Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association was established in 1987, with the purpose of create a ‘good neighbour’ relationship with the neighbourhoods and communities, and is today regarded as one of the best examples of a ‘Watch Scheme Association’ in Wales and England.
To enable a safe and secure environment that embraces diversity, race, and faith and spans generations. It supports vulnerable people and neighbourhoods, while responding to the concerns of people to enable them to be and feel safe, secure and respected.
Our model embraces many strands, and in 2007 we led Wales in bringing watch schemes into the 21st Century, by piloting and incorporating a communication system into our watch schemes called OWL. We currently provide services on behalf of all watch schemes, a reduction in the fear of crime, cohesive neighbourhoods, good citizenship and greater public participation in the prevention and detection of crime, together with other activities which are aimed at enhancing the quality of life, health and wellbeing and the security of the community at large, with a particular emphasis on older and vulnerable members of the communities.
21 watch type schemes in the Counties of Flintshire and Wrexham, including neighbourhoods, schools, farms and equine establishments, rural communities, church, caravan, business and no cold calling areas.
Crime and Community messaging alerts are operated by us using the OWL system.
We also provide a sales service that enables people to purchase affordable target hardening equipment.
We proactively work with, and support, victims of crime, older and those who are more vulnerable.
Young people – we actively encourage volunteering against crime in our award winning ‘Y-Factor Youth Programme’ to contribute in helping to improve their skills, environment and build respect between generations. Y-Factor also coordinates ‘Get Hooked on Fishing’, Y-Kops (Youth Keeping Older People Safe) Projects.
Home Fire Safety Checks – we have a team that are trained by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service to deliver this service.
Crime Prevention Events – we have a range of innovative resources that are used in communities, schools and other seasonal times of the year, ranging from life size characters, such as PC HUG, Y Draig Melyn, Billy Burglar as well as our unique Y-Kops vintage prison vehicle, Y-Factor mobile unit and Crime Prevention Exhibition Unit.
Winter Specific Service Provision:
- Community OWL Scheme – A mechanism to deliver key campaign or emergency messages relating to Keeping Well through Winter.
- Targeted support to older and vulnerable residents in 64 ‘No Cold Calling’ zones in Flintshire.
- The 50+ Forum Development Project, funded via the Older People’s Strategy enables distribution of Keep Well through Winter messages information to older peoples forums and groups throughout Flintshire.