Author: Carolyn Brownell

The Cardiff Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) has won a national award for its work tackling underage drinking.

Lauren Idowu of Public Health Wales and Ian Tumelty the Business Crime Reduction Manager for Cardiff Against Business Crime (FOR Cardiff) received the CAP of the Year (Wales) Award from Kate Winstanley, CAP Director, at the annual CAP celebration at the House of Lords on January 29.

Kate Winstanley said: “Cardiff was the first CAP to include 18-25 year olds within the project. The city has a vibrant night-time economy and the CAP works to ensure the safety of these young people, working in partnership to bring together existing initiatives and add value to them. Help points are to be installed across the city and training is currently being delivered to door staff to provide support for vulnerable young people. The CAP also works closely with Cardiff universities to reduce anti-social behaviour, alcohol-related violence and health risks from high levels of intoxication among students.”

She added: “I’d also like to congratulate Pontardawe CAP and Pontypridd CAP which were highly commended in this category for their most effective work addressing underage drinking in Wales by focussing on the education of young people and holding local public engagement events.”

CAPs are made up of partnerships between retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to empower communities to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents. The CAP 2019 annual report, launched at the House of Lords, shows how this innovative partnership approach has brought major reductions in alcohol supply to children, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and underage street drinking.

Evaluations for the period 2015-2019 show:

  • 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds
  • 40% reductions in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
  • 80% improvement in Challenge 25 compliance following CAP training
  • 90% reductions in residents reporting seeing under 18s drinking in the local area
  • 77% reduction in young people hanging around shops and asking adults to buy alcohol for them

CAP Chair Derek Lewis said: ““Underage drinking is associated with school and educational problems, unprotected sex, consumption of illicit drugs, violence and drinking problems in later life. We have been greatly encouraged to see emerging evidence that CAPs are reducing alcohol consumption by underage children.  While the proportion of young people in England who regularly consume alcohol has dropped slowly between 2001 and 2018, the reductions achieved in CAP areas are even greater, with 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds.  We believe that this reflects the increasing emphasis on working with schools within the CAP areas.”

Cardiff has successfully renewed its Purple Flag accreditation after evidencing for the second time that it is has an excellent offering for an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.

An application led by FOR Cardiff and involving partners including South Wales Police, Cardiff Council, British Transport Police, Cardiff Licensees Forum, Street Pastors and a host of cultural venues and attractions was scored against the five core standards. These include being safe and welcoming, the accessibility of the area and the provision of a diverse choice of leisure and entertainment activities available to all.

Enhancing the perception of safety in Cardiff city centre has been a new focus for this year’s application through the production and promotion of a Purple Flag video which achieved a reach 79,805 in its first week across YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Cardiff University, University of South Wales and Cardiff & Vale College have also agreed to show the video at all their open days both locally and internationally and have shared it on their social media channels reaching 344,432 people across the globe.

New for the latest application was the rollout of the Best Bar None scheme which ensures the highest standards in licenced premises. This has been delivered at zero cost to premises within the Purple Flag area and 34 premises are currently working towards accreditation. FOR Cardiff has funded the training of four staff who will carry out the assessments.

FOR Cardiff has also continued to provide training sessions for club and pub staff, fund the Night Marshals team, manage the CityNet Radio system as well as financially supporting different initiatives for students such as the Safety Bus.

Adrian Field, Executive Director of FOR Cardiff said: “Our mission at FOR Cardiff is to make sure the city centre is a welcoming and safe environment that can be enjoyed by everyone. Cardiff can officially continue to be recognised for its varied cultural offering and its safety. FOR Cardiff are proud to lead on obtaining the Purple Flag award for the second year running and delighted we have been successful in retaining it.”

FOR Cardiff announce their successful bid to make Cardiff a Purple Flag accredited city.

The Purple Flag accolade has been awarded to Cardiff by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) for offering an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.

Purple Flag is the scheme that recognises excellent city centre management at night, similar to the Blue Flag for safe beaches and Green Flag for parks.

An application led by FOR Cardiff and involving partners such as South Wales Police, Cardiff Council, British Transport Police, Cardiff Licensees Forum, Street Pastors and a host of cultural venues and attractions was scored against the five core standards set by Purple Flag. These include being safe and welcoming, accessibility of the area and a diverse choice of leisure and entertainment activities available to all.

Enhancing Cardiff’s safety during the evenings and night time, FOR Cardiff has funded training sessions for club and pub staff on vulnerability awareness, brought in Night Marshals to help people get home safely at various taxi ranks and signed up 102 night-time economy businesses as subscribers to their CityNet Radio system – providing a direct line between clubs and pubs to a Police Officer monitoring the city’s CCTV. Other initiatives such as Club Crew, have helped students in and around Cardiff at night-time and to date have assisted more than 400 students struggling with mental health and wellbeing issues.

Adrian Field, Executive Director of FOR Cardiff said: “Our mission at FOR Cardiff is to make sure the city centre is a welcoming and safe environment that can be enjoyed by everyone. That includes the Purple Flag hours of 5pm-5am. Cardiff can now officially be recognised for its varied cultural offering and its safety.”

“FOR Cardiff are proud to lead on obtaining the Purple Flag award along with a multitude of partners and look forward to retaining it for years to come. We have a friendly and vibrant city centre that is worthy of this accreditation.”

Sarah Walker, Purple Flag Programme Manager at the ATCM said: “We were all excited to receive the submission from Cardiff for Purple Flag after hearing and seeing some of the great work that is going on in the area with FOR Cardiff and their strategic partners across the board.

“The key points that came from the overnight assessment carried out by the Purple Flag assessors were their strong partnerships and their key initiatives like Club Crew and Street Pastors to name but a few, in working towards and managing a safe and diverse evening and night time economy.”

Cllr Lynda Thorne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said that the accreditation is long overdue, “It’s very important for residents and visitors alike to know the capital city of Wales offers both a safe and enjoyable night out by providing a vibrant and diverse range of entertainment to be enjoyed by people of all age groups and backgrounds.”

The application was submitted in October and Cardiff was assessed on Saturday 1st December.

CityNet public safety radio system welcome 200th Subscriber

The CityNet Radio system linking pubs clubs and retail stores in Cardiff City Centre and Bay with a Police Officer monitoring CCTV at County Hall 24/7 365 days a year has welcomed its 200th subscriber since its launch in February 2018.

CityNet is managed by a partnership arrangement between the business crime reduction partnership Cardiff Against Business Crime, FOR Cardiff, the cities Business Improvement District, South Wales Police and M.R.S. Communications.

CityNet uses the latest digital Motorola radios to provide an effective town centre and Bay communications solution backed up with staff training to ensure the radio is used to the highest standards providing reassurance to staff and customers.

The system has more than proven its worth and has led to numerous arrests for shop theft and anti-social behaviour, the tracing of vulnerable missing persons and lost children and is integrated into the cities EVAC emergency procedures that are in place in case of major incidents or disruption to services.

The Chair of Cardiff Against Business Crime Paul Hurley QPM said

‘We are delighted with the take up of CityNet since its launch in February and reaching 200 hundred subscribers is evidence that the system is going from strength to strength and justifies our decision to provide a cost-effective town centre and bay communications solution to contribute to public safety in Cardiff’

Nick Newman the Chair of Cardiff Licensees Forum said

‘CityNet is a fantastic system and key to helping us work with our partners to ensure Cardiff is a safe and welcoming place for a night out. My colleagues including bar mangers and door staff are in contact with the Police if needs be, the Street Pastors, Alcohol Treatment Centre, the FOR Cardiff Ambassadors, Homeless Outreach workers and the taxi night marshals. In a vibrant city like Cardiff an effective communication facility like CityNet is vital and having been party to its set up I am really pleased to see it working in practice and exceeding our expectations respect of users and effectiveness of the scheme’

Cardiff Against Business Crime www.cardiffabc.com

Businesses wishing to join CityNet should contact 02920 314773 or cabc@forcardiff.com.

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