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Since coming to the UK in the early eighties, Neighbourhood Watch has evolved into wider regional associations and, finally, a coordinated national network.
Neighbourhood Watch movement has been around since 1982 when the first group started in Mollington, Cheshire.By 2007 a previous national body had folded and many members felt the need for a new organisation to share best practice, foster peer learning and provide a voice for the movement at a national level.A series of exploratory meetings and events were held in each region of England and Wales, involving representatives of Neighbourhood and Home Watch at both force and regional levels. Delegates were invited to discuss and vote on their preferred way achieving a new form of representation at the national level for Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch in England and Wales.
Members representing all of the ten regions agreed overwhelmingly that
a) They wanted to see a regional and national structure.
b) They wanted a force area Neighbourhood/Home Watch representative to go to regional meetings.
c) They wanted a regional Neighbourhood/Home Watch representative and a deputy to go to national meetings.
After the proposal was accepted by the National Strategy Group for Watch Issues in April 2007, the result was the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (NHWN).
(NHWN) Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales)
The Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network, England & Wales (NHWN) represents all Home Watch and Neighbourhood Watch members across England and Wales. It is the body that engages with the Home Office and other partners at the strategic level.
People join Neighbourhood Watch to make areas where they live safe, friendly and pleasant places to be - and it works. The old stereotype of the Neighbourhood Watch curtain twitcher is wrong for one very simple reason: it implies fear.
Neighbourhood Watch is about the opposite: making sure that no one has to feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live. It's about people looking out for each other, crossing barriers, race and class to create real communities that benefit everyone.
To explode another myth, Neighbourhood Watch groups are owned and run by the people in their communities, not the police.So the approach you take is entirely up to you.
The most impressive Neighbourhood Watch achievements result from members looking closely at the needs of their communities and meeting them with innovative and creative thinking.
The results can really be something to be proud of. Communities where Neighbourhood Watch operates become more friendly and cohesive and, research shows, experience a fall in crime.
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