Milestones and Achievements


OWL celebrated our birthday on April 2019 – 32 years old (started in Flintshire) helping and supporting our communities. A community tool for everyone that helps contribute to community resilience

Parc Jasmin Remembers

Saturday 6th October 2018. 


A community memorial tree planting ceremony took place in Parc Jasmin, Broughton, at which Lord Barry Jones along with MP Marc Tami joined local residents to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. The streets in Parc Jasmin are named after 7 servicemen from the Broughton area who were killed in action during this war. The memorial tree was planted in the park on Beeby Way (named after one of the servicemen – Alfred Beeby).
Parc Jasmin Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator and Event Organiser David Smith made a speech in which he paid tribute to the sacrifice made by these brave men.
The Armed Forces Covenant awarded Parc Jasmin a Neighbourhood Watch with 7 silhouettes, each one representing the Broughton servicemen. Several organisations were in attendance including OWL Cymru and Broughton & Bretton Community Council.

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

2018 Welsh enterprise award. Best community engagement and crime reduction initiative North East Wales. 


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 – Promoting Safer shopping, Halloween safety and more.”

The OWL team was at Morrisons in RHYL on the 7th of October promoting safer shopping, Halloween safety and more.                            

“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 enthralled 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 the dance off competition on stage at the 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                                         “2018 – 10th Anniversary of the Ewloe Over Fifties Forum.” 

The Over Fifties Forum celebrated its 10th Anniversary in July. The group came together and had a celebration party in the afternoon. A Pre-loved homeless bear presentation was made with a plaque recognising 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 painting class and their work has been shown in numerous exhibitions.  

“July 2018 – Doorstep crime clinic.”

The team hosted a doorstep crime event.                                                                                              

“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 other and discuss equality in our society today. 


“June 2018 – Doorstep Crime Clinic.” 

The OWL team presented a doorstep crime awareness event, along with a talk on Crime Watch News.      

 “May 2018 – Tenants Conference.” 

The team held a stall at the FCC Tenants conference at Theatr Clwyd, Mold. 


“2018 – Bag packing and crime prevention.” 

The team held a bag packing and crime prevention stand at Morrisons in Connah’s Quay.                               

“2018 – Doorstep crime pop up.” 

A talk on doorstep crime was given at the venue, as well as a crime prevention pop-up shop. 

“2018 – Counterfeit currency notes.” 

Two of the OWL team members were at Mold market promoting awareness of counterfeit currency notes that are 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). 

“April 2018 – Crime prevention talk, Abergele.” 

The team presented a crime prevention talk at Betws yn Rhos Village Hall near Abergele.”       Betws Yn Rhos Ladies WI group Door step crime                                       

“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.

“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 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”.