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Filey CAP launch

L to R: Coun Marilyn Anthony, Filey Town Council, Sarah Walker from Tesco, Inspector Andy Short and PC Andy Davis from the Filey and Eastfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, store manager Ciaran Moan from Tesco, PCSO Rowland Baxter, North Yorkshire Police Licensing Team and Mandy Pepworth, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Community Safety Officer.

 

A Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) was launched in Filey, Eastfield and Hunmanby on 22 March 2022.

CAPs are made up of partnerships between local authorities, police, schools, retailers, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to highlight the risks of underage drinking and improve the health and wellbeing of local young people.

The CAP will work with youth services and local organisations to provide alcohol-free activities for young people. It will also work with local schools to take a proactive approach to alcohol education and ensure that young people are equipped to make the right decisions about issues including alcohol and drugs and anti-social and criminal behaviour. Working with local retailers aims to help them avoid making underage sales and reduce ‘proxy’ sales where adults buy alcohol for under-18s.

Partners in the CAP include Filey and Eastfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, North Yorkshire Police, The Fire and Crime Commissioner, Filey Town Council, Eastfield Town Council, Licensing and Trading Standards, schools, retailers and the local community

Kate Winstanley, Director of Community Alcohol Partnerships, said: "I am delighted to see the launch of a CAP in Filey, Eastfield and Hunmanby. Underage drinking is associated with school and educational problems, unprotected sex, drug-taking, violence and drinking problems in later life. In just over a decade CAP has set up more than 240 partnerships around the UK and our evaluations show they are having a significant impact on reducing children’s alcohol consumption, improving their health and wellbeing and enhancing the communities where they live.”

Inspector Andy Short added: “This part of North Yorkshire remains a safe and friendly place for our children and we want to ensure that it stays that way. I am pleased to see the community coming together in this new CAP to highlight the risks of underage drinking and reduce alcohol harm among our young people.”

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About Community Alcohol Partnerships:

CAPs bring together a range of local stakeholders with a shared interest in preventing underage drinking and encouraging responsible drinking among young adults.

A rigorous evaluation framework shows how this innovative partnership approach has brought significant reductions in alcohol supply to children, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and underage street drinking, with CAP areas demonstrating:

  • 61% average reductions in weekly drinking among 13–16-year-olds
  • 99% of retailers passed Challenge 25 compliance test for alcohol sales
  • 86% of retailers did not sell alcohol when they suspected it was a ‘proxy’ sale
  • 50% reduction in young people hanging around shops and asking adults to buy alcohol for them
  • 42% reduction in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour

For more information see: www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk

 

News and Blogs

A vital part of the CAP’s work has been engaging with young people, getting them involved in the campaign and building their trust. The CAP held engagement nights with local young people to discuss the issue of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour. They told us there was nothing for them to do – the community centre had no funding, access to the sports field had been cut off and there were very few facilities for young people. So far CAP has held community events, reopened access to the sports field, cleared the discussed BMX track and held street art sessions. Working hard to engage with this traditionally difficult-to-reach group has been key to our success.

Scott Adams
Cumbria Constabulary

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