With the help of Allcooper, the Gloucester Neighbourhood Watch Association has launched its revamped community newsletter, just months after being faced with having to stop its production for good.
Neighbourhood Watch is the UK's largest and most recognised voluntary movement. Britain's first scheme was set up in 1982 and since then, it has evolved from a collection of local schemes into a wider, national network. Its aim is to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen.
Gloucester's own Neighbourhood Watch scheme was established over 20 years ago and is dedicated to keeping residents informed with advice on how to reduce crime where they live. Their seasonal newsletter, Cascade, is distributed to over 14,500 Gloucester homes by a dedicated team of 450 volunteers and Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators. Each issue of Cascade includes important advice on fighting crime, updates from Police representatives and useful crime and safety-related contact numbers.
Finding sufficient funding to cover Cascade's printing and distribution costs continued to be a challenge for the Association's committee members, who until recently, had reluctantly considered bringing it to an end. However, with the help and guidance of its long-standing supporters, Cascade has been given a new lease of life.
As main sponsors of Cascade, Allcooper are pleased to continue to offer our backing, which ensures the Association can continue production. We have also helped to significantly reduce printing costs and completely refresh the newsletter's design, which we hope will be well-received by readers.
Commenting on the launch of the new Cascade, Tony Symonds said: "Allcooper have been supporting Cascade for many years offering readers advice and special offers on home security systems. As a business focused on keeping our customers and their homes safe, we strongly endorse the work of Neighbourhood Watch. When we heard the concerns surrounding the future of Cascade, we weren't prepared to sit back and witness such a valuable community initiative come to an end. We wanted to do everything we could do to help."
Further funding for Cascade is provided by the City's Crime Prevention Partnership, Safer Gloucester.
Gloucester Neighbourhood Watch Association Chairman, Paul Finch explained: "Neighbourhood Watch is just one part of a group of organisations that together, work towards a safer Gloucester. These include Gloucestershire Police and Safer Gloucester. Our volunteers are very grateful for the support of these organisations together with Allcooper, without whom Cascade could not be published and distributed to all our members."
Click here to visit the Gloucester Neighbourhood Watch website