Welcome to the 74th edition of the LNWA Newsletter – produced to maintain your contact with LNWA and e-mailed to all 32 Boroughs plus the City. Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) are regularly updated so, if you are receiving it for the first time, it’s because you are identified as the Neighbourhood Watch Contact for your Borough. LNWA is anxious information reaches the grassroots so please ensure everyone in a Watch in your Borough is encouraged to read this Newsletter which is also accessible via our website, www.lnwa.net
NEIGHBOURHOOD & HOME WATCH NETWORK (NHWN)
If you haven’t signed up to receive a regular, monthly copy direct to your e-mail Inbox, the latest Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network newsletter is now available at:
Meanwhile, applications are now open for Round 3 of ‘Support a Watch’ promoting Neighbourhood Watch projects that have identified a need for additional resources or support. It centres around a page on the Our Watch website featuring up to 10 projects for periods of 3 months. Each project has a dedicated page with background information, description, aims, aspirations, pictures and contact details to help attract money and/or in-kind support directly to schemes that need it. Applications for Round 3 close at 5 pm on 29 November and the successful projects will go live on the website on 16 December. You can see the current projects at: www.ourwatch.org.uk/get_involved/support_a_watch
Please read the briefing and application guidelines before applying in order to maximise your chances of selection. The briefing and Application Form can be found here:
NHWN will showcase all the projects but, if there are more than 10 applications, a decision will be made, based on time sensitivity, which to feature first. The aim is to make your project look as good as possible so you may be contacted for more information.
MAYOR’S OFFICE FOR POLICE AND CRIME (MOPAC)
In his 2012 manifesto, the Mayor announced his intention to establish a Safer Neighbourhood Board in every London Borough as a way of ensuring the Police focus on the priorities of local communities. In discussions with all 32 Boroughs about establishment of the boards, MOPAC, while not wanting to be prescriptive about setting up Safer Neighbourhood Boards, recognised Borough partners would welcome more detailed guidance. One of the functions of the boards is to support Neighbourhood Watch so you may be interested to know the (Safer Neighbourhood Board) guidance is now available on the MOPAC website at:
The www.police.uk website has been revamped with many new features, including:
* E-mail alerts informing you when crime data for your area is updated;
* crime prevention advice relating to specific offences which users have researched;
* the ability to compare performances of your local police with similar forces; and
* an area giving details about our “Police and Crime Commissioner”.
Visit the site and take a look. Feedback on the update can be directed to Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (NHWN) and it will be passed to the Home Office. Meanwhile, NHWN is currently looking at integrating the updates on the Police.uk site on to its website.
NEWS FROM STREETBANK (WWW.STREETBANK.COM)
Streetbank is blossoming. In the last week, people have offered to lend fold-up bikes, leaf blowers, cots, scanners, DVDs, high-chairs and more; to give away sofas, bookcases, cooking pans, kid’s bikes and instruments; and to teach skills, from Excel spreadsheets to capoeira (I had to look that up!) to insulating your home. If you’ve not created a profile on Streetbank, why not do it today? A new “items” page makes it simple to upload photos.
STREET SIGNS AND WINDOW STICKERS
Normanton Screen Print is currently offering discounts on Neighbourhood Watch signage. If you want a quote, make contact and mention you heard of the offer from London Neighbourhood Watch Association. Details at: http://www.nsprint.net/email/nsp011013.html
That’s it for this month. As usual, on behalf of LNWA, thank you for your work and support.