What does being a member involve?
Setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
Scams and Older People
Child Sexual Exploitation
Loneliness and Vulnerability
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF MY LOCAL NW SCHEME AND WHAT DOES BEING A MEMBER INVOLVE?
Being a member of Neighbourhood Watch means being a good neighbour and caring about the local area. It needn’t cost anything more than a little common sense and being aware. It doesn’t mean interfering in other people’s business; just that your neighbours will look out for you, your family, your home and your street or estate, and you will do the same for them.
In undertaking to give whatever support they can to help Neighbourhood Watch achieve its objectives, all members do whatever they can to make their neighbourhood safer and more secure, as well as giving support and help as they are able, to the local coordinator.
Being alert to and reporting suspicious activity
One of the most important roles of members is to look out for anything that seems suspicious or unusual, and report it to the police. Some things you see may help the police solve or prevent a crime – and so stop someone becoming a victim. So, if you are suspicious about something, make a note of who and what you have seen and pass the information to the police and your local coordinator.
Keeping an eye out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours
Many neighbourhoods will have residents who are elderly and frail, or vulnerable in other ways. Perhaps they are just lonely. Once you have identified these neighbours the scheme members should look out for them, maybe by nominating someone to check on them regularly and see if they need anything. There are some useful tips for doing this in the Loneliness and Vulnerability toolkit here.
Attend NW meetings and engage with communications from the coordinator
NW schemes only work when the scheme members engage with it – it has to be a community initiative. The coordinator can’t be expected to do everything. If nobody turns up to meetings or responds to emails or social media posts, the scheme will fizzle out. So – join in, ask what you can do to support your coordinator, and be an active member of your community. You will be surprised at how fulfilling it can be!
How do residents become members of their local scheme?
Following this step–by–step guide will help people to join an existing NW scheme as a member:
Go to www.ourwatch.org.uk
Put in your postcode or a postcode nearby (like the postcode of a local shop). Double-click on the scheme that covers your neighbourhood. Go to the bottom of the screen and click Apply to join scheme
Register your details online and then click on JOIN (please note this goes to the national scheme, you are not yet registering on your local scheme).
Once this is done, go onto your email and verify your email address. The registration is now complete.
In order to be added to a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme you will need to do the following:
Go back into your new account and navigate to the scheme admin area
Search for your local scheme in the Schemes near you drop-down box on this page
Join this scheme as a member
Your local co-ordinator will then receive an email requesting their approval for you to join the scheme. Once they approve this, you will receive an email telling you that your application to join the scheme has been accepted.
If you have any problems signing up, contact the Neighbourhood Watch Network Enquiries Desk on Enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk and they will be able to help.