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The Ovenden Community Alcohol Partnership’s Week of Action was a series of activities planned to raise awareness and tackle underage drinking between Monday 19 June  – Saturday 24 June 2017.

It included spraying warning stencils on local pavements to warn against buying alcohol for children; alcohol interventions training; events for young people and a visit to Trinity Academy to talk about the consequences and impact of alcohol related antisocial behaviour.

Education is key to the CAP and a vital part of the week’s activity was talking directly to young people as well as visiting retailers to raise awareness about the law around alcohol sales and the impact of underage alcohol consumption on individuals and the community.

More than 130 CAPs have now been set up across the UK as a way to tackle underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.

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For more information on any of the activities in the Week of Action, contact Karen Scanlon on  01422 255402 or email at

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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