Host Organisation: Neighbourhood Watch

Start a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area to help people feel safer, reduce crime and strengthen your community.

Opportunity Interests: Advice and Guidance Services, Carers, Community Development, Community Events, Crime/Community Safety, Environment/Conservation, Ex-Offenders and Prisoners, Families, Funding, Grants and Fundraising, Health and Wellbeing services, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender people, Men, Older People (60+), People who are unemployed, People with Disabilities, People with Drug & Alcohol Issues, People with Learning Disabilities, People with Mental Health Issues, Refugees, people seeking Asylum, immigrants, Social Activities, Social and Community Care, Sport and Leisure, Victims of Crime, Voluntary and Community Sector Support, Women, Youth Clubs / Services
Type of Activity: Administration, Befriending, Policing, Providing Advice, Support / Care Work
Location: Alderley Edge, Alsager, Bollington, Cheshire East, Congleton, Crewe, Disley, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach, Wilmslow, Outside of Cheshire East
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday AM, Monday PM, Monday EVE, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Tuesday EVE, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM, Wednesday EVE, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Thursday EVE, Friday AM, Friday PM, Friday EVE, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Saturday EVE, Sunday AM, Sunday PM, Sunday EVE, Anytime

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 cheshirewatch@cheshire.pnn.police.uk 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.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: No
Skills and Qualifications Required:

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.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: No
Do you pay expenses?: No
If yes, for what and at what rate?:
What support is available for the volunteer?:

The Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association (CNWA) is available to assist Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators across Cheshire. There is a dedicated email address: cheshirewatch@cheshire.pnn.police.uk 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.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

There is no specific training required or available.