Saturday, 8 October 2011


The London Neighbourhood Watch Association (LNWA), the Metropolitan Police, Home Office and the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (NHWN) are all anxious that information reaches the "grass roots" so please ensure that AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE in our Borough reads this Newsletter which is also accessible via this website,


Neighbourhood Watch is 30 years old in 2012 and NHWN is hoping to plan something significant to celebrate this milestone. Watch this space!

Next year's Neighbourhood & Home Watch Week will run from 16 - 24 June. The focus will be on the 30th anniversary and being the largest voluntary movement in the UK with particular emphasis on linking with police support volunteers and the Special Constabulary.

NHWN will continue to work with the Big Lunch so if you are planning a lunch to warm up for the Week” (next year's Big Lunch will be on 3 June) do visit the website where you can find all sorts of handy tools and ideas.


The Home Office has released guidance notes and an application process for a £10 million Community Action against Crime Innovation Fund with £5m available this year and a further £5m for 2012/13. The purpose of the Fund is to stimulate creative, new approaches to tackling crime by empowering local groups to develop innovative projects to tackle local community safety problems. For details, go to

The Home Office is keen to attract applications from grassroots community activists who are not traditional recipients of government grants and also for the voluntary sector to work more closely with Community Safety Partnerships and other statutory agencies to drive, co-design and co-deliver services and community safety projects.

Applications can be made between £1,000 and £15,000 (small grants) and from £15,001 to £50,000 (large grants) in each of the two years. The application process is open and runs until 1 December 2011. Grant panels are locally based and have a rolling allocation process, meaning that grants will be assessed in date order and awarded on a first come first served basis if they meet the criteria. If you plan to apply for a grant, please do so as soon as possible.

Speak with your Neighbourhood Watch Members to identify any areas of work that could benefit from additional funding or new funding. Areas that could secure funding include developing Junior Neighbourhood Watch, developing schemes in new housing developments or alongside residents associations, working with other partners to create schemes in high crime rate areas or with a high population of Black and Minority Ethnic Groups (BME). Visit for some ideas and toolkits.

Speak to your Community Safety Partnership regarding your ideas and to see if they have any ideas you could become involved in.

For further help, contact the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (England & Wales) enquiry line on 0116 229 3118 or email: here. If you need assistance on the application process, please contact Community Development Foundation directly by calling 020 7833 1772 (option 3) or email: here.


It’s easy to confuse the replacement cost of your property with its market value. The rebuilding cost is not the same as what you could sell your home for since this price takes into consideration the land and location. Your buildings insurance policy should cover the full cost of rebuilding your home if it were totally destroyed. This includes any outbuildings plus any additional charges that could be incurred in rebuilding, such as demolition costs, architects and surveyors fees and complying with the requirements of local authorities. The value of the land under your home isn't a factor in replacement.

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