2011 AGM & Conf

Runnymede Neighbourhood Watch Conference and AGM

Thursday, 17thFebruary 6.30 -9.30 pm

Runnymede Council Offices, Addlestone

Conference February 2011

Our first AGM and conference was held in Runnymede Civic Offices in February 2011. There were about 50 co-ordinators and deputies from round the borough attending, staff from Safer Runnymede and several officers from the borough’s neighbourhood police team. To begin the evening there were several stands with information, eg Safer Runnymede, Age Concern, advice given about anti-social behaviour, parking issues, crime prevention etc. After a short AGM there were guest speakers talking about Trading Standards, the Mediation Service and Anti-Terrorism. We ended with a question and answer session to hear from the co-ordinators themselves.

The feedback questionnaires from the evening were extremely positive. Many co-ordinators were pleased to have the opportunity to meet others from the same area to begin networking with them. Many also commented on how useful and interesting the various talks were. There were several who commented on the range of information available to collect from the stands, which they had not seen previously. There was a consensus from the co-ordinators about wanting more time to communicate and discuss issues with each other during the next conference, as well as having a prompter start to proceedings.

We have taken all points raised on board in arranging our next conference (details). The evening will begin promptly at 7.00 pm and there will be an interval for tea, coffee and biscuits, with that time available to meet other co-ordinators.