Over the past year we have:
- Remained self-funding from the sale of discounted crime prevention products.
- Addressed 22 private groups re crime prevention with emphasis on the risks posed by cons & scams (including Dosti, an Asian ladies’ group).
- Held 6 WDNHWA committee meetings.
- Attended two of the three committee meetings of Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association.
- Helped establish the first Street Associations in our area. These are in the Hughenden Parish because of its high ratio of NHW schemes.
- Met the Communities & Diversity Officer of the Wycombe Local Policing Area to seek advice on our relationship with the ethnic minority communities in High Wycombe.
- Promoted an arrangement with Selectamark whereby our members can buy Selecta DNA kits at greatly reduced prices directly from them with a small commission for us.
- Received £1,000 in referral fees from A-Plan Insurance in 2018.
- Done 3 live radio interviews on local radio stations (Wycombe Sound and Awaaz Radio).
- Attended 2 NHW review meetings with Wycombe District Council’s Community Safety Department and Thames Valley Police.
- Held table displays on 12 occasions in various public locations.
- Held 7 meetings in an on-going sequence of general public Cons, Scams & Cyber-crime Awareness Meetings.
- Held a review meeting re the NHW scheme at the Students’ Union for Bucks New University.
- As a result of registering our activities re increasing the awareness of cons & scams with Friends Against Scams (part of National Trading Standards), they awarded us with ‘Organisation’ status and we believe we were the only NHW group to be so recognised by them in the country.
- Our activities in increasing the awareness of cons & scams within our other activities prompted us to be nominated for the second time in our existence for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The nomination was made by Val McPherson, Chair of Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association, with letters of support from Bucks & Surrey Trading Standards and Wycombe Community Safety Partnership.
- Started 22 new schemes involving 30 new Co-ordinators for those schemes during 2018.