John Whittington, Community Safety Manager at Hastings Borough Council, and a key member of the Ore, Hastings Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) has been highly commended for his outstanding contribution to tackling underage drinking.
John received his award at the Westminster launch of the CAP 2017 Impact Report this week.
Presenting the highly commended certificate, Adrian Hill, Group Regional Risk Manager at the Co-operative Group Ltd and CAP Board Director said: “John launched one of our newest CAPs, in Ore, Hastings this year after surveys of parents and residents highlighted that underage drinking and anti-social behaviour were significant problems in the area. He has built exceptionally strong relationships within the partnership, resulting in a great example of multi-agency working and ensuring that different strands of work being undertaken in the area were brought together and built into CAP from the start.”
CAP’s 2017 impact report shows how local CAPs are empowering communities by bringing together retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to tackle underage drinking and improve the quality of life for residents. CAP has now announced plans to double the number of CAPs around the country and extend its remit to provide continued support as children become young adults.
National CAP chair Derek Lewis said: “CAPs offer an evidence-based and locally tailored response to underage alcohol problems. Our targeted approach means that we bring effective national programmes to areas with greatest harms. It is clear from the compelling body of evidence presented in this report that CAPs are making a tangible positive difference to young people, residents and local communities.”
Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, said: "The Ore Community Alcohol Partnership is educating people about the serious effects of consuming alcohol at a young age. As well as making a valuable contribution to tackling the abuse of alcohol in our community this will help to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. The initative was launched thanks to the dedication of John Whittington at Hastings Borough Council. I would like to join CAP in paying tribute to John for his work."
MP Fiona Bruce, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm, said: “It is absolutely vital that we protect young people from the devastating effects of alcohol harm. British children are more likely to binge drink or get drunk than children in most other European countries. This brings serious risks to their health and development and impacts on a wide range of issues, from underperformance at school and later exclusion from the job market, to mental ill health, sexual exploitation, homelessness and imprisonment. I very much welcome CAP’s joined-up, partnership approach to addressing this issue.”
For media information please contact: Julia Shipston, Communications Manager at CAP: tel: 0771 3163003.
Notes for Editors
- Photograph of Adrian Hill and John Whittington attached.
- 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.1 However 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 is a community interest company (CIC), funded by major retailers who share its concerns about underage drinking. Current funders include: Aldi, ASDA, 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.
- The first CAP was set up in St Neots in 2007. Between 2014 and 2016 the number of CAPs more than doubled and there are now 150 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.