Here is a message from Neighbourhood Watch with special reference to their volunteers:-
“We are now in Volunteers’ Week – a time to say thanks for the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing too. It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence.
If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it is that crime prevention, neighbourliness and community spirit are just as important as ever. Neighbourhood Watch Week (next week 5th-11th June) is an opportunity for us to build on the existing and new neighbourly relationships formed throughout the pandemic. It is a time for us to build on the connections we have made before and during lockdown.
The reason why we are contacting you today is to thank each and every Neighbourhood Watch member and supporter, which includes our friends in the Sussex Community Search Team, for the time and effort which you contribute towards helping to keep Sussex such a safe place.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “We are incredibly fortunate to be supported by so many amazing people who volunteer their time to help keep our communities safer.
“The last year, with the global pandemic, it has been particularly challenging for volunteers, but I have watched in awe as our communities have come together and supported each other in ways that we’ve never done before.
“On behalf of myself and Sussex Police I would like to thank all of you in Neighbourhood Watch for being the eyes and ears of our communities over the last year. We are all incredibly grateful for your ongoing support, admirable public spirit and willingness to help in any way you can.”
Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
To quote a few figures:
- In Sussex, Neighbourhood Watch has 3,877 co-ordinators looking after 3,346 schemes. We regularly send out around 27,000 important Alert messages, and these are widely distributed to other members and supporters by our co-ordinators and social media users.
- Around 700 volunteers, including Neighbourhood Watch and Sussex Community Search Team members, have supported the NHS vaccination programme on a regular basis. Over 1 million people in Sussex have now been vaccinated since the programme began. You can see a message from the CEO of the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, in which she outlines the critical importance of this role, at https://fb.watch/5RRdiBqqYJ/.
Thank you again to all of our very much appreciated and highly valued volunteers.”