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Letter from John Hayward-Cripps - CEO of NHWN

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Dear Neighbourhood Watch Association Leads,

It was great to see so many of you last week at the Neighbourhood Watch Network AGM in Birmingham. The event went really well and confirmed the importance of undertaking events away from London. Many thanks to all that attended in making a useful and productive day.

The day started with a review of the 3 year strategy which we are now one year into. We looked at what has already been delivered and what remains to be delivered within the first 18 months, then we focused on the second 18 months and the joint aims of:

Grow the charity – by attracting new members and schemes and engaging them in Neighbourhood Watch campaigns.
Extend our reach – by developing focused work to promote Neighbourhood Watch in areas of high crime, deprivation or need.

As mentioned in my last letter a major focus will be on promoting the 3 behaviours and the community and neighbourly aspects of Neighbourhood Watch alongside the crime prevention core. Overall the feedback was positive, and there were lots of ideas generated in the workshops on how to achieve this and what members, leads and associations can do to support it. The outline and framework for what we aim to achieve over the next 2 years was presented as a ‘Plan on a Page’ which is attached to this letter.

The work of the Central Support Team over the next 3 months will be to produce a detailed plan on the who, how, when and where we will achieve the goals and the resources we need to achieve our targets. We will certainly be using the support of our sponsors and are looking to develop more support from new sponsors to amplify our message and campaigns. We were delighted that ERA and the Coop attended and supported the AGM and we look forward to further sponsorship and partnership working with them. We were also delighted that Professor Machi Tseloni from Nottingham Trent University attended as she has been undertaking the research that is proving key to how we move forward as an organisation.

The formal AGM was completed smoothly and quickly by the Secretary Derek Pratt with David Huse providing both an update and a visionary presentation on the future of Neighbourhood Watch. David is staying on as Chair of trustees to oversee the appointment and hand over to a new Chair. Both Alison McWhinnie and Craig Cox stood down as trustees with Kardaya Rooprai and Joe Pearce taking on new roles as Treasurer and Vice Chair respectively. David also spoke of the other trustees who has stood down during the year and particularly about Rachel Griffin and her tragic and untimely death. The new Chair will be involved in recruiting new trustees to oversee and drive the second stage of the 3-year strategy. The statutory accounts were presented, and the auditors approved for another year.

At the end of the event participants all made a statement about what they could help deliver in the strategy and ‘Plan on a Page’ and a personal commitment to an action. We will review these and review them with individuals in the next strategic event to see what we have achieved. We also said goodbye to Will Murphy from the Central Support Team who is replaced by Debs Waller who is now in place and whose email is deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk . Additionally Michael McClure (Finance Manager) will be leaving the team at the beginning of November and we are currently recruiting a replacement.

I have been to a few Association and Group AGMs this month speaking both at Horsham in Sussex and at the Cambridgeshire Association AGM. As always, it is great to meet Neighbourhood Watch volunteers and active members to hear about their challenges and successes. Again, the feedback on the direction of the organisation and emphasising the neighbourly and community focus alongside the crime prevention core resonated very well with members saying they felt inspired and that this was what they had always done.

We are nearing the start of this years Neighbour of the Year competition in partnership with the Coop which we will keep you informed about and will be advertising with our partners as widely as possible. We hope this year will be bigger and better than last year and there are 2 categories to put great people forward to for an award. The process is simpler this year than last year as we learnt from the issues of last year. The winners will be announced in November with events to celebrate winners and their contribution to their communities.

We are planning on having the Neighbourhood Watch week next year starting on the 7th June which coincides with the date of the Big Lunch which could kick off NW week in areas or watches that wanted to use a Big Lunch to kick start NW, fundraise or celebrate NW in their community.

As ever there is lots going on which I will keep you updated on and as always please share this letter with your co-ordinators and members.

Yours Faithfully

John Hayward-Cripps     CEO Neighbourhood Watch Network
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