Milestones and Achievements



“2018 – OWL Cymru winner in 2018 Welsh enterprise awards category ‘Best Community Engagement and Crime Reduction Initiative.’




Bradley, a teenager from Connah’s Quay and OWL volunteer, has been included in this year’s prestigious Diana Awards Roll of Honour. The award, established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-18 can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.

Denise Edwards, Chief Executive, OWL Cymru, says; 

“Bradley presented himself to OWL Cymru as a work placement from Hawarden High School. After completing his work experience, Bradley chose to continue to be a crime prevention cadet with OWL Cymru, volunteering at community events, safety campaigns and actively working within the team of fundraising volunteers. He was also involved in raising funds for our Doorstep Crime Awareness Campaigns which help keep older and vulnerable people safe from bogus callers and rogue traders.” 

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive, The Diana Award, says; 

“We congratulate all our new Diana Award Holders who are positive trailblazers for their generation. We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens, creating a positive ripple effect across communities in the UK and the world. At the Diana Award we value and invest in young people encouraging them to continue to make positive change in their communities and lives of others.” 

Award Holders have been put forward by adults who know the young people in a professional capacity and recognized their efforts as a positive contribution to society. Through a rigorous nomination process, these nominators had to demonstrate the nominee’s impact in five key areas: Vision, Social impact, Inspiring Others, Youth Leadership and Service Journey. 

There are 13 Diana Award Judging Panels Representing each UK region or nation and a further two panels representing countries outside the UK. Each panel consist of four judges; Two Diana Award Holders, an education or youth work professional, and a business or government representative. The panels have an important main purpose: to determine which nominations from each UK region/nation will receive The Diana Award. 

Nominations are judged using the Criteria Guide and scoring Guide which have been created to measure quality of youth social action. 


Bradley in Action:

This involves 5 key areas – Vision, Social Impact, Inspiring Others, Youth Leadership and Service Journey. 



“2018 – Sheriff HUG winner of mascot dance competition.”   

Watch OWL Cymru’s Sheriff HUG in action at the dance competition, where Sheriff HUG won a medal for showing fitness and his cool dance moves that wowed the crowd as well. 


 “2018 – OWL Cymru Crime Prevention Mascots – are out and about in our Communities.” 

OWL Cymru mascot Sheriff HUG and OWLS Ollie, Lindt and Whisper during dance off competition on stage at community carnival.

The crowd cheers on Sheriff HUG who showed some fantastic moves, despite the hot weather. Well done Sheriff HUG. 




2018 – Preloved Homeless Bears.”

The Preloved homeless bears have been lovingly restored by the fundraising volunteers, who have also been busy knitting the outfits for them – as you can see in the images. More bears are also welcome, for more information please use our ‘Contact Us’ Page.

Preloved Homeless Bear                                Preloved Homeless Bear 

 “2018 – 10th Anniversary of the Ewloe Over Fifties Forum.” 

The Over Fifties Forum celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary in July. The group came together and had a party that afternoon in celebration. A Pre-loved homeless bear presentation was made and also a framed recognition of their successful 10 years. The Forum enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment, fun, food and a celebration cake. The group regularly meet up and hold various activities such as; bingo sessions, regular trips out and games afternoons. The Forum runs a successful watercolour class paintings of which has been included in numerous different exhibitions.  

“June 2018 – OWL EqualiTeas Event.”

OWL hosted an EqualiTeas event at their office. The event brought neighbours together for afternoon tea and cake and a chance to talk about Equality. It gave the neighbours a chance to get to know each and discuss equality in our society today. 



“May 2018 – Tenants conference.” 

The team held a stall at the FCC Tenants conference at Theatre Clwyd. 



“2018 – Bag packing and crime prevention.” 

The team held a bag packing and crime prevention stand at Morrisons in Connahs Quay. 



“2018 – Counterfeit currency notes.” 

Two of the OWL team members were at Mold market promoting awareness of counterfeit currency notes in circulation. 



“2018 – YKOPS and EqualiTeas.” 

OWL hosted a school visit from Ysgol Yr Esgob, involving the pupils with a range of activities one of which was a mock up crime scene. There were also talks about YKOPS, Neighbourhood Superheroes and EqualiTeas. 



“2018 – YKOPS Cubs Group – Flint.” 

OWL Cymru hosted a crime prevention workshop with Y-KOPS (Junior Neighbourhood Watch). 



“2018 – Doorstep crime, Ruthin.” 

The team held a talk on doorstep crime awareness to a group in Ruthin. 



“February 2018 – Tesco, Holywell.” 

The team held a bag packing and Safety and security event at Tesco in Holywell. 




“2018 – Asda, bag backing.” 

The team held a bag backing event in Asda, Wrexham on the 21st April 2018. 

Asda Wrexham - bag backing event.
Asda Wrexham – bag backing event.

“2018 – St. David’s Day.” 

The OWL Cymru team celebrate St. David’s Day in their own way at the OWL office. 

010318 Office St Davids Day 2
010318 Office St Davids Day 2

22.01.18 Happy Wales Memories with GovMatt
22.01.18 Happy Wales Memories with GovMatt



“2018 – Bag packing and team Safety and Security event at Tesco, Broughton.” 

The team hosted a bag packing event at Tesco in Broughton park. Sheriff HUG attended the event. 



“2018 – Crime Prevention shop at Morrisons Rhyl.”

The team hosted a Crime Prevention shop at Morrisons in Rhyl. The team had help from Sheriff HUG and mini cops. 




“2017 – Neighbourhood Superheroes.” 

“2012 – Awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award.”



“2012 – Y-KOPS.”

Youth Keeping Older People Safe Intergenerational Doorstep Crime Project. The purpose of this pilot project is to develop a kit which is aimed at bringing together Young & Older residents in Flintshire, helping older people to be safe, feel safer and reassured. 


“2009/10 – DYing to take the Call.”

Young people taking action by raising awareness, amongst young people in particular, of the issue of why not to use mobile phones in cars. This was part of a Media Studies Project at Mold Alun High School. 


“2009 – EcoYF-Factor.” 

Neighbourhood Environmental Project Delivery. Winner of the All Wales Award.


“2008 – FarmWatch.” 

Another FIRST in North Wales – where Cilcain Young Farmers, North Wales Police, Neighbourhood Watch and the late Brynle Williams (AM) came together to launch the first FarmWatch. The main aims are to reduce opportunities for crime and vandalism, strengthen community spirit, improve communication between farmers and the Police as well a as reducing the fear of crime.


“2008 – FootYF – Factor.” 

Flintshire’s Mini European Football Championship 2008″. 


“2007/08 – OWL (online watch link) formed.”

Set up as a crime prevention tool for the people and partnership organisations in Flintshire. Now a crime prevention tool enabled by the PCC for North Wales. No Cold Calling Watch Scheme established soon followed by School Watch (including School Security Group), Horse Watch and many others.


“1987  –  Beginnings of the Association”. 


“1984 – Neighbourhood Watch representatives get together.”

Local and regional groups formed and the Home Office set up first national umbrella organisation.


“1982 – First UK Watch Scheme.”

This was set up by our neighbours in Mollington, Cheshire. Many more schemes followed. 


“1964 – Born in the USA.”

The first Watch scheme was set up in Queens, New York as a community response to the murder of “Kitty Genovese”