Anybody can set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
Many schemes start very small and then grow once residents see what it’s all about. Some groups have regular meetings whereas others just chat to neighbours to alert them of any issues. Some groups are embracing developments in technology and manage Facebook and Twitter accounts sharing information online. Other groups create newsletters to let their members know about area issues, whereas as some communicate to their members via email. The main thing is to make a start and know that the Neighbourhood Network is here to assist.
We have listed below a step by step guide to forming a Neighbourhood Watch Group/Neighbourhood Network:
This can be any size, but it is best to start with no more than 30 households.
Speak to your neighbours and find out if they are interested in starting a scheme. To do this you can distribute a small questionnaire, visit your neighbours or chat to them in the street when you see them.
The main aim of setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Group/Neighbourhood Network is to share information and deal with issues within your Neighbourhood. Consider how you will keep group members informed and how, as a group you will deal with any issues.
Once you have decided you would like to go ahead in setting up n a Neighbourhood Watch Group, get in touch with the Neighbourhood Network who will introduce you to your local policing team and supply contact details for your area council team, so you can contact them directly with issues concerning you in your Neighbourhood. The Neighbourhood Network can also offer advice, help with the supply of Neighbourhood Watch signs and stickers and introduce you to representatives from other local organisations that can help strengthen your group and help you make a difference in your community.
To become an official Neighbourhood Watch group, we advise all groups to register on the national Neighbourhood Watch website, www.ourwatch.org.uk this allows your group to use the Neighbourhood Watch brand logo and is mapped on the national database. The Neighbourhood Network can help and support new groups in doing this.
The Neighbourhood Network have really helped and given me the confidence I needed to take the idea forward of starting a Neighbourhood Watch Group. We have gone from strength to strength and feel we are making a difference in our neighbourhood