Mansfield and Ashfield Neighbourhood Watch ‘Connect 2 Protect’ Project
Dear Scheme member,
In March last year, with the support of Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire County Council, Mansfield and Ashfield District Councils and Mansfield CVS (Community and Voluntary Services) we held a consultation event at the Mansfield Civic Centre to which all Mansfield and Ashfield Neighbourhood Watch members and key service providers were invited.
The aim of the event was to consider the current Neighbourhood Watch structure, processes and arrangements, reflect on what does and does not work well and identify priorities for change. In brief, those identified priorities included:
Marketing and Promotion
Structure, Management and Administration
Expansion and Inclusivity of Membership
These priorities are now contained in a 3 year Development Plan which is the foundation of the Connect 2 Protect Project.
The project aims to:
Strengthen and develop existing Neighbourhood Watch community structures, connection and engagement; initially in Mansfield and Ashfield and then rolling out across Nottinghamshire. Moving from a crime focused to a wider social inclusion approach.
- encourage stronger relationships and support an holistic approach to the health, safety & wellbeing of local communities; helping people to live better, for longer in their own homes and neighbourhoods. This project is about helping people to help themselves.
- Introduce more flexible and relevant methods of communication.
This project is championed by the Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch (NottsWatch ®) Association who are community representatives of Neighbourhood Watch schemes across the County of Nottinghamshire. They have kindly provided £2000 of funding to support the project.
The national Neighbourhood Watch Network charity is also supporting the development of this project’s approach nationally. Mansfield/Ashfield and Nottingham City have agreed to be two of their ten pilot sites across the country; testing new ways of working and focusing on widening the approach and reach to communities.
An application for £75,000 has been submitted to the Nottinghamshire County Council Local Improvement Fund which would enable us to recruit a part time project manager, employed by NottsWatch but located and hosted at Mansfield CVS, for a three year period to provide committed focus and leadership to the project and achieve the outcomes of the Development Plan. We will learn the result of our application in April.
We need your help!
We are now seeking additional volunteers, particularly those with specialist skills such as administration, finance, IT, recruitment and training, to become involved in the work of our Project Development Sub Groups and Executive Committee.
We are also keen to start working more closely with individual service providers who have a remit for community health, safety and wellbeing, whether they be public, private or third sector, and who wish to develop and improve engagement and communication with the diverse communities within our area.
If you feel that you would like to become involved in our project in any way, then please contact me at my email address above.
Volunteer, Neighbourhood Watch and Mansfield CVS