To build resilient communities and neighbourhoods requires strong working relationships involving NHW, Wiltshire Police, Parish and Town Councils as well as other agencies and community groups. Today, the philosophy of NHW often extends beyond its traditional approach towards crime prevention to one that reflects how it can more broadly contribute to a philosophy that embraces a recognition of vulnerability within a community or neighbourhood. As a consequence, we may see a NHW influence in activities such as litter picks, lunch clubs and community cafés for vulnerable groups.
Here in Wiltshire, our Association actively advocates collaboration between NHW and Parish Councils, most of which serve small communities across Wiltshire and Swindon which can offer increased opportunities for community support initiatives.
Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is all about bringing neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities. By doing that we create the space where crime and antisocial behaviour are less likely to happen and at the same time promoting principles so vital in supporting safer communities.
Our vision is that of a caring society that is focused on trust and respect in which people are safe from crime and enjoy a good quality of life. Neighbourhood Watch is about making sure that fewer people feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live.
Neighbourhood Watch has the biggest voluntary membership of any UK organisation, growing since the introduction of the first scheme at Mollington, Cheshire in 1982.
Today we live in unpredictable and ever-changing times. With the transformation of how people use the internet, communities are no longer restricted to geographical locations and crime has taken on new, evermore challenging forms. To ensure that NHW remains relevant when the pace of change is faster than at any time in our past, the focus of NHW is now on building resilient communities to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in such a way as to increase confidence in people and communities that everything is being done to support communities in being as crime-free and as safe as possible.