House of lords reception
Almost 90 people attended a reception hosted by outgoing CAP Chair the Rt Hon Baroness Newlove of Warrington at the House of Lords on 27 March. The event marked the inauguration of new CAP Chair, Derek Lewis. Derek Lewis brings a wealth of experience and knowledge having held executive and non-executive positions across the health, criminal justice, education, training and employability sectors, including the chairmanship of Drinkaware - a role which he held from 2008 to February 2014.
Commenting on the appointment of Derek Lewis as her replacement, Baroness Newlove - who steps down after almost three years in the role – said, “It has been a privilege to lead the Community Alcohol Partnerships programme. In that time, CAP has become an established and proven solution to reducing underage drinking and associated harm to local communities. Derek Lewis is well qualified to lead the growth of CAP at this exciting time and I wish him every success in this important role.”
Derek Lewis responded: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Chair of CAP and am very much looking to working with the CAP Board to oversee the next phase in the development of this impressive and important initiative. Collaborative working between a wide range of local stakeholders with a clear focus on shared aims and objectives is at the heart of the success of CAP. I want to help CAP to build on its impressive track record and harness its full potential to improve communities up and down the country that are blighted by underage drinking and its consequences.”
CAP supports LAAA project
In February the Government announced the names of twenty areas across England and Wales which have been set up as Local Alcohol Action Areas (LAAAs) to tackle alcohol harms and/or promote diverse night time economies. Each action area will receive support and expertise from the Home Office, the Department of Health, the Welsh Government, Public Health England and Public Health Wales. LAAAs are being encouraged to adopt a partnership approach that includes working with local businesses and to adopt successful industry-funded schemes such as CAP and Best Bar None.
The LAAA announcement has given fresh impetus to new CAP development. There are now plans to develop new CAPs in Doncaster, Slough and Southend-on-Sea. Positive discussions have taken place with relevant partners in Blackpool, Croydon, Halton, Greater Manchester, Middlesborough, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Scarborough and Weston super Mare. Where CAPs already exist in a LAAA e.g. Hastings, it is likely that LAAA project work will build on the existing CAP infrastructure. There are currently three existing CAPs in LAAAs – in Hastings, Gravesham and Wigan (part of Greater Manchester).
Minister calls for local partnership working to tackle alcohol harms at conference
Home Office Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker MP, has called for more local partnerships to tackle alcohol harms specific to local needs.
The Minister opened a conference on 3 April, entitled Building partnerships to tackle alcohol harms.
Facilitated by the Portman Group, the conference brought together industry and non-industry led local alcohol schemes, local authorities, police, health services and other local partners to share best practice.
The event was also attended by some of the Home Office’s recently announced Local Alcohol Action Areas (LAAAs) to learn how industry can provide support to tackle alcohol harms in those areas.
The event featured a ‘speed-dating’ session where delegates were able to meet representatives from CAP and a number of other industry-led schemes to find out how the industry can help public sector partners tackle alcohol harms locally. Feedback and follow up from the event has been extremely positive.
Evans Woolfe Media has produced a promotional film/DVD for CAP, the main purpose of which is to promote uptake and development of new CAP schemes. The film tells the story of CAP through the stakeholders and young people already involved in and benefiting from the existence of a CAP scheme in their community and features footage from the Edinburgh, Brecon and Hayling Island CAPs. The narrative is organised around three key areas of focus:
- Business engagement and enforcement
- Diversionary activity
The film can be downloaded from the CAP website here and DVDs are available on request from CAP.