Start a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area to help people feel safer, reduce crime and strengthen your community.
Becoming a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator is very simple; you become the link for community safety information from trusted sources such as Cheshire Police, and pass it on to your neighbours to help them to feel safe, take steps to prevent crime in your area, or address specific issues of concern to your community locally. You do this by:
1. Registering with Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association to get set up as a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. You will receive a welcome pack and guidance on setting up your scheme.
2. Invite your neighbours to join your Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
3. Make contact with your PCSO for help and to access resources to help you with your scheme.
Running your scheme takes only a few minutes a week to check for messages from the police and pass them on to your scheme members as a basic level. It is entirely up to each Co-ordinator to run their scheme in the manner best suited to their neighbours and community, which may include things like using social media to stay in touch, looking out for vulnerable and elderly people in your area, and arranging get-togethers to address local issues or crime prevention. The common theme embraced by all within Neighbourhood Watch is simply to know your neighbours, be neighbourly and be active in the community. By doing these things you will contribute to building a stronger and safer community.
There are no specific skills or qualifications required to be a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator. Volunteers should have concern for the wellbeing and safety of their neighbours and local community at the heart of their motivation to become a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, and be prepared to reach out an engage with their neighbours to run an active Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. There is considerable variation in how Neighbourhood Watch Schemes are organised and creativity is welcome in respect of solving specific issues relevant to the local community. Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators are encouraged to engage with local Police Community Support Officers and have an interest in crime prevention and community safety.
The Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association (CNWA) is available to assist Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators across Cheshire. There is a dedicated email address: email@example.com that Co-ordinators can use to access support from the CNWA volunteer team. Support for local issues and crime prevention is also available from PCSOs and your local policing team.
There is no specific training required or available.