Teens in Sutton to be offered free non-alcoholic drinks at ‘Mocktail Party’

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Nottinghamshire Neutron, Cheeky Martin and CAP on the beach are among the drinks that will be offered to young people free of charge at an event in Sutton this month.

The Mocktail Party has been organised by the Sutton Community Alcohol Partnership (SiACAP) with the help of the Co-op which is donating some of the ingredients for the non-alcoholic drinks that will be served.

Invites are being given to teenagers via schools, activity providers and through staff of members of Ashfield Community Safety Partnership including district council community protection officers and police PCSOs.

SiACAP leader, Police Sergeant Martin Severn, said: “The idea is to show young people that non-alcoholic drinks can be just as enjoyable and as much fun as their alcoholic counterparts.”

“It will also give them a reason to visit The Forge Cafe in Bowne Street, a new facility for young people aged 13 to 19 where they can chill out, use the Internet and grab a snack, among other things.”

Teenagers who turn up at the Mocktail Party will be offered free non-alcoholic drinks, a chance to watch the concoctions shaken and stirred and activities such as walking the line while wearing beer goggles.

As well as Forge volunteers, staff from Notts County Council’s Targeted Youth Services team will be in the area during the party, making young people aware of the places they can go and things they can do during the evening and at weekends in Sutton.

The Forge was the brainchild of Lieut Matthew Brown of Sutton Salvation Army Corps, who felt it was vital to give teenagers somewhere to go that isn’t a park, outside a fast food outlet or involving alcohol.

He said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming regulars and newcomers to what promises to be a fun night out!”

The SiACAP Mocktail Party is at The Forge in Bowne Street on Friday March 13 from 7pm to 9pm. All 13 – 19-year-olds will be welcome. Further details are available from Matthew on 07828007764.

Sutton Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) has been created to tackle underage drinking and the anti-social behaviour associated with it. The CAP operates by bringing together alcohol retailers, licensees and local service-providers such as the district council, health providers and the police. Advice, guidance and materials are provided and shared to deliver a tailored response to underage alcohol misuse in the area.