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 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.

 

 

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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