A Neighbourhood Watch (scheme or area) coordinator is a volunteer who oversees their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme or groups of schemes in their area. To become a Coordinator, you need to apply to start a scheme, through our joining pages, and your Force Area Association or area representative will contact you to complete the registration of your scheme.
What does a scheme/group Coordinator do?
While Neighbourhood Watch schemes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and the reasons for starting schemes may differ, the below are the activities that most scheme coordinators undertake:
- Contact their neighbours in their scheme area to invite them to join.
- Ensure their scheme is registered on our website and their membership and scheme information is kept up to date.
- Encourage members to also sign up to the scheme on the website, however if they are unable to do this, make sure that ALL members are supported, irrespective of how they joined the scheme.
- Act as a point of contact with residents, their local policing team, other local coordinators and partners to receive and cascade information relevant to their scheme members.
- Get to know their neighbours, particularly those who are vulnerable or isolated, and ensure information reaches them through their preferred method of communication.
- Signpost their members with community safety concerns to the most appropriate organisation.
- Encourage their members to report suspicious incidents and / or criminal or anti-social behaviour to the police or local authority.
- Promote personal responsibility for community safety by sharing crime reduction information and encouraging members to improve their home, on-line and personal security.
- Promote neighbourliness by encouraging members to keep an eye on each other’s homes and possessions, giving special consideration to supporting vulnerable neighbours.
- Support their local police and other agencies to identify local issues and solve problems where there are community concerns.
As a scheme coordinator, you may wish to do more and arrange events or other local activities to bring your neighbours together and help tackle local issues of concern to them. How much more you do is dependent upon the time and commitment you are prepared to give.
What does an area/neighbourhood Coordinator do?
An area coordinator is a lead point of contact for a group of Neighbourhood Watch schemes, connecting and supporting scheme coordinators, local police and partners, actively involving them in keeping their area safe.
What support can you expect from us?
You can expect various kinds of support in your role as a Coordinator, in a national, regional and local way.
From the Neighbourhood Watch Network you will receive:
- Monthly eNewsletter with lots of useful information and top tips to develop your scheme/group
- Opportunities to attend training workshops to develop skills and interact with fellow volunteers
- Invitations to our Summer Seminar sessions, which are focused on developing your role
- Access to our dedicated Knowledge Hub and Forums to provide guidance, development, support and induction
- Get involved with our focus groups - our way of listening to your views
- Opportunities for online training courses
From your Force Area Associations or District Associations, you should receive:
- Welcome and introduction from regional representatives
- Localised training
- Opportunities to be involved with local events
What is the process to become a Coordinator?
The role of a Coordinator is one of responsibility and you would be representing Neighbourhood Watch in your local community. Therefore you need to apply for the role. It is a very simple process -
- Look on our Postcode search if there is already a scheme in the area where you would like to start one
- If there is already a scheme, maybe you would like to join that scheme and support the local coordinator,
- Join Neighbourhood Watch www.ourwatch.org.uk/joinnw
- Apply to start a scheme - to do this go to SCHEME ADMIN in your member area and click on APPLY TO START A SCHEME - once you have completed this, a representative of the Association will contact you to complete the process. In some areas, this may involve further checks being made.