Lobby Project

Thank you to everyone who took part in our survey about the lobby: what it’s used for, likes and dislikes and priorities for improvement.  We had 57 responses in all, including from groups that hire our hall and from those who take part in many of the activities we run such as Messy Church, Lunch Club and Smarties.

Activity in the lobby

It was interesting to learn about all the varied activities that take place in the lobby: we need to take this into account when planning improvements. The lobby is used primarily as a passageway. Here coats can be hung up and welcoming, greeting and chatting takes place. Planned activities, usually including taking a register, also feature highly. These include Messy Church, Smarties, and Edge activities. Non-church activities mentioned include Brownies, play group, guides and ballet lessons.

Passing through……….47
Hanging coats……….31
Welcoming others……….24
Chance encounters……….29
Planned activity……….24
Taking a register……….10
Waiting to collect……….11
Being collected……….6

Priorities for Change

We asked, “From the things that you would like to see changed or be added what are the three most important to you?”
Seating, decorations and toilets are the three highest priorities for improvement. These are followed by a number of items quite closely scored: improvements to flooring, the main doors into the lobby and between the lobby and the church. Two separate but related items were given in the suggested priority list for the question: video relay from the church and sound relay from the church. The video link was marginally preferred, 9:7. Add the two items together and it becomes a higher priority. Three priority areas concerned the toilets: refurbishment of the ladies toilets, access and refurbishment of the toilet for the disabled and a general statement about toilet refurbishing. When these are these have been added together, refurbishment of toilets becomes a third most important priority. (See Appendix 1 for the complete priority list)

Seating……….29
Decorations……….26
Toilets (total)……….22
Flooring……….18
Access to church……….15
Relays (total)……….16
Entrance doors……….12
Lighting……….9

What next?

The lobby project team will take these results into account when planning what to do.  We may not be able to do everything within the agreed budget in which case there will be hard choices to be made!  The concerns about the general use toilets are outside the remit of the lobby project team but we will be passing on the findings of the survey  to the Stewardship group and talking to them to see if there might be opportunities for a joint way forward.

To view the Lobby Survey Report please click on the link Lobby Survey Report.

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