09 March 2016

  • Partnerships aims to set up 30,000 new schemes

The Co-operative Insurance has announced it has become a primary sponsor of Neighbourhood Watch for 2016.

The sponsorship agreement between the insurer and the UK’s largest voluntary movement will initially last 12 months.  It will see the organisations working together to achieve their common goals of bringing neighbourhoods together to create stronger relationships and promote safety among communities, giving individuals greater peace of mind.

The two groups are also calling for new Neighbourhood Watch members from all walks of life and are aiming to set up 30,000 new schemes following a Neighbourhood Watch brand refresh in 2016 which sees updates to its iconic logo.  Neighbourhood Watch has more than 173,000 coordinators, covering 3.8 million households across England and Wales while The Co-operative organisation overall has almost five million across the UK. 

As part of the sponsorship agreement, The Co-operative Insurance will also distribute new window stickers to members and provide local co-ordinators and members with important resources to enable them to access useful information more readily and to help them carry out their roles in the community more effectively.

Mark Summerfield, CEO of The Co-operative Insurance, said:

“As part of the Co-operative, our purpose is to champion a better way of doing business that helps to strengthen communities.  Teaming up with Neighbourhood Watch gives us a great opportunity to work with a voluntary organisation with a vision that fits with our own and has aspirations to ensure people feel safe in the place where they live.  The scale of our two groups combined gives us the potential to reach out to a huge part of society to help make this possible.”

Lynn Farrar, Vice-Chair of the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network, said:

“We are delighted to work with the Co-operative Insurance to help ensure communities are safe and secure. However, we are not in every community and we need volunteers to come forward to help us.  Being a coordinator is a very rewarding role which is flexible and can fit around other commitments including work and family responsibilities. With the new window stickers and resources, it really does help communities come together to look out for one another.”

For more information about joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme visit: http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/

Jenna Moss
Press and Media Relations Manager
0161 767 4354 / 07770 441 828

About The Co-operative Insurance

The Co-operative Insurance is a UK-based General Insurer that operates principally within the personal lines segments of the Motor and Home Insurance markets. The Co-operative Insurance underwrites the majority of business written, supplemented with some small lines of business where The Co-operative Insurance acts as a distributor or has a 100% reinsurance arrangement in place.

With more than 1m customers, The Co-operative Insurance is committed to ‘Doing the Right thing’ and always strives to treat customers and members fairly. The Co-operative Insurance pioneered the way in lowering the insurance premiums of Young Drivers as the first major insurer to launch a pay how you drive telematics insurance product for young drivers in 2011. Since launching the scheme, The Co-operative Insurance has saved its young drivers more than £7.2 million in their first year of driving.

About Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch is the largest volunteer crime prevention movement in the UK with 3.8 million household as members across England and Wales.  The movement was established 33 years ago and is a ‘good neighbour scheme’ where neighbours look out for each other to help protect themselves from being a victim of crime. Traditionally the movement has focused on traditional acquisitive crime such as burglary and car crime, but volunteers have turned their attentions to cyber- crime and fraud. Independent research shows that Neighbourhood Watch can reduce crime by up to 26%.

The Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network is the national charity which acts as the voice of the movement across England and Wales. The charity is supported by the Home Office and works closely with national policing and community organisations, alongside supporting the wider membership.