National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018

National Neighbourhood Watch Week is back for 2018!

During NNWW18 – which runs from Saturday, June 16 to Sunday, June 24 – we’ll be asking our members how our movement continues to help build safer and stronger communities over the next three years and beyond.

These are exciting times for Neighbourhood Watch as we look to the future of our fantastic movement and how we can make the most positive impact on communities across England and Wales over the next three years.

And we want YOU to help us shape our future.

We’re hosting a series of six seminars in June and July to give members to help develop NW’s Strategy for the next three years.

Half of each Seminar will focus on the strategy development work that has been initiated with NW local Force Area and London borough leads, the staff team, the Board of Trustees and our partners. Attendees will discuss and input into the Strategy to develop and modernise the organisation over the next three years.

Members of the Board of Trustees will be attending each seminar to present and facilitate the Strategy discussion and to meet NW members. The Board know how vital it is to liaise and consult with local NW members and is committed to doing this in order to build a strong Strategy with shared commitment from all stakeholders.

This will be a great opportunity to meet members of the Board, the staff team and to network with each other to see what has been happening in other areas and to have YOUR voice in the future of Neighbourhood Watch.

We’ll also be launching our new Crime and Vulnerability Toolkits at these seminars.

Crime in England and Wales is changing and we’re providing new practical information and help for our members to support the police in the detection and reduction of these crimes. Our network of 2.3 million member households is a force to be reckoned with.

So we’re finding more practical ways we can empower our members to look at some of the crimes that cause such significant harm to victims and communities. A simple example of this would be that if you regularly see different people going into a nearby house or minibuses turning up this may be a sign of Human Trafficking or if you are aware of an elderly neighbor regularly getting people knocking on their door they may well be being targeted for scams.

This summer we’re going to develop a group of 100+ local NW Champions from across England and Wales at the Seminars. Our Champions will then be able to share their knowledge in their local area so even more people can get the important information they need and act as a local resource to other coordinators and members. This may simply mean sharing the information contained within the toolkits, developing a local focus on one or more of the areas or running a local project if they or local coordinators want to.

Anyone – member, coordinator or Association lead – with an interest in gaining information, additional knowledge and the chance to share this within their area with other members and coordinators will be the perfect participants for the seminars.

The toolkits provide information on and cover the following areas:
• Domestic Abuse – which as we know affects all communities
• Serious Violence – particularly knife crime
• Vulnerability and loneliness – affecting more people as families become more mobile
• Fraud and scams – electronic and traditional
• High harm crimes – Modern Slavery, Child Sexual Exploitation etc.

The Seminars are being held in the following locations:

Wed June 20 Bristol: Avon and Somerset Police HQ, Portishead, Valley Road, Portishead Bristol BS20 8QJ 9:30am registration 10am – 4pm, seminar 10-4.
Tues 26th June Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish North Building
Cavendish Street, Manchester, M15 6BG 9:30am registration, seminar 10am – 4pm.
Wed 27th June Hull: Royal Hull Hotel, Ferensway, Hull, HU1 3UF, 9:30am registration, seminar
10am – 4pm.
Thurs 28th June London: NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL 9:30am registration, seminar 10am – 4pm.
Tues 3rd July Birmingham: Jury’s Inn, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HQ 9:30am registration, seminar 10am – 4pm.
Wed 4th July London: Browns, Covent Garden, 82-84 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London
WC2N 4AG 9:30am registration, seminar 10am – 4pm.

If you would like to attend one of the Seminars then please email your Force Area NW lead – details of which can be found here or sian.dawson@ourwatch.org.uk

Travel expenses, in line with our policy will be paid.