Start a Neighbourhood Watch group or neighbours group
Any group of neighbours can come together to form a Neighbourhood Watch or neighbours group. It can be very simple to do, and doesn’t cost anything.
The first step is to speak to your neighbours and find out if they are interested in starting a scheme. The more residents who want to get involved, the more successful a scheme will be, but not everyone in a street or neighbourhood needs to join.
You can start a group with a lot of interest or only a little. Many schemes start very small and then grow once residents see what it’s all about. The main thing is to make a start and the Neighbourhood Network can assist.
Step by step guide to forming a neighbours group
- Identify an area to set up a scheme. This can be any size, but it is best to start with no more than 30 households.
- Speak to your neighbours and find out if they are interested in starting a scheme. To do this you can distribute a questionnaire to all the households to find out if they are interested (available from the Neighbourhood Network). This also helps to pull together their contact details.
- Once you have an idea of interest, if you choose to you can organise a start up meeting for all interested neighbours. This can be at someone’s home or a suitable public building or community hall. Here you can discuss some issues you would like to address as a group (anti social behaviour, bogus callers, speeding, lighting, environment improvement, crime issues).
If you like you could also invite someone from the Neighbourhood Network or one of the other community safety partners (Hull City Council, Humberside Police or community wardens).
- Consider how you will keep group members informed. Across the city lots of groups get the majority of information from the Neighbourhood Network via email, so it works well if the organiser has access to email and an email distribution list of the group’s members.
You can also look to pass the information in a way to suit you including word of mouth, physical delivery of hard copies, notice boards or even over the phone.
- At this stage apply to join the Neighbourhood Network via our online Neighbourhood Network registration form by visiting the website below -
Apply to join the Neighbourhood Network online (link opens in a new window)
Alternatively request a hard copy be telephoning on 01482 300 300.
What is the Neighbourhood Network
The Neighbourhood Network is a charitable trust made up of Hull based neighbourhood groups, however big or small, that are interested in community safety.
We work together with partners and groups to reduce crime, develop a good community spirit and create a safer environment where people are neighbourly and look out for each other.
Once your group is registered with the Neighbourhood Network you recieve the following –
- a monthly ward community safety update which includes details of the action undertaken in relation to local priorities, community meetings, those people brought to justice for local offences and good news from the ward
- a weekly area email with details of appeals, advice, alerts and funding for your area
- details of how to set up no cold calling zones, gating schemes or other community safety activities
More information about the Neighbourhood Network
Hull City Council
57-67 Gillett Street
Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349