Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

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


Climbing-wallCAP encourages local partnerships to conduct an early assessment of the leisure and diversionary activities available for young people in their area, to consult with them about what they’d like to do, and look at ways to increase choice and accessibility.
As well as enhancing young people's confidence, mental and physical health and well- being, these activities are also an excellent opportunity to deliver alcohol education in an informal setting.

Most CAPs work closely with existing leisure and sports facilities, using youth clubs, youth buses and local cafes to provide opportunities for young people to drop in and meet in a supervised, safe environment.

Involving young people in the process gives them a sense of ownership and sends an important message that their voice matters. It has also led to some innovative projects, including baking and cookery sessions, music events, gardening projects, mindfulness based meditation, martial arts and Manga drawing classes.

 

 

Our local CAP has seen significant results: there’s been a 17% reduction in alcohol related anti-social behaviour in just two years. But it’s about more than statistics. One aspect of the CAP has had much higher aims – to change the way young people talk about and view alcohol. That’s a significant challenge given that many of our young people use alcohol as a way of creating a social identity for themselves.

Tommy Sheppard
MP for East Edinburgh

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