Last Tuesday two of the NN Team travelled to Leeds to attend one of the annual Neighbourhood Watch Networks summer seminars held around the country at this time of year.
The seminars were aimed at both street coordinators as well as Force Associations and local support teams such as the Neighbourhood Network.
This year was opened by CEO John Hayward-Cripps, with a review on the last 12 months and the 3 Year Strategy, launched in 2018.
The opening address was followed by Chris Joyce Force Crime Prevention Officer from West Yorkshire Police, who discussed his partnership with Neighbourhood Watch over his long career in crime prevention.
Another interesting speaker was Tracey Robbins from The Big Lunch and The Eden Project. She spoke really enthusiastically about the partnership work with Neighbourhood Watch.
The afternoon workshops were based on innovative practice from across the Neighbourhood Watch movement, how to measure the effectiveness of a scheme – to which we’re awaiting an new analysing tool from the Central support Team, how to recruit new members as well as discussions about the future of Neighbourhood Watch.
Within the Innovation Workshop Mexborough Neighbourhood Network talked about their inception and journey so far, with a full week of action achieved! The gave credit to us at NN Hull for being the model they based their network on, which was fantastic to hear!
The Closing address and Q&A by John Hayward-Cripps re-iterated the growing and continued strength in the movement and he wanted us to take away 3 simple messages:
These are great networking events and we really recommend as local coordinators you come along with us next year!