Local agencies within Falkirk are looking to establish a Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) within the Bainsford and Langlees areas.
CAPs are made up of partnerships between local authorities, police, schools, retailers, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents.
They have launched an online survey to gather views from local residents on alcohol-related issues in the area.
The proposed CAP will work closely with local agencies to take a proactive approach to alcohol education, ensuring that young people are equipped to make the right decisions about issues including alcohol, anti-social and criminal behaviour. The CAP will also look at providing activities for local young people through youth services and local charities.
If successful, CAP model will be extended to include other areas in Falkirk.
Sergeant Steven Lorimer, who is based at Falkirk Police office, believes that a CAP will promote a health and wellbeing message to young people, allowing them to be better informed about the harm that alcohol can cause. Sergeant Lorimer said:
“We are keen to work together to establish a CAP in the Bainsford and Langlees area and as a first step we will be gathering some baseline information from young people in the area using surveys that will be carried out online.
“We would also like to gather some information from residents of Bainsford and Langlees about the impact the underage drinking has on them and again we will do this through the survey. I would encourage residents to complete the survey, as it’s really important we hear their views about what we should be doing.”
To complete the survey, please visit the SurveyMonkey page.
Alternatively, for further information on CAPs throughout Scotland, Wales and England, visit the dedicated CAP website.