Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

CAP activity will always be locally determined but will generally encourage and include a focus on education, enforcement, public perception, communication, diversionary activity and evaluation. 


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Education

Education is key to raising awareness about the impact of underage alcohol consumption on health and society and the laws relating to young people and alcohol.

Enforcement

An essential part of CAP is the enforcement of the laws relating to young people and alcohol including purchase of alcohol by under 18s, sales to under 18s, drinking by under 18s in public places and proxy or agent purchase.

Public perception

It is important that where schemes are successful in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in a designated area, local people feel safer as a result. Surveys of local people carried out prior to and after the pilot phase are a good way to gauge any changes in public opinion.

Communication

CAP has developed lots of publicity materials, including banners, posters and leaflets, which can be adapted to suit the needs of local schemes.

Diversionary activity

CAPs offer a range of alcohol-free activities for young people to enhance their confidence, health and wellbeing.

Evaluation

All CAPs carry out a baseline evaluation and a further evaluation at the end of the project. These demonstrate the significant positive difference they are making to their local communities.

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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