The Fylde Community Alcohol Partnership has received additional funding to help further reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour throughout the area.
A revenue funded budget increase of £4,160, received via the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, has been allocated to the Fylde Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) to extend the provision of educational services aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour caused by youth drinking within target areas.
Cllr Karen Buckley, Leader of Fylde Council, said: “Fylde Council and our partners have worked hard to deliver this vital project. We’ve seen such great results, and it’s wonderful that it will continue helping the young people of our borough and making our residents feel safe.”
The project was established in March 2021 with initial funding of just over £15,000 from the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, bringing together partners to form the CAP with the aim of helping address the increase in drinking culture amongst youths aged 11 – 19.
By engaging with local young people to find positive pathways such as volunteering and sports coaching for them to express themselves, the project has so far seen a 43% decrease in reported anti-social behaviour, with up to 170 young people engaging with the scheme monthly according to statistics provided by partners, Streetwise. This is accomplished by delivering targeted multisport sessions, youth engagement work, and diverting youths into other local provision, and runs alongside an educational element in partnership with schools.
Cllr Buckley added: “This top-up funding from the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner to enhance the education side of the delivery will help to highlight the dangers of underage drinking and the effects it has on communities. The programme can now be extended into the next financial year which is good news for the youngsters involved and the community as a whole.”
To find out more about Community Alcohol Partnerships in Lancashire, visit the Lancashire County Council Website.
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