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RELAUNCHING or REVIVING A SCHEME
Some Neighbourhood Watch schemes do become inactive. If a Neighbourhood Watch group is ready to close or has had no activity for many months, how the scheme is delivered needs to be reconsidered and may benefit from working with other community groups in the area.
If you decide to try to revive a flagging or inactive scheme, there is one rule you must follow if you don’t want the whole exercise to be a waste of time – look at the scheme, not the members. It is essential that you concentrate on why the scheme didn’t work and what can be done differently going forward.
First, contact Neighbourhood Watch Network (NWN) through the Enquiries Service (Enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk) and ask them to check what happened to the previous co-ordinator – they may have moved on or had to stop running the scheme for personal reasons. Once NWN has established what happened and been satisfied that the previous co-ordinator is no longer active, they can remove their details from the database and add your details as the new co-ordinator.
Then, you should try to establish what the scheme had hoped to achieve when it was set up – using the same four questions as if you are setting up a whole new scheme…
The four questions to ask:
When the scheme was first set up, what were the expectations – what did people hope to gain from the scheme?
What activities were there to support the scheme?
What were the commitments in terms of time, resources and finance?
Were your activities and commitments enough to meet the expectations you agreed on?
Having listed these expectations, activities and commitments, the next stage is to look at each item and ask: ‘Did the scheme achieve this or not? If not, what can be done differently this time?’
Also, try to think of the good things that were achieved and work out how you can build on them to relaunch the scheme.
Changing the image
While you obviously need to keep the title ‘Neighbourhood Watch’, you could slightly expand the scheme’s area and alter its name, even if it covers virtually the same area. You can also change the image by altering the design of your newsletter or publicity material. You could consider setting up a website or social media channel – see our guidance on using social media here.
When you consider the timing of your relaunch, try to take advantage of local events and align this with local priorities or deliver the launch along with other local community partners.
Keeping it going
Keep checking that you are still on course to achieve your objectives. Consider reviewing your position every three months, at least in the initial stages.