Associations are vital in supporting and developing local Neighbourhood Watch groups. They do this by:
- Strategy: Associations support the development and achievement of Neighbourhood Watch’s strategy by attending national events, participating on working groups and integrating relevant activity into their own plans.
- Research: Associations are encouraged to use research results to inform and target their own activity and utilise Impact Assessment survey developed by the Central Support Team to understand where their activity is effective.
- Resources: Associations can support new developments in Neighbourhood Watch by encouraging their members to use Neighbourhood Watch toolkits and advising the Central Support Team of innovative practice by Neighbourhood Watch groups in their local area.
- Self- Assessment: Associations can use the Self-Assessment Tool to identify and prioritise how they wish to develop their association and target their activity.
- Projects: Associations are encouraged to work with a diverse range of local partner agencies to implement local initiatives or develop their own ideas and projects and share existing or new local projects with the Central Support Team. These initiatives can then be promoted to other areas and opportunities scoped for scaling them up either regionally or nationally.
- Funding: Associations can access local funding opportunities using the advice and fundraising resources available locally and/or nationally.
- Communications: Associations can use local and national campaign materials from partners and the Central Support Team in their own local campaigns and ensure that publications and information are shared widely throughout their local areas to amplify the messages and maximise the impact of Neighbourhood Watch.
- Technology: Associations should encourage their coordinators and members to register on the Neighbourhood Watch register when they join or start a scheme, and nominate Multi Scheme Administrators for their area to keep data up to date.
- Administrative: Associations respond to enquiries relevant to Neighbourhood Watch that relate to their own area from the public and our partners.