TIM DREW: Chance to nominate volunteers for top awards

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DO YOU know of a Neigbourhood Watch scheme which can demonstrate or show evidence of having made a positive difference within its community?

Or do you know of scheme co-ordinators whose achievements have been above and beyond what might normally be expected of volunteers?

If so, then here’s an opportunity to show your appreciation. To celebrate and reward the work carried out by Neighbourhood and Home Watch volunteers across England and Wales, Neighbourhood Watch members are invited to submit nominations for the National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Awards, to be held on Friday, June 20, at the House of Commons.

Members, co-ordinators and partners are encouraged to nominate both schemes and members for up to a maximum of two awards per nominee, from a list of the following ten categories: partnership working; outstanding achievement (scheme); outstanding aAchievement (co-ordinator); community engagement; national database (neighbourhood alert); environmental improvement; community advocacy; inspiring youth and safer neighbourhoods.

Self-nominations will also be accepted. A shortlist for each of the ten award categories will be selected by each region, with overall national winners and runners-up selected by the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (NHWN) board of trustees.

Application forms can be downloaded from the document library of the Neighbourhood Watch website. These should be emailed to enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk or posted to NHWN, Beaumont Enterprise Centre, 72 Boston Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 1HB, by 5pm on Friday, March 28.

• PCSO Sally Haggis will be available for a chat outside Spar in Heene Road, Worthing, from 10.30am to 11.30am on Wednesday. The next day, PCSO Ben Cruise will host his surgery at the West Worthing Baptist Church, in South Street, Tarring between 11am and noon, with PCSO Gary Morgan’s taking place at the Durrington Community Centre, Durrington, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm that evening.