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Oct 20 2012

Sign up to become a Neighbourhood Champion today

Your street needs you to join Harrow Council’s army of volunteers to help wage war on anti-social-behaviour.

Harrow Council is calling on Harrow residents to join its Neighbourhood Champions scheme. There are currently 900 champions throughout Harrow on the scheme, but now the council is aiming for each road in the borough to have at least one.

The Neighbourhood Champions scheme is a network of volunteers throughout Harrow, whose role is to inform us about everyday street-level nuisances such as litter, graffiti, fly-tipping and broken street lamps that they see in their own streets. It’s a joint initiative between Harrow Council and the Metropolitan Police. This scheme is about getting the community involved to help highlight street level issues so something positive can be done about them; it’s not about spying or informing on neighbours and other residents.

The Neighbourhood Champions scheme is an enhancement of Harrow’s very successful Neighbourhood Watch Scheme ,except with additional focus on local environment issues.  They can report to us via our website, by email or by phone. There are no formal obligations to the role and volunteers can do as little or as much as they like. So even if you are working or out of the house during the day, it’s still a role you can do. They can report to us via our website, by email or by phone.

The idea has really struck a chord with Harrow residents. Twenty nine year old Krishna Tulsania has been a Neighbourhood Champion for almost two years. She said: “I’ve found the experience of being a Neighbourhood Champion inspiring and rewarding, and I learn something new every day. I’m a very busy person as I work with a lot of other charities in Harrow, but despite this I still find time to be a Neighbourhood Champion as it’s very easy to fit in around everything else. Whenever I’m out walking with my mum I keep an eye out for any problems that need reporting and post leaflets through doors. I’m really proud of where I live and I like working in my community. I like being a source of help to people and it’s good to know that I can now knock of my neighbour’s doors to let them know where they can report problems or how avoid burglaries. I really hope that more people feel inspired to become a Neighbourhood Champion. Anything you can do to make a difference to your community is worth it.”

 

Harrow Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Safety, Councillor Phillip O’Dell, added: “I would urge everyone in Harrow to become a Neighbourhood Champion. Ideally we would like to have one Neighbourhood Champion for every street in Harrow to help us keep Harrow clean, green and safe. Our Neighbourhood Champions are incredibly valued – they are the eyes and ears of our community and their input is incredibly important to us. Harrow has a long tradition of community pride coupled with a strong active citizenship base which is one of our greatest strengths.”

Sign up to become a Neighbourhood Champion in your area. Visit www.harrow.gov.uk/ncsignup or call 020 8901 2666 for more information

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