The NY NHWA Three Year Business Plan
North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association
(NY Incorporating Rural Watch and its subsidiaries)
The 2017-2020 Business Plan
Neighbourhood Watch has great potential for contributing to crime reduction, improving people's feelings of safety and building public confidence. The British Crime Survey estimated that 3.8 million households belong to a Neighbourhood Watching Scheme and that many more would be interested in joining if a local scheme were available. NHWN estimates that currently there are some 173,000 Co-ordinators.
The same review recognised that the national governance structures for Neighbourhood Watch could be better developed; support for groups at local level is patchy in deprived pressed areas.
This Business Plan has been formed after development work carried out by the North Yorkshire Police, NY NHWA and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office plus the feedback received from other key stakeholders. It sets out how NY NHWA will develop further its capacity to enable Neighbourhood Watch and Rural Watch to take the most effective action at community level.
Audience and Target
The 2017-2020 Business Plan is written for NY NHWA’s District Representatives and its membership. It sets out a clear direction of travel, with demonstrable outcomes to be achieved by 2020. The Partnership Agreement between North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association and the Police and Crime Commissioner continues, setting out what each of the three Partners will undertake.
The 2017-2020 Business Plan will be reviewed annually.
Our Vision and Mission
Our Vision is of a caring society that is founded upon trust and respect in which people are safe from crime and live in communities that enjoy a good quality of life as well as to help provide a protective safety net for those members who are vulnerable and at risk of harm.
Our Mission is to enable Neighbourhood Watch and Rural Watch to help prevent crime and to improve community life across North Yorkshire. NY NHWA will achieve this by working with North Yorkshire Police, listening to and supporting our grass-roots members, co-ordinating County activities on their behalf, supporting regional co-ordination and representing Watch scheme members’ views, so that their voice is heard.
NY NHWA will work with its partners to achieve a credible and effective voluntary sector organisation that will prioritise improving the quality of community life.
In order to accomplish this it will focus its work on:
· supporting and developing local watch schemes of NHW/ Rural Watch in keeping with their needs.
· expanding the inclusiveness of Neighbourhood Watch and Rural Watch.
· building the profile and influence of Neighbourhood Watch and Rural Watch.
· maintaining a robust, efficient and effective structure for the Partnership network.
· increasing NY NHWA’s financial sustainability.
Our Values are to be credible, accountable, transparent, caring, realistic, inclusive, sustainable and independent.
The Business Plan 2017 -2020
The overall driver for our work throughout this plan is to develop NY NHWA into a credible and effective voluntary sector organisation that improves the quality of community life and helps to reduce crime across the City of York and the County of North Yorkshire.
In this way NY NHWA will be best placed to support the delivery of Neighbourhood Watch and Rural Watch on the ground and inspire good practice in all its activities. It will also be able to contribute to NHW activities at Regional and National level and represent grass-roots views so that their voice is heard.
Support and development of the grass roots of NHW
1. Support and develop the NY NHWA’s Watch schemes in keeping with their needs
2. Improve information flow within the NYP/NY NHWA/PCC Partnership so that there is effective and accessible communication between Watch schemes and District levels. At County level the Partnership will be informed about the common views and needs of scheme members.
3. Provide, in partnership with North Yorkshire Police, a suite of training and support services that is designed to meet the common needs of local Watch schemes and their members. This will include public liability insurance, practical information and materials, generic advice plus access to training and funding opportunities.
4. Promote the development of NY NHWA so that it can achieve its 4-year mission. This will include user-friendly tool-kits which cover all key areas of NHW activity, sharing good practice that broadens engagement with NHW (for example with younger people, older people, people from minority religious and ethnic groups and those living in high crime areas) and strengthening NY NHWA’s District structures.
5. Co-ordinate activities with NY NHWA’s key partners at County level, and promote effective co-ordination at Scheme, District and Police Force levels. Key partners include but are not limited to: NY Police Force, Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs), Neighbourhood Policing, Trading Standards and a range of like-minded Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations.
Stronger & Safer Communities
1. Improve active citizenship, community safety and resilience through increased community participation, social action, neighbourliness and partnership working.
2. Reduce the opportunity for victimisation and the impact of crime or harm, especially to the vulnerable.
Expand the inclusiveness of Neighbourhood Watch and Rural Watch
1. Develop a strategy for inclusiveness which draws on research and case studies to broaden public engagement with NHW and Rural Watch. This should enable existing NHW schemes to attract more diverse members and establish schemes in areas new to NHW and Rural Watch.
2. Implement an inclusive strategy in which NHW increases its coverage and becomes more representative of society as a whole. This would identify the real and perceived barriers to engagement and set out a realistic route whereby NHW involves more people from under-involved minorities and age-groups, such as the under-30s.
3. Promote inclusiveness via the website, to inspire new Schemes to register. This incorporates resonant messaging, relevant opportunities to become involved and easy actions which people can take.
Build the profile and influence of Neighbourhood Watch and Rural Watch
1. In conjunction with North Yorkshire Police, increase the number of watch schemes and promote consistently the NYNHWA brand so that public perception of NHW and Rural Watch increasingly reflects the NY NHWA 4-year mission statement. Promotion tools include the NYNHWA website, media coverage and key events.
2. Work in partnership with CSPs and VCOs which share common goals. In this way NY NHWA will build a broader movement for change, embracing partners who work to reduce crime as well as partners who are working to improve community life.
3. Represent the shared views of NHW and Rural Watch scheme members to the key Partnership leaders to encourage relevant changes in policy and practice at County and local levels.
Maintain a robust, effective and sustainable structure for NY NHWA
1. Strengthen NY NHWA’s volunteering structure to ensure a high level of communication within the Partnership.
2. Establish and embed District Area NHW Coordinators.
3. Adopt participative ways of working so that Watch scheme needs are embedded across all areas of activity.
4. Ensure robust financial and risk management practices are in place.
Increase NY NHWA’s financial sustainability
1. Maximise income-generating opportunities through gifts, grants, grassroots membership and contracts, setting short, mid and long term targets for these income streams.
2. Identify, develop and sustain relationships with NY NHWA’s key supporters.
3. Maintain an up-to-date understanding of the policy and funding environment.
Approved 6 December 2016