We devote about 8 hours work a month to the excellent cause that is West Downs Neighbourhood Watch.
We were deeply unhappy that the image that most people had of NHW was of elderly people peeking out from behind their net curtains.
Nothing was being done to make NHW more accessible and relevant to people in their late teens, 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
Our ability to integrate a new website – www.westdownsnhw.org.uk with social networking sites Facebook and Twitter immediately opened up NHW to a much younger demographic group.
Just two editors are now able to provide a ‘Rolls Royce’ NHW service across the whole of West Sussex, that previously used to be done by hundreds of volunteer coordinators – freeing them up to concentrate on more worthwhile community activities.