Following the success of last year’s nine-day campaign, our friends at the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network are running their National Neighbourhood Watch Week between 16th-24th June, to encourage England and Wales to help bring their local communities together to reduce crime and make their neighbourhoods a better and safer place to live. This year’s campaign will also mark the 30 year anniversary of Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch (NHW).
To celebrate the significant contribution made by their members, for 2012 the organisation are focusing on and encouraging community volunteering. So why not carry on the community spirit from your Big Lunch and get involved by volunteering as a Neighbourhood or Home Watch member or coordinator?
Since the launch of their very first scheme founded in Mollington, Cheshire, there have been a number of substantial developments across the Network, which is now one of the largest voluntary movements across the UK. They aim to trigger even more positive action within local neighbourhoods, enabling communities to take responsibility and make a real difference.
Volunteer Janet Gould, from Greater Manchester, says:
“My involvement with Neighbourhood and Home Watch started when an elderly neighbour in our local area became the victim of distraction burglary, having £3000 stolen. That was back in 1993, nearly 20 years ago. It was during this period I became a Community Volunteer, worked closely with Greater Manchester Police, whereby I eventually applied to become one of the first Police Support Volunteers, in 1996. Volunteering has enabled me to learn new skills and acquire qualifications, and has been beneficial and rewarding.”
To find out more about how you can get involved with your community, visit the NHW website for information on what’s happening in your local area during National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week and a list of events.