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Ollerton CAP award 2

Huge congratulations to Ollerton, Boughton and Edwinstowe Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) which has won the Notts Getting Active Together Project of the Year Award.

The awards are organised by Active Notts and recognise those using physical activity to help improve the lives of people across Nottinghamshire and celebrate the amazing work being done to transform the lives, health and wellbeing of local communities.

The Ollerton, Boughton and Edwinstowe CAP was launched in October 2018 as a partnership between retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents. A key part of the strategy is focused around providing diversionary activity for young people in the area. 

A strong partnership between Dukeries Youth Centre, Dukeries Leisure Centre and Active4Today, has allowed youth workers to engage young people to access physical activity opportunities that they wouldn't normally have access to. Satellite Club funding has allowed the Youth Centre to employ a dance instructor from Inspire Youth Arts to deliver weekly dance sessions which have culminated in performances in local dance festivals, while youth workers also take young people to the Leisure Centre to play football in the sports hall. Some young people are being offered special gym passes as a reward for good behaviour, a conversation that also involves the local school.

Consultations are now happening with young people and determine what can be offered next! This is encouraging positive relationships to develop between providers and local young people in the community.

As Youth Centre numbers have increased, anti-social behaviour in the area has dropped significantly and work is now going on to understand how provision can be maintained over the holidays when the youth service normally closes.

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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