This week the Neighbourhood Network have been in contact with Hull City Council and Community, Voluntary Sector organisations to discuss a collaborative response in how we can best respond to our community’s needs. Plans are being formalised behind the scenes and we will share as soon as we can.
We have also met with our colleagues in the Humber Watch Association to discuss the important role of Community Groups such as Neighbourhood Watch during these challenging times and want to support our members in the best way we can, and it is fantastic to see so many of our members stepping up and supporting their neighbours, but we also want to make sure that our members are supporting residents in a consistent and safe manner.
We have included below some information which we are asking members to follow and we will continue to share consistent and safe messages along with signposting from trusted sources during this difficult period.
As it currently stands, we are supporting co-ordinators by suggesting that members do the following:
• Have an up to date contact list of your members, whether this is email or telephone numbers
• Regularly check the following sources and only share information from reputable sources
• Encourage your members still to call through on 101 any suspicious activity or Action Fraud to report any scams
Due to the current situation, we are having to cancel all planned events, such as the Humber Watch conference and the Cyber Awareness sessions. The Neighbourhood Network offices are currently still in operation at the usual times. However, this may change in the coming days/weeks, but we will keep our members informed.
We will endeavour to be in contact with our Neighbourhood Watch and community group co-ordinator’s over the coming days as we are continuing the support network for as long as we can do.
Please see below message from Inspector Harvey for NHW Coordinators.
‘’Humberside Police remains committed to Neighbourhood Watch and it is clear that NHW co-ordinators across the force area will be of significant value over the coming weeks and months in helping those members of our communities whose vulnerability may be aggravated by the spread of the corona virus, and also in preventing and reducing the risk of fraudsters taking advantage of the situation to profit by various scams.
Please make regular checks on the Humberside Police and Action Fraud websites for information and updates, and follow the advice and guidance provided by your regional NHW co-ordinators. Throughout this challenging and disruptive period it is vital that whilst continuing to protect ourselves and others and preventing the spread of the virus, we also look out for others, particularly the vulnerable in our communities, and ensure they are safe and not more vulnerable in becoming victims of crime’’.
Sarah, Lucy and Katie
Neighbourhood Network team