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Saturday 23 May 2020

Neighbourhood Watch Week Set To Celebrate Neighbours

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Dear Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators
We are delighted to invite you to join us for Neighbourhood Watch Week, which 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.
Between 7th - 13th June we are 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.
Since early March, we have been encouraging people to 'Be Kind, Connect, Support and Share' during these challenging times as part of the Community Action Response. As part of the campaign, award winning cartoonist Tony Husband has created bespoke cartoons for the four community actions to show just how important our neighbours are at this time. Tony's cartoons can be downloaded as posters to display in your window, or postcards to pop through a neighbour's door, and if you are feeling creative you can draw your very own cartoon and enter it in a competition to be judged by Tony himself.
You can download the posters and postcards on our website as well as Neighbourhood Watch Week bunting to make at home.
To kickstart the week, we are inviting you to take part in The Big Virtual Lunch activities, organised by Eden Project, on the 6th and 7th June. The Big Lunch have put together ideas of small things you can do to celebrate community connections with your neighbours such as making your own bunting and spread some neighbourly joy by hanging it out for all to see, put together a lunch for someone or a small food parcel and leave it on a doorstep, join in with The Big Lunch from your doorstep, raise a cuppa, wave a sausage roll or have a picnic in your own gardens at the same time, host a Big Virtual Lunch online from the comfort of your own home, and ideas to host a Big Virtual Lunch over the phone.
On the 7th June we will be launching a competition to be judged by Tony Husband. Look out for details of that on our website and in email on the 7th June. And each day between the 7th - 13th June we will be sharing stories on our social media channels and website highlighting the big and small ways in which neighbours have been connecting, sharing, supporting and spreading kindness.
We encourage you to share our social media posts throughout the week or post your own engaging stories and examples of how you are engaging in the week.
Neighbourhood Watch Week this year also marks 35 years since the very first Neighbourhood Watch Week.
Please find attached our Neighbourhood Watch Week Press Release and Social Media Pack to help promote the week.  You will see in the social media pack are images which can be used in countdown posts, images for the week itself and links to the resources.
Let's celebrate our neighbours and all the amazing work that you do and together let’s make this year's Neighbourhood Watch Week the best yet!
Many thanks,

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