Key Roles Explained

Please read through our key roles material:

1. The welfare coordinator’s role

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If you’re reading this, you have very likely taken on the job of being the Welfare Coordinator for your Street Association. If so, you have arguably taken on the most rewarding role there is in the Association.

The reason for this is that the ultimate purpose of a Street Association is to help people – and you have the privilege of finding out who needs help and encouraging others to do something about it.

2. The social secretary’s role

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If you’ve taken on this role, well done! It will make a huge contribution to the life of the street if it’s done with energy and enthusiasm.

The first thing to bear in mind is that there is a purpose to all this – not just to have fun (which certainly is part of the purpose), but also to create the conditions in which people can get to know one-another, become friends and make the street a place of ‘belonging’. Also, this is an opportunity to ‘prise’ some people out of their loneliness (if they’ll let you), personally encouraging them to come to this and that – even saying “I’ll come and pick you up – we can go together”. That can be a wonderful thing to do – and you can gradually build a team of people who are able to help others in this way.

3. The communications coordinator’s role

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This is a key role, because none of the others will work without it!

Basically, your job is to make sure everyone in the street is aware of what is going on, feeding into what is going on and enjoying the flow of communication that makes a community feel like a community.

4. The chair’s role

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The chair has five key roles.

The first is as chairman and convener of the core group. It’s your job to call the first meeting and thereafter keep the meetings happening, keep things moving – getting the core group as a whole to discuss ideas and then making sure that members who say they’ll do something actually do it!

5. The treasurer’s role

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If it were just about money, this role would be very small indeed!

Let’s look at money matters first. It is up to you, for example, whether you (say) put on a barbecue and supply all the food and charge £1 a head for those who come, or whether you charge nothing and get everyone to bring their own food, or have a ‘bring and share’ style of meal. Each Association will have to feel their own way about how to handle money issues.

6. The neighbourhood watch coordinator’s role

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Neighbourhood Watch is really well-known and for decades it has been helping to make thousands of UK streets safer and better places to live. Now you can get the benefit of the same sense of security, including police resources, information and contacts, as part of your Street Association, due to a new partnership between the Street Association initiative and Neighbourhood Watch (also known as Home Watch) at the national level. You can also get free public liability insurance for most Street Association activities (though not, say, for potentially dangerous ones such as fireworks displays) by registering as an NW group.