Greenwich Neighbourhood Watch has been awarded funding to ensure a better future for the borough.

The money will go towards an ongoing number of projects aimed to enhance the community and make a positive difference.

Projects include, helping make the elderly and vulnerable members of society more aware of ways in which to report crimes in the area.

As well as this, Greenwich Neighbourhood Watch Network (GNWN) wants to build a strong community base to help children make the right choices.

The chairwoman of GNWN, Cheryl Spruce, told News Shopper: "I would like to see Greenwich become a stronger and safer place, after all my children grow up here, as does many others.

"To do this we need to start from within. Start at the bottom and work up. There is a saying that says “It takes a village to raise a child”.

Cheryl said that we should all be working together to raise children to make positive decisions and catch them when they fall.

She said: "Neighbourhood Watch is all about knowing who your neighbours are, being neighbourly and being active in your community. Three very simple things to achieve."

The project is funded by TSB and distributed via the Met Police and is a joint partnership between Greenwich Trading Standards and Community Safety Team and Greenwich Neighbourhood Watch Network.

Cheryl said: "We felt that older people had a huge mistrust of young people. So what could we do?

"We decided that Police Cadets would be able to help deliver this and that we would train them to act as advisors/trainers and help us train the elderly. All this over a cup of tea and chat."

Knife crime is rife at the moment and people are needlessly dying every single day because of it, GNWN wants to help change this.

One of GNWN's initiatives is delivering Knife Awareness sessions in primary schools.

They have already held sessions at Mulgrave, St Mary Magdalene and Windrush.

They tell the children what to do if they see a knife whilst out playing and what to do.

Cheryl continued: "We feel that making sure our children know the dangers and what to do makes our children confident to do the right thing.

"It’s so important to give our community the right tools to keep us safe and we have volunteers who are ordinary residents who make the decision to turn their road, building or place they work into a safer place by involving the community and encourage them to look out for each other and take precautions to keep their properties safer.

"We all have a responsibility to make the place where we live a stronger and safer place and we cannot do it alone.

“No one can do everything but everyone can do something”