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Are you an Existing Co-ordinator?
It is important that you know you’re not on your own. You are part of a large network of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the Maidstone & District, and across the rest of Kent.
Running a Neighbourhood Watch is a great opportunity to make a real difference. Whether you have just set up a new scheme, revived an old one or are a newly appointed co-ordinator of your group. Whatever the case, it needn't’t be a daunting prospect. The Neighbourhood Office & Maidstone Neighbourhood Watch Association members are here to help you.
Communities vary hugely, so it’s important to look closely at your local needs and be creative in meeting them. Write up objectives in a simple statement which you can use for publicity and when recruiting new members to your scheme.
- Identify problems. Figure out what the problems are in your area, ideally by speaking to your neighbours.
- Decide what you can do. Choose actions specific to the problems you identify.
- How can you make it happen? Identify needs: time, meeting places, stationery, etc. Make sure members can commit.
- Do your actions help? Adapt as you go. The group should write down and share thoughts on how well things are working.
To function as a group, the members of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme ideally need to meet regularly, but with technology this is not mandatory.Remember Neighbourhood Watch meetings are optional so if you do call a meeting make sure that you have the support as they need to be worthwhile to ensure people attend.
The NhW Association can help with flyers but if you are a small group, ringing round, e mail or a letter drop will help you judge the support you have for a meeting.
It is useful for your Neighbourhood Watch to liaise with your local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or if you do have a local Kent Community Warden. The benefits are two-way. Neighbourhood Watch members can ensure the police meet the needs of their communities. This in turn helps the police not just to police directly, but also to advise on safety and involve agencies.
Neighbourhood Watch schemes are owned by the communities they serve, not by the police or any other agency.
So what should your Neighbourhood Watch do? Well, it’s up to you.
Every Neighbourhood Watch group is different because each is owned and run by the people within the community.
You and your neighbours come together to make your area a safe and pleasant place to live.
You decide what measures to take because you know your own community's needs best.
If you want to find out about any neighbouring Neighbourhood Watch Schemes, contact the Neighbourhood Watch Office on 01622 604398. Keep us updated on any events or initiatives you and your scheme are holding
. Please notify us of any change of telephone numbers, e-mail address or Co-ordinators.
Neighbourhood Watch Office – Maidstone 01622 604398
LATEST NEWS WE ARE WORKING ON A CO-ORDINATORS SUPPORT/ NETWORK/TRAINING PROGRAMME WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND ANY OF THE SESSIONS WHICH SHOULD BE AVAILABLE AT THE END OF THE SUMMER PLEASE CONTACT US BY EMAIL.
WE NOW HAVE OUR OWN A4 COMMUNITY SUPPORT BROCHURE IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY PLEASE SPEAK TO YOUR PCSO OR CONTACT US DIRECT.