Snodland Community Alcohol Partnership ‘Highly Commended’

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Last Updated: 11 Oct 2017 4:40pm

The Snodland Community Alcohol Partnership is celebrating the news that they have won a ‘Highly Commended’ award from the Community Alcohol Partnership for their work to reduce underage drinking in 2016.

The annual Community Alcohol Partnership awards recognise exceptional achievements in tackling underage drinking during the preceding year and provide a great opportunity to raise awareness of the vital role partnerships play in improving the health and safety of local communities.

The Snodland Community Alcohol Partnership was ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Most Improved Locality’ category having submitted a detailed evaluation, including feedback from local businesses, on how it has worked to expand alcohol education and awareness beyond the classroom by working with and supporting local retailers, community groups and businesses.  Reports of rowdy or drunken behaviour have reduced significantly in the west of Snodland and more than seventy young people have been helped by the Kenward Trust Outreach Services.  The partnership also worked with the Co-operative to run proxy alcohol purchase campaigns to dissuade adults from buying alcohols for underage drinkers.

The award was presented on Tuesday 10 October to Alison Finch and Sue Bell (representatives of the Snodland CAP) at the prestigious One Great George Street, Westminster by Susan Morgan, Impact and Quality Manager, Wales Audit Office and CAP Board Director.

Alison Finch, (Chair of the Snodland CAP) from the Snodland Community Alcohol Partnership said: “We are delighted to receive this award, which recognises just how effective a partnership approach can be in tackling key health issues. The risks and dangers of underage and irresponsible drinking should not be underestimated and we will continue to work together to improve attitudes and behaviour.”

Susan Morgan, Impact and Quality Manater, Wales Audit Office and CAP Board Director  said “Snodland CAP has been an active partnership since 2012 and truly demonstrates the effectiveness of proactive working. When it began, rates of anti-social behaviour were high for this small area and CAP partners worked hard to reduce underage drinking. However last year saw a sudden increase in reports of young people causing disturbances. The CAP stepped up its work and began to meet more frequently to come up with new actions to stop the problems before they grew.”

To report proxy alcohol or underage alcohol sales or to discuss other related issues, please contact the Tonbrige and Malling Community Safety Partnership by emailing csp@tmbc.gov.uk or by calling 01732 844522.