In the next few weeks we will be conducting a survey of local opinion to help us develop our local mission. The survey will give us more information on what people who live or work around St Philip’s think about the local area and our church.
The survey will ask:
- about the individual and whether they live or work in the neighbourhood,
- how they view the community and what they identify as the main problems,
- what they think of the local services,
- what their relationship is with the church, if any,
- what kind of activities they think that the church should host at St Philip’s,
- what sort of networks they have in the local community; and
- if they are interested in volunteering.
We hope to get from this a snapshot of how the local community views itself and its needs and how it views St Philip’s. This in turn will contribute to achieving our goals of making the church’s activities and our building more accessible to our local community; and making a visible contribution to our local community and the wider world. We will use the results of the survey to help us plan the use of the church’s resources and also, if appropriate, to support applications for funds to fill some of the gaps identified by the survey.
We have a small grant from the Big Lottery Fund to support the survey which will be carried out by David Axford and Sandra Crouch who have carried out similar surveys for other London parishes including St John’s, Hoxton. We are currently looking for volunteers over the age of 18 years who would like to join David and Sandra. We already have a few names and training will be given before the survey begins. There is a small fee per questionnaire completed and David says he is happy to provide references for volunteers and an item for their CV. If you are interested you should email Peter Burney on firstname.lastname@example.org.