Celebrate your neighbours and safer communities with Big Virtual Lunch this weekend

Published: Friday, June 5, 2020

Wandsworth residents are encouraged to build on the community spirit of lockdown and join Wandsworth Council in celebrating Neighbourhood Watch week by joining the UK’s Big Virtual Lunch this weekend.

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The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual thanksgiving weekend for neighbours and communities, led by the Eden Project. It has been adopted by Neighbourhood Watch to kick-off its annual Neighbourhood Watch Week, 7-13 June, to highlight the importance of strong neighbourly bonds to ensure the safety of neighbourhoods and communities.

2020 will see the first virtual Big Lunch, in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidance. Wandsworth Council is encouraging residents to get involved from their doorsteps, by having a picnic at the same time as neighbours, or toasting neighbours, or creating an area where people can write messages - it could be with chalk on a wall or the pavement, or on a large sheet of paper or cardboard.

During Neighbourhood Watch week, the council is encouraging residents to think about safety in their communities. People wishing to play an active role in community safety can sign-up to the council and the local police’s Neighbourhood Watch communications platform OWL (Online Watch Link).

Cllr Jonathan Cook, Deputy Leader of Wandsworth Council and Chair of the Wandsworth Safer Neighbourhood Board, said: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, Wandsworth has seen its neighbourhoods and communities come together to support each other in an unprecedented way.

“As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, the UK will celebrate Neighbourhood Watch Week. It is a chance to celebrate these stronger communities, but also a reminder for households to think about the role they can play in their personal safety, the safety of their homes and possessions, and the safety of their neighbours.

OWL supports the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme by bringing together critical crime, public health and safety information into one place and sharing real-time updates with members.

I would encourage all residents to get involved in celebrating their communities this weekend and sign-up to OWL to receive important news about crime and safety in their area.”

New OWL members will be added to a watch of the 50 or so nearest homes so they can receive localised information as well as essential borough or London-wide information (such as policing updates, council community safety updates, scam alerts, COVID-19 advice, crime prevention advice and domestic abuse information). If they choose, members can also report crimes and issues in their areas and respond to alerts with new intelligence.

See more information about the Virtual Big Lunch

Sign up to OWL