With 2020 now upon us could this be time to start your next volunteering adventure?
Neighbourhood Watch is the biggest and only formally recognised crime prevention organisation with a national membership of over 2.3 million members and co-ordinators who together with the police and other partners work together to reduce crime, the fear of crime and antisocial behaviour in their neighbourhood.
In Derbyshire we have an incredible working relationship with Derbyshire Constabulary and our 1500 county wide co-ordinators all volunteer a few spare hours of their time to help reduce crime, the fear of crime and antisocial behaviour through being ‘good neighbours’ and promoting home and personal safety in the community that they live in.
This year we are looking to expand the number of active watches by finding like minded people who are passionate about improving the quality of life in their community and supporting them to set up a Neighbourhood Watch in their area.
There has always been a misconception that you have to attend meetings, volunteer set hours or patrol your local community as part of the co-ordinator commitment but this is incorrect.
The role of the co-ordinator is to simply do the following things:
Encourage neighbours to report suspicious incidents to the police via 101/999
Keep an eye on elderly and vulnerable neighbours
Liaise with the police on community issues and matters
Ensure all members are displaying window stickers in their properties
Distribute relevant crime information to the membership
In return, Neighbourhood Watch has a professional and proactive management team that oversee Neighbourhood Watch operations in Derbyshire particularly on the South Division policing section which covers Derby City, South Derbyshire & Erewash and the team proactively look to support watches that might need our assistance. We also put you in touch with your local police from the outset as part of our commitment to all watches.
We also provide members guides, window roundels, Neighbourhood Watch street signs and other crime prevention literature free of charge.
If you are interested in setting up a new watch in your area, please contact the South Division charity strategic lead Dan Beadell at SDivNHW@outlook.com and he will be more than happy to give you a telephone call and discuss the process of setting up a watch further and also start the registration process of setting up your watch.
Message Sent By
Dan Beadell (NHWN, Project & Development Officer, Derbyshire)
Ticknall co-ordinators are
Barry Hanson, Ashby Road, 01332 863008
Jane Clayton, Harpur Avenue, 01332 863501