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Summer newsletter 2013

Welcome to the quarterly CAP newsletter.

In this issue we focus on engagement with parents and publish an exclusive interview with Drinkaware's Adrian Hall, Campaigns Manager for Parents and Young People. The last few months have been extremely busy with six new CAPs launched in July and a great deal of exciting diversionary activity and alcohol education provided across many CAP areas.

Six new CAPs launched in July - in the week that the Government launched its response to the Alcohol Strategy consultation, four CAPs were launched in Edinburgh, Wigan, Rotherham and Durham following recent launches in Sheffield and Thurrock. The number of active CAPs now stands at 50 with plans underway for new CAPs in over 20 locations, many of them located in areas with “high harms” in the North West and North East of England.

There has been a great deal of activity in many CAP areas with exciting diversionary activities for youngsters to coincide with the summer weather and alcohol education delivered to children, parents, teachers and school nurses.  

Evaluations of CAP schemes continue to show marked improvements in a range of behaviours linked to underage alcohol misuse. A recent evaluation of the Brecon scheme found a near 40% decrease in reports of alcohol-related youth anti-social behaviour. In the CAP area in Gateshead, preliminary findings show that ASB reduced by 50% in January/February 2013 compared to the same period a year ago.  And an interim evaluation of the Derry CAP found a 54% reduction in youth alcohol referral.

Focus on Engaging with Parents

Interview with Adrian Hall, Campaign Manager – Parents and Young People, Drinkaware

Q: Protecting children from alcohol related harm must be a top priority for us as a society. Where should the main responsibility for alcohol education lie – with schools or in the home? Which is more important?

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New CAP launches

Flagship Scottish CAP launched in East Edinburgh

A multi-agency initiative to tackle underage drinking and associated problems was launched in the Scottish Capital on 17th July, supported by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice. The East Edinburgh CAP, which is the first of its kind in Edinburgh, will focus on the Portobello and Piershill areas of the city...

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Other CAP news

CAP-Fest in Oswestry

Young people in and around Oswestry attended a special fun-filled event during May half term (2013) at Cae Glas Park, Oswestry. The CAP-Fest event offered teenagers the opportunity to take part in a host of activities from music workshops to sports activities, including free ramp sessions by “Ramped”...

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In the next CAP Newsletter

In the next newsletter we will be focusing on best practice in reducing proxy purchases and would welcome submissions from CAP partners on innovative work that they are carrying out in their areas to tackle this problem. If you would like to contribute an article or suggest a theme for future newsletters please contact [email protected]


Philip Loring, CAP Director responsible for South England
Tel: 07947 695524 Email: [email protected]
Sarah Hill, CAP Officer for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and North England
Tel: 07715 671096 Email: [email protected]
Russell Sharland, CAP Officer for the South West
Tel: 07882 731 728 Email: [email protected]
Alan Simpson, CAP Officer for the East and North East
Tel: 07772 471 158 Email: [email protected]
Kate Winstanley, CAP Programme Manager
Tel: 07590 924710 Email: [email protected]