Longtown Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) has won a national award for its work tackling underage drinking.
Its co-ordinator Sergeant Scott Adams of Cumbria Police received the CAP of the Year (England) Award from CAP Board member Neil Eccles, Senior Manager at Asda, at the annual CAP celebration at the House of Lords on January 29.
Neil Eccles said: “Although it was only launched in 2018, Longtown CAP has already brought about a hugely impressive 80% reduction in anti-social behaviour. Before the CAP was launched there was no provision for young people in Longtown. The CAP has held engagement nights with local young people which led to partners working together to raise funds. The partnership has raised £8,000 so far which has enabled a room to be renovated at the community centre for local young people and for youth work to take place to engage with young people on the streets. I’m delighted to present this award to Longtown CAP.”
Scott Adams says: “A vital part of the CAP's work has been engaging with young people, getting them involved with the campaign and building their trust. Working hard to engage with this traditionally difficult-to-reach group has been key to our success. They’ve told us what they want and need, and the CAP is working hard to provide it. Residents’ complaints to police about anti-social behaviour have reduced significantly as a result.”
CAPs are made up of partnerships between retailers, local authorities, police, schools, 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. The CAP 2019 annual report, launched at the House of Lords, shows how this innovative partnership approach has brought significant reductions in alcohol supply to children, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and underage street drinking.
Evaluations for the period 2015-2019 show:
• 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds
• 40% reductions in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
• 80% improvement in Challenge 25 compliance following CAP training
• 90% reductions in residents reporting seeing under 18s drinking in the local area
• 77% reduction in young people hanging around shops and asking adults to buy alcohol for them
CAP Chair Derek Lewis said: “Underage drinking is associated with school and educational problems, unprotected sex, consumption of illicit drugs, violence and drinking problems in later life. We have been greatly encouraged to see emerging evidence that CAPs are reducing alcohol consumption by underage children. While the proportion of young people in England who regularly consume alcohol has dropped slowly between 2001 and 2018, the reductions achieved in CAP areas are even greater, with 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds. We believe that this reflects the increasing emphasis on working with schools within the CAP areas.”
For media information please contact: Julia Shipston, Communications Manager at CAP: tel: 0771 3163003, email [email protected]
Notes for Editors
The first CAP was set up in St Neots in 2007 and 201 have now been launched across the UK.