The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2019
Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association (WDNHWA) is delighted to announce that it has been selected as a recipient for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2019. This is a prestigious award that is the equivalent of the MBE for organisations in the voluntary sector.
WDNHWA has been developing Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) for 25 years in and around High Wycombe and it is believed to be the largest volunteer organisation in Buckinghamshire. It is also known to be the largest NHW association in the area of Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association. It has a network of over 1,000 Co-ordinators dedicated to protecting the safety and well-being of their individual streets and micro-communities. Committed to crime prevention, WDNHWA has been tirelessly drawing attention in particular to the hidden crimes of cons & scams (fraud) perpetrated on isolated and vulnerable members of the community.
It has extended its reach to include specifically the local Muslim community, the transient population of the local university, and also to those in care and supported living facilities. It has created tailored schemes to take particular account of the vulnerabilities – isolation, loneliness, disability, and so on – that can make individuals susceptible to targeting by criminals.
With its local knowledge of the pockets of vulnerability that exist in every part of the district, WDNHWA’s committee members have consistently made themselves available to man stands in village halls or inside/outside supermarkets. The aim is to raise awareness and to look out for signs of rogue trader activity as well as to provide advice at these events on a wide spectrum of crimes.
To raise levels of understanding of cyber-crime and cons & scams that affect many people, there have been 60 meetings, arranged by or involving WDNHWA, devoted to this vast subject in the last two and a half years. It is this prevention activity that has created a special profile to WDNHWA’s activities, so providing a platform to justify the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service being granted to WDNHWA.
WDNHWA’s nomination for this award was made by Val McPherson, who was Chair of Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association at the time of the nomination. The nomination was accompanied by considerable letters of support from Chris Holden, Senior Specialist Trading Standards Officer at Bucks & Surrey Trading Standards, and from Daniel Sullivan, Community Safety Manager at Wycombe District Council / Wycombe Community Safety Partnership. WDNHWA wishes to express its considerable gratitude to all three for their support in this matter.
- 06.06.19 : GP to address Lane End Older People’s Action Group re cons & scams at Lane End Community Centre from 2.00pm (as a public meeting).
- 14.06.19 : GP to attend ‘Stop Cyber Attacks’ talk in Marlow Library from 2.00pm.
- 18.06.19 : NHW meeting and reception at A-Plan’s offices in High Wycombe from 7.30pm.
- 25.06.19 : GP to address Holmer Green Stroke Club re cons & scams at Christ Church Centre, Holmer Green, from 10.00am.
- 16.07.19 : GP to address DOSTI, Asian ladies’ group, at Wycombe Museum from 11.00am.
- 17.09.19 : GP to address DOSTI, Asian ladies’ group, at Wycombe Museum from 11.00am.
- 25.09.19 : GP to address U3A re cons & scams at Lacey Green Millennium Hall from 2.15pm.
- 15.10.19 : GP to address DOSTI, Asian ladies’ group, at Wycombe Museum from 11.00am.
- 10.10.19 : NHW table display at Older Drivers’ Awareness event, Flowerland Garden Centre, Bourne End, time tbc.
- 12.11.19 : GP to address DOSTI, Asian ladies’ group, at Wycombe Museum from 11.00am.
The Annual General Meeting of Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association took place on Thursday, 2nd May, from 7.30pm. We were delighted to have these guest speakers: Korinne Leney, Area Manager, Community Engagement & Development Communities, Bucks County Council; Inspector Pete Wall, Neighbourhood Inspector, Wycombe Local Police Area.
Community Safety Champions Rewarded
The presentation also recognised Geoff’s personal commitment to the cause and his work in overseeing the training of members of the High Wycombe group to proactively go out and speak to local communities about how to protect themselves.
- Several new Neighbourhood Watch schemes have started in High Wycombe since May 2018;
Pimms Grove, High Wycombe,
North Dean (for the village),
Priory Avenue, High Wycombe,
Brimmer’s Hill (part), Widmer End,
Woodland Close, High Wycombe,
Primrose Hill (part), Widmer End,
Pimms Grove, High Wycombe,
Radnage Common Road, Radnage,
Green End Road, Radnage,
Bottle Square Lane, Radnage,
Threlkeld Close, High Wycombe,
Wycombe Road (part), High Wycombe,
City Road, Radnage,
Sprigs Holly Lane, Radnage,
Totteridge Lane (part), High Wycombe,
Kennedy Avenue, High Wycombe,
Robertson Place, High Wycombe,
Beech Street, High Wycombe,
Peel Lodge, Dean St, Marlow,
Arnison Avenue (part), High Wycombe,
Totteridge Road (part), High Wycombe,
Salisbury Road, High Wycombe,
Raven Road, Stokenchurch,
Coopers Court Road, Stokenchurch,
Eaker Street, High Wycombe,
Fisherman’s Retreat, Marlow,
Marlow Bottom Road (part),
Cressington Place, Bourne End.
Meeting at Godstowe School, October 2018. As well as visitors having the opportunity to raise issues and concerns in their areas, we were pleased to welcome guest speakers: Sarah Woodward, Training Lead for One Recovery Bucks, the adult substance misuse service for Bucks; and Robin Mugridge, Scheme Co-ordinator of High Wycombe First Responder Scheme. Many thanks to our speakers and everyone who attended.
WDNHWA is delighted to announce that a new NHW scheme has been started for the 4000 students of Bucks New University who live in the town. Despite the relative safety of our district for students, they are often targeted by thieves and it is hoped that this scheme will help keep them as safe as possible. This is by far the largest NHW scheme in Wycombe, and it is run by the Volunteers Department of the Students’ Union, who aim to extend it to those elsewhere in the district very soon.
WDNHWA has a table display of useful crime prevention leaflets outside one of the main mosques in High Wycombe (Jubilee Road, Castlefield, & Totteridge Road) by rotation, overlapping the time of Friday prayers – weather permitting during the summer, spring, and autumn.
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