Wiltshire Neighbourhood Watch and Volunteering

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The Wiltshire Neighbourhood Watch Association are currently undergoing a process of re-invigoration, looking to bring Neighbourhood Watch back to the forefront of safe communities and the Citizens in Policing Department of Wiltshire Police are pleased to support them in their endeavours.

Neighbourhood Watch Update

Paul Sunners, the Wiltshire Neighbourhood Watch Vice-Chair and representative for South Swindon, on Thursday 4th April 2019 attended the multi-agency conference ‘Protecting Vulnerable People from County Lines, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking’ and shares the following thoughts…

http://wiltshirenhw.org/images/screenshot-2018-11-16-at-13.56.51-147.jpg“The recent multi-agency event ‘Protecting Vulnerable People from County Lines, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking’ described as a ‘learning event for practitioners’ was attended by over 200 representatives including multi-agency professionals as well as representatives from the voluntary and charitable sector.  One such voluntary organisation was Wiltshire Neighbourhood Watch Association whose profile for the event included ‘Neighbourhood Watch aims to ensure that fewer people feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live…’  The conference focus and workshops highlighted the changing nature of crime today and how such emerging crime trends serve to add further layers of complexity to the capability of all agencies to respond effectively. The conference had many practical implications for Neighbourhood Watch and its members, not least the need for heightened awareness-raising at street-level in our communities and collaboration with local community policing teams."

" It is important to highlight how Our Watch, the National Neighbourhood Watch Network, has responded to the shift in crime trends by publishing online a range of toolkits that focus on activities such as Terrorism, Scams and Older People, Modern Slavery, Child Sexual Exploitation, Loneliness and Vulnerability each of which may not have been seen previously as issues pertinent to Neighbourhood Watch.”

Are you a NHW Coordinator?

If you currently have an active NHW scheme on your street or in your area that you are coordinating, please log into Community Messaging to update your details.
Doing this will greatly help NHW in knowing how many active groups are out there. Over the coming months the member database will be being worked on and you may be contacted by email or telephone to confirm you are still active and to accurately record on a mapping system where you’re scheme is located. This activity is being supported by Wiltshire Police Citizens in Policing Department with Police volunteers. We hope in the future local Police teams can be updated with all the NHW groups in their areas easily and accurately from an up-to-date database. Emails will always be sent via this Community Messaging system and if you have any doubt who you are speaking to via phone you can ask for their extension number, end the call and re-call in on 101 with the extension number ready to be transferred.

Volunteering Opportunity with Wiltshire Police & NHW

There are many varied opportunities to volunteer with Wiltshire Police, one of which is the Neighbourhood Watch Development Volunteer role. This could be an ideal opportunity for anyone studying IT, Media, Public Services or similar to enhance their CV and to gain experience with Wiltshire Police and with a voluntary organisation. The Neighbourhood Watch scheme is a partnership intended to bring people together to make their communities safer and reduce isolation and loneliness.  There are many different aspects to this role and we are happy to from you whether you can offer support in one, part of, or all of the role description:
  • Input and update Wiltshire Neighbourhood Watch Association (WNHWA) information on the secure Wiltshire Community Messaging system database.
  • Verify new schemes and scheme members.
  • Contact point for problems with WNHWA information.
  • Promote and develop WNHWA across Wiltshire and Swindon.
  • Develop WNHWA website.
  • Attend informal meetings, if available.
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Lauren Clark (Police, Watch Co-ordinator, Wiltshire and Swindon)

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