way to tackle this issue.”


Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, said: “Easy access to alcohol can sometimes put young people at greater risk of a range of dangers. CAPs play a vital role in bringing key stakeholders together to tackle underage drinking, helping to keep young people and communities safe. I would also like to congratulate all involved for their hard work and commitment to making a real difference through CAPs in their areas.’’


CAP Chair Derek Lewis said: “The evidence in this Impact Report demonstrates that Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) are an established, proven and highly successful way of reducing underage drinking and associated harms.  Local partnerships of communities and retailers working together to provide tailor-made solutions to underage drinking in their areas are a powerful and effective way to protect children and create better and safer neighbourhoods.”


At the launch, CAP Excellence Awards were presented to local champions for their outstanding contribution to CAPs in their communities:

The CAP National Overall Community Champion Award went to Dave Looker, Retail Risk Manager for Sainsburys.  He supports CAPs throughout the UK, advising on potential initiatives, helping to arrange training, organising support from local stores and helping to set up new CAPs.


CAP Community Champions Awards for Scotland went to Ian Lovie, Licensing and Compliance Manager for ScotMid Ltd and Temporary Police Sergeant Mark Pickavance of Edinburgh CAP. Ian has been an important member of the East Edinburgh CAP since its creation and is an enthusiastic partner in the development of new CAPs across Edinburgh and Scotland.  Mark’s commitment to the community has resulted in significant reductions in anti-social behaviour and underage drinking.


The CAP Community Champion Award for Wales went to Police Community Support Officer Sian Jenkins of South Wales Police. Sian has been pivotal in driving forward the Pontardawe CAP, the first to be supported with grant funding by the Welsh Government. She has created a passionate and committed working group; engaged the two local secondary schools and organised free weekly football events in partnership with the local leisure centre. 


CAP Community Champions Awards for the East Midlands went to Sue Grief, Communications Officer at Ashfield and Mansfield CAPs and Craig Spence, Senior Neighbourhood Manager of Corby Borough Council. Sue has come up with innovative ways to inform and educate the public and her inspiring idea for temporary spray stencils on pavements outside shops warning adults not to buy alcohol for children has been adopted by CAPs all around the UK. Craig has been the Co-ordinator of Corby CAP since 2014, engaging effectively with schools in the area and helping to bring down anti-social behaviour by 27%.


The CAP Community Champions Award for North East England went to Rebecca O’Grady of Ilkley and Clayton CAPs. Rebecca works for West Yorkshire Police as a District Crime Problem Solver in a Neighbourhood Support Hub covering all areas of Bradford. She set up CAPs in Ilkley and Clayton and is now setting up new CAPs in Idle and in the area surrounding Bradford College. Rebecca’s enthusiasm and motivation to support the young people of Bradford is inspirational.


CAP Community Champions Awards for South West England went to:


Helen Cox and Susan Dabbs of Hayling Island CAP for their commitment to education and diversionary activities.  Working closely with pupils of Hayling College, Helen Cox, Director of Lower School, and Susan Dabbs from Havant Borough Council, have delivered a range of exciting and informative projects and events including an Enterprise Day and Dragon’s Den event.


Matt Knight and Tessa Brunsden of Reading CAP who have been pivotal in driving forward an exciting programme of work as part of the first ever borough-wide CAP scheme.  They’ve organised football tournaments with Reading Football Club incorporating alcohol education; taken the wheel of the First Stop Bus mobile alcohol education service for local schools and sixth form colleges and created a Retailer Passport to help independent licensees. 


The CAP Community Champion Award for the West Midlands went to Sgt David Rogers of West Midlands Police who pioneered an early intervention project in the Tipton CAP, working with young people identified as committing anti-social behaviour and involving them in community projects including painting and decorating youth centres, litter-picking and gardening.  This work was well received by the community, CAP partners and the families involved.


The CAP Community Champion Award for South East England went to Marguerite Dennison of Swanscombe, Kent CAP. As Area Risk Manager for the Southern Division of Co-op, Marguerite has always ensured her stores are actively involved in CAPs and recently developed a Youth Employment Project pilot, partnering with Kent Training and Apprenticeships to offer young people work experience and the chance to find jobs.


The CAP Youth Community Champion Award went to Henry Maybury, a young singer and songwriter whose brother Tom died from an alcohol related illness aged just 29. Henry’s debut song “Lost Days” was written in tribute to his brother and has achieved over a million views on YouTube. Henry travels around schools and prisons to share his story and provides great support to CAPs throughout the UK, whether by performing, speaking or attending events.


For media information, contact Julia Shipston, Communications Manager for Community Alcohol Partnerships, tel 0771 3163003, email: [email protected]

Notes to editors:

  • In 2014, 38% of 11-15 year olds in England had drunk alcohol. This continued the downward trend since 2003, when 61% of pupils had drunk alcohol. 1However 4% said they drank alcohol at least once a week and a further 5% said they drank once a fortnight.2
  • 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.
  • CAP schemes around the UK have reported positive impacts:
    • Brecon saw a reduction in alcohol-related youth anti-social behaviour of 39.5%
    • In Corby there was a 27% decrease in calls to the police about alcohol related anti-social behaviour by young people
    • In Derry youth nuisance decreased by 50%
    • In Doncaster there was a 75% reduction in attempted purchases by under 18s
    • Durham saw a 25% reduction in alcohol related anti-social behaviour, rising to 50% during school holidays
    • In Edinburgh there was an 80% reduction in alcohol seizures from young people
    • Gateshead saw a 50% reduction in youth alcohol-related crime
    • In Great Yarmouth there was an 83% decrease in police letters to parents of under 18s caught with alcohol and a 61% decrease in crime and disorder reports linked to street drinking
    • Hayling Island saw a 41% decrease in anti-social behaviour
    • In Islington, London, there was a 50% reduction in youth alcohol-related accidents requiring the attention of the London Ambulance Service;
    • In Mansfield, Nottinghamshire there was a 53% reduction in youth anti-social behaviour
    • In Tower Hamlets, London, there was a 46% decrease in anti-social behaviour; an 87% decrease in alcohol seizures and 80% decrease in youth disorder
  • CAP is a community interest company (CiC), funded by major retailers who share its concerns about underage drinking. Current funders include: Aldi, ASDA, Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), Brown Forman, Co-op, Diageo, Heineken, Lidl, Marks and Spencer, Molson Coors, One Stop, Sainsbury’s, SHS Drinks, Tesco and Waitrose. We are also grateful to the Welsh Government which provided £15,000 towards the establishment of three new CAPs in Wales.
  • It is now nine years since the first CAP was set up in St Neots in 2007. Between 2014 and 2016 the number of CAPs more than doubled and by the end of 2016 there will be 124 across the UK.

1 Statistics on Alcohol, Health and Social Care Information Centre, published 30 June 2016.

2 Data intelligence summary: Alcohol consumption and harm among under 18 year olds, Public Health England, published July 2016.

Alcohol-related violence has fallen – but it is clear that alcohol misuse has a significant impact on young people and their communities across the country and partnerships such as this are an effective way to tackle this issue. Easy access to alcohol can sometimes put young people at greater risk of dangers. CAPs play a vital role in bringing key stakeholders together to tackle underage drinking, helping to keep young people and communities safe.

Dame Vera Baird QC
Victims Commissioner

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