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Join Neighbourhood Watch

Work with police to reduce crime.

What it's about

  • Reducing crime opportunities
  • People looking out for each other
  • Linking residents with the police

Get started

You will need to:

  • Get your neighbours interested
  • Choose a co-ordinator (a co-ordinator talks with police and encourages participation)
  • Visit www.ourwatch.org.uk to find out who your local Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator is and how to set up your own group.

Nominate a project for Community Payback

Community payback is a punishment given to offenders as part of their sentence.

Offenders literally pay back the community by carrying out hard, physical work.

The work can be:

  • Building maintenance
  • Graffiti removal
  • Improvements to park and community facilities.
  • Street clean-ups

Make a nomination

If there is somewhere in your area that needs improving, tell us.

  • Phone Oldham Community Payback Unit on 0161 620 4421.

Volunteer for Victim Support

The work of volunteers is extremely important to the victims and witnesses of crime.

As a volunteer you could:

  • Work with victims in your community
  • Support witnesses at court
  • Help in lots of other ways (like with IT systems, administration, or fundraising)

You don’t need qualifications or previous experience to volunteer for Victim Support. All you need is a willingness to help and a little time.

Become a magistrate

Magistrates are volunteers who deal with around 95 per cent of all criminal cases in England and Wales.

Work with young people involved in criminal behaviour

  • Youth offender panels - help decide on appropriate interventions
  • Mentoring
  • Appropriate adult volunteer scheme

Contact the Oldham Youth Offending Service on 0161 621 9500.