Wantage and Grove Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP)

cap logoA (CAP) brings together the council, police, health services, schools, the youth service and other key partners together with local retailers & licensees to tackle the problem of underage drinking and associated anti-social behaviour through education, intelligence-led enforcement and by providing positive alternatives for young people.

The aim of the Partnership is to help ensure that Wantage & Grove is a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and socialise.

The Wantage and Grove CAP has developed a local action plan to reduce underage drinking and associated problems. The Wantage and Grove CAP is made up of the following organisations:

  • National CAP coordinator
  • King Alfred's Academy
  • Oxford University Hospitals
  • South and Vale Community Safety Partnership 
  • Vale of White Horse District Council
  • Thames Valley Police 
  • Wantage and Grove Street Pastors
  • Sovereign Housing
  • local licensees (for example, Rowes Newsagents, SHUSH).
  • The Sport for Streets Initiative.

Steve Head, SHUSH director.

"SHUSH is the busiest entertainment venue in South Oxfordshire. We pride ourselves on embracing the CAP initiative wholeheartedly, the inclusion of the governing bodies working with the commercial sector can only be for the benefit of the community. 

We hold teenz nights which are alcohol free but enable the younger generation to experience a real NIGHT CLUB environment which hopefully reduces some of the mystery, and we hope we can show them that you can still have fun without the influence of alcohol.”

Free training

A priority for the campaign is reducing the opportunities young people have to purchase alcohol.  To assist with this, the CAP are facilitating free training for independent retailers on responsible selling practises, including:

  • the 'Challenge 25' age-verification policy
  • how to spot fake ID
  • proxy purchasing

Diversionary activities

The Sport for Streets Initiative are offering free sport and activities sessions every Wednesday for all young people of Wantage and Grove, starting 20 April 2016:

  • Mary Green Park, Grove. 

5 - 6:30pm every Wednesday.

  • The Wharf, Wantage.

7 - 8.30pm every Wednesday

Just turn up, or for more information contact: dave@sportforstreets.com


Last reviewed: 17 - 10 - 2017

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