The Neighbourhood Network has been working closely with the organisations that support Neighbourhood Watch Groups in the Humberside Police region to create a nationally recognised body which is the Humber Watch Association.
This association will allow each organisation – in Hull, East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire (NEL) – to come together in the sharing of best practice; develop a collective approach to addressing issues affecting local Neighbourhood Watch Groups; improve possible access to funding and develop long term strategy to increase wider community participation across the region.
The formation of the Humber Watch Association will help all organisations involved to develop more effective working with the police and for strategies to be aligned to keep communities safe and involve the public in creating safe neighbourhoods.
The constituted association will also allow the community representatives to proactively contribute to both national and local events promoting Neighbourhood Watch, encouraging both existing new schemes and encouraging new growth. Whilst assisting each area in coordinating events during national Neighbourhood Watch week and times of the year when community safety messages are appropriate or to tackle crime trends.
In June 2018, the first Humber Watch conference took place with over 100 Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators attending from across the Humberside Police region. Workshops took place, discussing issues affecting the different communities along with how each areas are addressing these issues. The conference had a positive impact with some great feedback and the need to organise similar future events.
Glyn Atkinson, Chair of Marshall Avenue and Little Michael Street Neighbourhood Watch, Member of the NEL Safer & Stronger Communities Strategy Group and Vice Chair of Humber Watch Association representing NEL said: “I am delighted to be part of the newly formed Humber Watch Association, covering the neighbourhood safety needs of four local authority areas. I believe that the role that Humber Watch could potentially fulfil will greatly benefit community safety, and with some pooled resources decrease demand on the police, by lowering criminal and anti social behaviours with combined campaigns”.
If people are interested in finding out more about forming or joining a Neighbourhood Watch group, and you live in the Hull area, please call the Neighbourhood Network on Tel: 01482 826061 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you live in the other areas of Humberside, please contact your areas group contact, listed below:
Telephone: 01724 244634 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.saferneighbourhoods.net/partnership-community-develo/n-lincs-neighbourhood-watch-as/
Telephone: 01482 391013 Email: Maureen.firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www2.eastriding.gov.uk/living/crime-and-community-safety/neighbourhood-watch-groups/