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About Us

“Bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities.”

Our vision is to create a caring society based 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 no one has to feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place they live.

Neighbourhood Watch is the largest crime prevention movement across the UK with current estimates suggesting 8.7 million households are involved in the movement, with 173,000 coordinators running schemes across England and Wales. The Neighbourhood Watch Network is the national charity which is the advocate for the movement and works with national funders, supporters and partners such as the Home Office, the police service and Police and Crime Commissioners.

Over the next three years Neighbourhood Watch Network will stand for the following:

  • At its core it will be a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) that helps bring citizens together to make communities across England and Wales safer and happier places in which to live.

  • We will do this through continued links with the police and law enforcement services and through a network of passionate and caring volunteers fully equipped with the information, resources and support they need.

  • We will demonstrate the difference that volunteers can make - freeing up front line officers, adding value to their work and creating stronger links between communities and their local police forces.

In an increasingly fast changing world the charity (CIO) will evolve in four ways:

  • It will align itself with the priorities of the Home Office with a particular focus on helping communities tackle fraud and cyber-crime and to safeguard the most vulnerable groups in society, including older people, victims of domestic abuse, victims of hate crime and children at risk of criminal exploitation.
  • Where appropriate, it will proactively look to establish partnerships with other voluntary and community groups, the private sector and other potential stakeholders.
  • It will modernise and broaden its communication strategy, harnessing technology to reach more effectively across its networks and new platforms. 
  • It will find new ways to involve a broader diversity of members including a younger membership.

The CIO will continue to be run by a small central team who will provide a framework for the future, consult existing and potential new members, draw up a detailed plan and get approval from all key stakeholders.

Within this new agreed framework and on an on-going basis, the role of the central team will be to continue to serve the needs of the communities, police and law enforcement services and all key partners against a set of transparent and measurable outputs.

It will continue to adapt and respond to new technology, societal changes, an evolving external landscape and the needs of police and law enforcement services. 

The organisation will be more dynamic, responsive and agile going forward.

Our Finances

Our financial position at the end of 2016/17 has resulted in us having three months operating reserves. For the 2017/18 financial year NHWN have received a Home Office grant for £280k and a second sponsorship from ERA Home Security due for renewal in June of £50k. A sponsorship from the Co-op Insurance of £30k for 2017/18 is due at the end of the financial year. Other sponsorships will be pursued during the year to support a national event later in the year.

We have an ambitious fundraising plan to generate income from trusts, foundations and wider corporate partners.

Income 2016


Expenditure 2016