Graffiti art, created by the young people of Whitchurch, has been installed outside the market hall at the back of the Civic Centre. Whitchurch Town Council have erected the artwork for 3 months at the top end of the walk-way, from the Civic Centre through to St Mary’s Street, giving colour and vibrancy to the newly painted white walls. Town Councillors want to show-case the talents of young people in the town and welcome any feedback on this initiative. To make comments please contact the Community Hub or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whitchurch Community Alcohol Partnership (WH CAP) funded the graffiti art project which was run during the Our Big Gig, a street festival of music in July last year. The aim of the funding was to provide money for young people to take part in diversionary activities, alternative things to do rather than drink alcohol.
The aims of the county-wide Shropshire CAPs is to develop a culture where both adults and young people drink responsibly. To also promote the Challenge 25 campaign and reduce incidents of alcohol sales to young people under the age of 18, as well as proxy sales. Shropshire Councillor Peggy Mullock, Chair of WH CAP, said “Community Alcohol Partnerships tackle underage drinking in local communities through co-operation between alcohol retailers and local stakeholders, including the Safer Neighbourhood Team and SJT. Working in partnership with the national CAP organisation, we are supported to deliver a coordinated response to underage alcohol misuse by organising diversionary activities, such as the graffiti art project.”
WH CAP meets every other month and works with other CAPs in the country to share experiences and knowledge. The group attends town events throughout the year to promote its work and raise awareness about the law relating to young people and alcohol and the impact of underage alcohol consumption on individuals and communities. For more information please contact the Shropshire Council Community Enablement Officer via email email@example.com.