Young people in West Cumbria have voted to fund Community Alcohol Partnerships’ Young Health Champions (YHC) programme as part of the #CanDo project.
#CanDo is part of Transforming West Cumbria, funded by Sellafield Ltd and managed by Cumbria Community Foundation. Its youth panel considers the funding applications that are put to them, ensuring their views are valued and acted upon.
With its grant of £4,824, Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) will work with the Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) to enable 30 disadvantaged young people in Copeland to become young health champions. They will work towards a Level 2 qualification to give them the skills, knowledge and confidence to become peer mentors and take part in social action campaigns in their local communities.
Traditionally the YHC course is delivered in school settings but CAP has pioneered its delivery in non-school settings and for children outside mainstream education. In response to the Covid-19 crisis it has also developed online delivery for the course.
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 their health and wellbeing. One of CAP’s priorities is alcohol education, to ensure that young people are equipped to make the right decisions about a range of issues, including alcohol, drugs, anti-social and criminal behaviour.
Kate Winstanley, Director of CAP, said: “We know that young people’s drinking can put them at increased risk of physical and social harm. This very welcome funding will enable us to support a further 30 disadvantaged young people who will not only increase their own awareness of the risks of underage drinking but will be empowered to spread the message to their peers and communities.”