CAP encourages local partnerships to assess leisure activities for young people in their area, to talk to them about what they would like to do and look at ways to increase choice and accessibility.

Most CAPs work closely with existing leisure and sports facilities, using youth clubs, youth buses and local cafés to provide opportunities for young people to drop in and meet in a supervised, safe environment. As well as enhancing their confidence, health and wellbeing, these activities are also an excellent opportunity to deliver alcohol education in an informal setting.  

CAP believes that engaging young people in meaningful and enjoyable activities in the company of a positive peer group is an important step in addressing underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.  

CAP is able to offer grant funding to increase the positive activities available to young people – and often, just a little support can go a long way.  


All action plans are based on three key pillars namely:

Alcohol education
Provision of positive activities
Responsible retail strategies

Since 2017, we have also encouraged CAPs to include an objective around moderate/safe drinking for 18-25 year olds.  

Local CAP schemes are established and run by people from a variety of organisations within their communities, including retailers, to identify and tackle the problems associated with alcohol consumption by young people.  

Our funding has enabled some inventive projects

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Mobile floodlights

To continue youth outreach work over the winter, CAP has funded the purchase of floodlights to allow local partnerships to hold activities for children and young people in places like local playing fields which are often too dark to use in the winter months.


Beer googles

Beer googles are an innovative way of simulating the experience of being drunk and are popular in schools.  Their effects include confusion, visual distortion, slowed reaction time and lack of coordination. CAP funding has allowed local partnerships to purchase the googles and use them in alcohol education workshops.


Youth engagement bus

Thanks, in part to CAP funding, a mobile youth engagement bus in Wales, complete with light up footballs for impromptu games of football in the park and a light up speaker for music, has taken to the road. The bus is also equipped with tea, coffee, chocolate, sanitary items and toothpaste/toiletries.


Summer holiday programme

Summer holidays are often a challenging time for young people as they find themselves with little to do. CAP Scotland has funded a “Beat Boredom” summer holiday programme of activities for children in deprived parts of Edinburgh which included taster fencing sessions, visits to the beach, kayaking and visits to Ninja Warrior Adventure Centre.


Self-defence classes

Martial arts self-defence sessions complemented by 'Respect and Challenging Sexism' awareness sessions were used to help challenge stereotypes and 'estate culture' attitudes by a local partnership in the North-East. The sessions, funded by CAP, also helped to improve physical fitness and mental well-being of the children and young people involved.


Goal nets and football kits

CAP funded the purchase of new goal nets and football kits for a partnership operating in an extremely deprived area of Scotland. The area suffers from high levels of underage drinking, anti-social behaviour and a lack of positive activities for young people. The kit enabled outreach workers to engage with the children and young people over a simple game of football.


Self-care and healthy eating classes

Our partnerships take a flexible approach to alcohol education and they often integrate general health messages into their work. CAP funding enabled one local partnership to purchase food ingredients, an air-fryer and a blender to help educate children and young people about self-care and healthy eating.


Scottish Fire and Rescue partnership

As part of CAP activity partners took part in a water safety event at Campsie Glen led by Scottish Fire and Rescue.  It aimed to engage with young people at known open water swimming locations, advising them of the dangers of open water swimming, cold water shock, jumping from heights and drinking alcohol.


Free soft drinks for designated drivers

South Wales Police set up a designated driver scheme which enables designated drivers to access free drinks throughout the evening at premises displaying the DES poster. In Dec 2022, 16 premises in Cardiff were signed up to the scheme with more set to join.