AGM – Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Thoughts from the Chair - Extract


I’m writing this after our NWS AGM , and still absorbing the tremendous input, discussion and enthusiasm that took place. It’s great to know so many people want to get more engaged with the Neighbourhood Watch movement.

The business of reports and accounts was concluded swiftly. We welcomed Jack Birrell as a new trustee and paid tribute to those who had retired, including Brian Connel who leaves the treasurer role this month. We also welcome Alan Dron from Police Scotland to the Board, and this was particularly good timing as much of the Q&A discussion centred around police engagement, which is something already improving for NWS on a national level,  and we’re determined to help local groups get similar on a local level.

We also took a moment to reflect on the truly unprecedented situation we’re in as a global, national and local community as a result of the last nine months of Covid. The effects all this has had on our communities, and ourselves individually are far reaching, and i’d like to pay tribute to everyone who has found a way to help each other, their neighbours, their friends, their colleagues or any other part of their community. As mentioned previously we really do want to improve our Board representation, seeking more Neighbourhood Watch members reflective of our communities across Scotland and with the skills we need to thrive. We had some promising signs of interest at the AGM and i’d encourage anyone who might want to be involved to get in touch, this is a membership organisation and you’re its life blood…

On behalf of all of us at NWS, do have a very happy, safe Christmas and even more importantly, a healthy and prosperous 2021.

Please see below for a note of the minutes, final accounts for year ending March 2020 and our most recent newsletter.