Neighbourhood Action Groups
Neighbourhood Action Groups (NAGs) are a key part of Neighbourhood Policing in Thames Valley.
A NAG is a multi-agency, problem-solving group that consists of relevant partner agencies, key stakeholders and, most importantly, members of the local community.
NAGs focus their work around the main priorities that are identified after consultation with the local community. Members, who are all volunteers, take on responsibility for achieving certain tasks on behalf of their neighbourhood.
How do I get involved?
For more information about getting involved in your local NAG, please call 101, the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number. Ask to speak to a representative from your local Neighbourhood Policing team. Or you can enquire about joining your local NAG by visiting your local police station.
Who can get involved in a NAG?
NAGs attract a broad and diverse membership with a variety of skills and experience. The following partners will be considered to sit on a NAG:
- Local Authority/District Council representative.
- Youth service.
- Housing manager.
- Environmental officer.
- Parish councillor.
- Local Authority/Council councillor.
- Local business community member.
- Neighbourhood Watch coordinator.
- Police (neighbourhood inspector, sergeant, constable, police community support officer).
- Neighbourhood members (minimum of three) – people known and respected by the local community.
- A minimum of two young people, aged between 14 and 16.
- Consideration should be given to invite a specialist agency to tackle specific problems – fly tipping, for example.
Administrative, practical and communication skills are all highly valued. Under-represented groups, such as young people and people who are disabled, are encouraged to join.
People who represent others can also bring a lot to a NAG. For example, a member of a residents’ association or church can put across the views of this organisation.
What’s in it for me?
There are several benefits to you in getting involved in your local NAG. As a member of your NAG, you can:
- Influence decisions and encourage action on issues that matter to people in your neighbourhood.
- Have chances to change things for the better in your neighbourhood.
- Gain a sense of satisfaction in making a difference to local quality of life.
- Add something valuable to your CV – working as part of your NAG can demonstrate lots of skills to a prospective employer.
- Work together with key partner agencies.
Specific Issue Action Group
Some neighbourhoods do not have a Neighbourhood Action Group. However, they may have a Specific Issue Action Group.
In some areas, particularly larger rural areas or neighbourhoods that have very distinct communities within an area, Specific Issue Actions Groups can be established to deal with more localised issues in a multi-agency task and resolve process.
Specific Issue Action Groups are made up of key stakeholders and local residents. It would be temporary in nature, being disbanded once an issue is resolved.
To find out if there is a Specific Issue Action Group in your neighbourhood, please call 101, the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number and ask to speak to a representative from your local Neighbourhood Policing team.