We have evolved from local schemes into a wider national network


Bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities

Our Mission explained

Our aim is to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen.

Our vision is that of a caring society that is focused on trust and respect in which people are safe from crime and enjoy a good quality of life. Neighbourhood Watch is about making sure that fewer people feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live.



Born in the USA

The first Neighborhood Watch schemes were set up in New York as a community response to the murder of Kitty Genovese.


First UK Watch Scheme

The first scheme - then known as Home Watch - was set up in the UK in Mollington, Cheshire.


National Body Set Up

Neighbourhood Watch representatives formed local, county and regional groups and in 2007 with the support of the police and the Home Office set up the first national umbrella organisation for the movement.


Brand Refresh

Fresh update to the iconic Neighbourhood Watch logo and brand.



Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award

In 2012 we were honoured to be awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award.

Directors and Trustees

Lynn Farrar


Lynn became Chair of the Derbyshire Neighbourhood Association Trust in 2009 and also joined the NHWN Board of Trustees. In 2011 she was elected Vice Chair and has spent the last 5 years working with the Board and Operations Director to build NHWN into the highly regarded and effective organisation that it is today.

After being elected Chair of the Charity in July 2016, Lynn is determined to continue to pursue the goals of changing the Charity into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and ensuring that the Board and small team of staff are suitably skilled and capable of making a success of the Organisation for their members. She believes in community cohesion and that everyone deserves a safe and secure environment in which to live. Her goal is to enable the ongoing advancement of the organisation and to increase the membership significantly in the next few years.

Visit our Knowledge Base for more information about our Directors and Trustees.