Local Alcohol Partnerships schemes featured in Royal Society of Public Health’s and ITN Productions latest ‘Championing Public Health’ Programme

08/11/2016

A brand new Royal Society of Public Health programme, produced by ITN Productions, highlights the dedicated people and organisations working with Local Alcohol Partnership schemes* to promote responsible drinking, tackle alcohol-related crime and disorder and create safe and vibrant night time economies across the UK.

The film can be viewed here: https://itnproductions.wistia.com/medias/0cr1oj8kpl

The programme, launched yesterday (7 November), examines leading Sheffield and Bournemouth partnerships coordinated by Sheffield Police and Bournemouth Tourism and Bournemouth Town Watch who are recognised as leading best practice in this area. The film shows how these award winning partnerships work with businesses to reduce alcohol-related harms and create safe, vibrant and successful town centres.

The programme is introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and contains key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles. The programme is aimed at local authorities and public health practitioners to share the latest insights in tackling alcohol-related harm and reducing demand on public services whilst supporting local economic growth.

The local alcohol partnerships programme is one of a suite of films produced by ITN Productions for the Royal Society of Public Health as part of their Championing the Public’s Health campaign.

The two towns highlighted in the video, Sheffield and Bournemouth, have diverse, busy night time economies that are individual and unique, but share the same partnership approach – involving everyone from pubs and clubs to the Police, public health practitioners and local government. They make good use of the freely available business-funded schemes like Best Bar None, National Pubwatch, Community Alcohol Partnerships, PASS, Purple Flag and UK BIDS to help them tackle specific issues. Other key partners include Street Pastors and Drinkaware Crew.

Sergeant Matt Burdett of Sheffield Police and Sheffield City Centre Business Improvement District said:

“We are really proud that Sheffield has been celebrated in this programme and the hard work and time that people invest in making our partnership work has been recognised.  We are making real progress in reducing alcohol-related crime and disorder while making Sheffield a great place to live, work and visit. The key to our success has been to involve everyone who has a stake in the City centre including the people running the pubs, clubs, shops and local businesses. A safe and vibrant local night time economy is important to Sheffield’s success and we are totally committed to working with all local partners to make that happen.”

Jon Shipp, Night Time Economy Co-ordinator for Bournemouth said:

‘We were really pleased with the overall outcome of the film which emphasised the importance for all stakeholders to work closely together and make the most of the opportunities created. Bournemouth has established an executive night time strategy group with businesses represented at the core of that decision making process, and also embraced the important initiatives of Purple Flag and Best Bar None, together with the full support of the Pubwatch organisation. The result for us is one of decreasing crime and disorder and at the same time working hard towards a safer, welcoming and vibrant night time destination.’

*Local Alcohol Partnership schemes (LAPs) are funded by drinks producers and retailers, and include Best Bar None, Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP), National Pubwatch, Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) and Purple Flag who work alongside the Police, local authorities, health services and community groups. Other schemes working with these partnerships include UK BIDs, Drinkaware Crew and Street Pastors. The schemes are coordinated by the Portman Group under the umbrella title local alcohol partnerships.

The video can be seen on the Royal Society of Public Health’s website.

https://www.rsph.org.uk/resources/videos/itn-film-2016-championing-the-publics-health.html

Portman Group Chief Executive Henry Ashworth who chairs the Local Alcohol Partnerships Group said

Drinks companies are committed to reducing the harms related to alcohol misuse and support a range of schemes that are really helping to make our high streets safer places for people to socialise and for businesses to thrive.

At a time when public services are under increasing pressure we hope this film helps to highlight how these schemes can support Police, local authorities and public health practitioners in developing perfectly tailored solutions in response to local need and make local centres great places to live, work and play.”

A Local Alcohol Partnerships booklet  and resource pack is available from the Portman Group website which explains the schemes and outlines best practice for partnership working between local businesses and local authorities.  

Case studies showing the success of local alcohol partnerships in Nottingham, Birmingham and Bournemouth are available from the Portman Group website. The case studies are written and submitted by local authorities and Business Improvement District (BID) representatives.