Neighbourhood Watch Week from 7th to 13th June celebrates our neighbours and all the great work that you and your community do to make where you live safer, connected and more resilient.
Over the past few months, as our lives have all been turned upside down, the word ‘neighbourliness’ has never meant so much to so many. Communities have pulled together to provide vital support and resources, an army of volunteers has emerged, people are learning new skills, and as a result have become more resilient.
Neighbourhood Watch Week is about encouraging neighbours to say thank you and celebrate what it means to be a neighbour, the connections we have made and the importance of staying connected through good and bad times.
There have been and continue to be many incredible stories about Community initiatives involving Groups and individuals that have contributed to the wellbeing of Neighbours, those people who are vulnerable, alone and without family or friends and much more.
Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall comments: “Being a good neighbour is to behave in a helpful, supportive and friendly way, to watch out for one another and offer assistance wherever possible.
“During the Covid-19 lockdown, it has been heart-warming to see just how much our Cumbrian communities have pulled together, demonstrating resilience, kindness and a ‘we’re all in this together’ approach for the benefit of each other.
“I genuinely believe that moving forwards into the recovery and return stage, that our villages and towns will continue to thrive in a similar way, with stronger, more unified bonds helping to create even safer areas to live.”
With the above in mind, I believe that Neighbourhood Watch Week should celebrate all the good things that have happened in Cumbria since every Community went into ‘Lockdown’ and in this respect I would ask for any information about such work and initiatives so that they can be highlighted and shared on the Neighbourhood Watch Network Social Media Channels.