Much of this is provided through extra training for volunteers on how they might assist authorities, like the council, police or fire brigade in the event of an emergency. For example, one of the first training sessions was on flooding – large parts of Wandsworth are in flood risk areas. The training taught volunteers some basics which would help them safely tackle floods – meaning they could help out their neighbours and take some of the pressure off emergency services.
Pandemic training has already been offered, but in light of the small outbreak of swine flu, and potential for it to resurface later in the year, the primary care trust – NHS Wandsworth – are offering another couple of sessions on pandemics. This time they are open to any Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, and not just those who have previously volunteered for the additional training.
The first session is next Thursday, 14 May at the Salvation Army Citadel on Ram Street, Wandsworth SW18 starting at 7pm. A further meeting will be organised in June. Any Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator is welcome to attend.