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A7(a). Community Actions to Tackle Alcohol Harms
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 30 April, 2015
Please describe how you have supported local community activity to tackle alcohol's social and health harms, over the last year (2000 characters limit):
The WSTA continues to provide significant in-kind support for Community Alcohol Partnerships including support for the CAP Director and Officers and for CAP as a Community Interest Company.
The WSTA promotes Community Alcohol Partnerships across our website and in our publications, and most importantly to our members. The WSTA continues to administer the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group, which developed CAP and provides 4 of the retailer board members to the CAP board. In addition to providing funding, RASG members are actively participating in all CAPs in the UK, providing further in-kind funding to individual schemes.
A total of 32 new CAPs were launched during the period April 2014 – March 2015 including 9 new CAPs in Local Alcohol Action Areas - bringing to 84 the total number of CAPs set up to date across the UK. Of these a total of 65 are active or in “maintenance” mode though the true number of communities with an active CAP is actually higher as many CAPs comprise multiple areas/towns.
Individual CAP schemes determine their own action plans including: diversionary activity and outreach work for under 18s; enforcement activity; retailer training; alcohol education for young people; teacher training; parent education/campaigns; locally tailored campaigns designed to raise awareness of the laws on underage/proxy purchase and penalties. Quarterly progress reports with detailed information on CAP scheme actions for the period in question are available on request and are supplied to all funders and stakeholders.
CAP continues proactively to encourage new scheme development in areas with relatively high underage harms, priority regions are North East, North West, Scotland and Wales. CAP appointed two new officers responsible for North West and Scotland in February 2015 in readiness for anticipated new CAP development in both regions in coming years.
Further information can be found here: http://www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk
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