Neighbourhood Watch has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award in recognition of their work as one of the largest voluntary movements across England and Wales.
Neighbourhood Watch or Home Watch as it is known in some areas, is one of best known crime preventative initiatives across the UK with studies showing a 79% decrease in crime where the initiative is in place.
With approximately 170,000 co-ordinators covering 3.9 million households, volunteer community advocates are critical in the fight against crime.
Mrs Grant, a member of the Stanley Hill Avenue, Amersham Neighbourhood Watch noticed that the curtains of her neighbour’s house opposite were drawn despite it being about 11 o’clock in the morning. She knew that there was normally no one at home during the day and having seen three young men in the vicinity a little earlier put two and two together and dialled 999. The men were apprehended.
Helping to enable and support coordinators across England and Wales, the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (NHWN) is delighted to accept the award on behalf of the whole movement.
Jim Maddan, Chairman of NHWN said:
‘Volunteers by their very definition are the people who develop community cohesion in their own time and it is this which brings people together to tackle crime issues and anti-social behaviour. It is the grassroots membership who deserves this award for their enthusiasm, hard work and commitment to preventing and reducing crime’.
More information can be found at www.ourwatch.org.uk.