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New ideas for Lounge

Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:13:04

Lounge users

Earlier in the year, The Lounge café and youth project started the Alvechurch Community Survey, writes manager Sarah James.

The idea was to understand clearly what the community wanted us to do for them, and how to grow The Lounge.

The results are in, and we are grateful to Dagmara, Sarah and the team for their efforts in helping us to understand our future direction.

The great number of people who told us what they thought means that we can have confidence in the support of the community.
From a great variety of requests, the top findings were as follows:

*  An overwhelming support for our existing youth activity and a strong interest in developing inter-generational activities in the village. 

*  Older generations were particularly vocal in requesting more inclusive events as well as expanding their own offerings, particularly around Citizens Advice Bureau information, food and nutrition, and support for computer usage.

*  People asked for additional opening options for the community cafe, such as later opening or Sunday opening. People made special mention of the pop-up cuisine evening events that we ran in 2017.

* Creative activities, crafts and games would be welcomed by all ages, particularly using the premises on a Monday.

  Now we have an idea of which requests would be appreciated by the community and how we might be able to achieve them. 

However, to make them a reality, we will need to be successful in gaining additional external funding. Helping us to continue our existing work and delivering the new requests will need additional volunteer support from within the community.

If you think that you have the skills or time that could help us either on a one-off or a longer-term basis, let us know via Facebook or just pop in to The Lounge, and together we can quickly realise the new projects for the whole population of Alvechurch.

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