Helping your community

The Neighbourhood Watch mission is to ‘bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities’. Neighbourhood Watch is about making sure that no one has to feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live. You could help support one of the UK’s largest voluntary movements by joining a scheme in your area, becoming a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator and setting up your own group, or supporting the organisation in other ways, for instance as a Digital Champion.

Have a look at what opportunities are currently available with the Neighbourhood Watch.

Neighbourhood Watch on loneliness in the UK

How being a good neighbour can help tackle loneliness

As social beings, we’re often at our best when we’re connected to the people and communities around us. However nearly 1 in 5 people in the UK today say they’re often or always lonely, and a similar number of people will go over a week without even being asked ‘how are you?’

Loneliness and isolation is a serious issue for people across our country, and its impact can go further than you might imagine. Loneliness is bad for your health — it’s reported to be twice as bad for us as being obese.

Who does loneliness affect?

Loneliness and isolation can affect anyone and everyone. It’s not always who you might think. Research by the Coop and British Red Cross has shown that whilst two thirds of the UK believe that ‘older people’ are most likely to experience loneliness, in reality it can impact all ages.

Rather than simply being about age, there are specific life changes that can affect the risk of loneliness:

  • Health issues
  • Mobility issues
  • Experiencing a bereavement
  • Divorce or separation
  • Children leaving home
  • Retirement
  • Health issues
  • Mobility issues
So, what can a good neighbour do?

Happily, we know from research that the simple everyday things can make a real difference.

  • A smile and ‘hello’ on the street.
  • Striking up a conversation.
  • Inviting people to events in your community.

What’s more, your work to help set up and run a Neighbourhood Watch makes your neighbourhood feel more welcoming and safe so everyone feels more able to connect with one another.

Find out more about Neighbourhood Watch: www.ourwatch.org.uk.