Nationally, Neighbourhood Watch has been losing members rapidly – but don’t just take our word for it – take a look at the report from the ‘think tank’ DEMOS.
The reasons for the decline are twofold:-
- Firstly, many members are old and, with each year that passes more members simply pass away
- Secondly, the people who have run NHW the same way for YEARS have done nothing to improve, modernise and regenerate NHW and make it more accessible and relevant to people in their 20s, 30, 40s and 50s.
In Littlehampton as recently as November 2011, there was an Extraordinary AGM called by the septegenarian and octagenarian committee to wind the Littlehampton branch of NHW up, as they felt they could no longer cope with running it.
Mike Cullern has stepped forward to try to rescue Littlehampton NHW and bring it back from the brink. We will be helping Mike to achieve this by building him a modern website that is ‘fit for purpose’ in this ‘Information Age’.
In the village of Plaistow we are helping to establish a NHW scheme.
And in Tarring (Worthing) we have already set up a NHW website.
And each month we get around 100 people join NHW through Twitter.