Newark and Sherwood District Council’s health improvement officer and co-ordinator of the Ollerton, Boughton and Edwinstowe Community Alcohol Partnership commended at celebration at House of Lords
Tackling under-age drinking and helping to improve the lives, health and wellbeing of young people led to a national award for a council officer.
Helen Ellison, Newark and Sherwood District Council’s health improvement officer and co-ordinator of the Ollerton, Boughton and Edwinstowe Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP), was awarded the outstanding contribution by an individual award at the CAP celebration at the House of Lords.
She said: “As a mother myself, it’s hugely rewarding to be a part of an initiative that is making a genuine difference to the lives and wellbeing of young people in an area which has experienced high levels of under-age drinking.
CAP was launched in October 2018, as part of the council’s Cleaner, Safer and Greener campaign, to prevent the sale of alcohol to young people, advise them on the dangers of drinking and provide alcohol-free activities through youth services and local charities.
As a main component of the initiative, diversionary activities that involve physical activity were launched for under-18s to engage with and to help deter them from drinking alcohol.
A wide variety of sessions promoting healthy lifestyles were set up, including a weekly parkrun, football, netball, kickboxing, cycling, skateboarding and rugby.
CAPs, which have been established in other parts of the UK, are made up of retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and health providers that work together with the aim of educating young people, adults, licensees and retailers.
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