Neighbour Hood Support

Guidelines for setting up and maintaining a Neighbourhood Support Group

Introduction

The most vital component of Neighbourhood Support is the Neighbourhood Support Group. These groups don't take a lot of time or effort to set up or maintain but provide significant benefits. Group members are encouraged and supported to think and plan ahead to reduce local crime, respond quickly to emergencies, and solve community problems.

Each Neighbourhood Support Group has a Contact Person whose role is to act as a point of contact for group members, the wider Neighbourhood Support network and the police. The Contact Person provides the link for sharing information within the group and for passing on matters of importance.

It is also advisable to have at least one Deputy Contact for each group, who can take over the role in the absence of the Contact.  To ensure the group remains effective, it is suggested that on a regular basis  others in the group should take on these positions, rather than leave it to the same people.  In the past  groups have lapsed because one person had done the job for years, moves away or becomes ill and no one wants to take it on.  By sharing the tasks it is much more effective, and it does not involve a lot of time and effort.

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What do Neighbourhood Support Groups do?

Steps for setting up a Neighbourhood Support Group

Additional Considerations when setting up a Neighbourhood Support Group

Role of a Neighbourhood Support Group Contact Person

Maintaining a Neighbourhood Support Group

The Ideal Neighbourhood Support Group

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