What would you like to see in Pattingham?
This is an extract from the report presented to the PCC by the Outreach and Growth Informal Working Group.
Analysis of responses
A questionnaire was compiled by the O & G IWG in May 2021, following discussions, and in conjunction with, St Chad’s School Headmistress, and sent out on 27th May to over 150 households with children at St Chad’s School, the High School and the three middle schools of Perton, Codsall and Bilbrook. It was also posted on the Pattingham Today and Pattingham Friends Facebook pages.
41 responses were received, which at a 27% return is considered to be above average for this type of questionnaire. A detailed analysis of all the varied responses is ongoing, however a summary of the first analysis carried out by TA and HI follows, which gives the main common responses both numerically and as a percentage of the overall number of responses received. There are some suggestions, made by fewer than 3 people, which may well be worth considering as we go forward, but it was felt important to signal the trend identified from the answers given by the greater number of respondees. Some responses were clearly not within our power to grant ( eg Doctor’s surgery, train station, Wetherspoons pub, outdoor swimming pool ) although some may merit discussion with the Parish Council/other village organisations.
- What opportunities would you like available in the village for teenagers and adults?
- 13 ( 31.7% ) opted for a Youth Group and a safe place to speak to adults
- 5 ( 12.2% ) wished to see Adult education in the village
- 4 ( 9.8% ) would like village Sports Clubs, eg Football, Tennis
- 3 ( 7.3% ) wish to see a Saturday bus to Bridgnorth
- 3 ( 7.3% ) suggested a BMX Trail
- 3 ( 7.3% ) indicated nothing was needed
- What particular opportunities and activities do you feel are currently missing for the young children of Pattingham?
- 9 ( 22.0% ) suggested eg Sports Clubs, holiday clubs, play schemes, social opportunities, dance classes.
- 8 ( 19.5% ) once again mentioned Youth Group and a safe place to speak to adults.
- 4 ( 9.8% ) Scouts and Guides, Brownies and D of E Scheme
- 4 ( 9.8% ) a teenage meeting place
- 4 (9.8% ) a Youth Café/Chippy
- 3 ( 7.3% ) once again a BMX trail
- How do you think it can be ensured that those needing help and support receive it? Could the Church play a more prominent role, and if so, what are your ideas?
- 13 ( 31.7% ) improved/coordinated advertising of what specific help is available.
- 12 ( 29.3% ) nothing is needed
- 5 ( 12.2% ) indicated a community action hub coordinating village response to specific needs
- 4 ( 9.8% ) support groups for eg grief, mental health, dementia, serious illness
- 4 ( 9.8% ) link to Pattingham Friends who were very proactive at the start of the pandemic lockdown.
- Would you attend village events such as a “Picnic in the Park”?
Out of a total of 28 responses:
- 21 ( 51.2% ) responded positively
- 7 ( 17.0% ) felt that no such events were needed
- 13 declined to respond
- What other events would you suggest?
- 13 ( 31.7% ) more Festivals, eg Scarecrow, Fete, Christmas Tree, Bells Run.
- 7 ( (17.0% ) mentioned Fun Day, Music Festival, Pantomime
- 4 ( 9.8% ) concentrated on Sports Club events, football, tennis
- 3 ( 7.3% ) suggested a Farmer’s market
- 8 ( 19.5% ) declined to respond
- Do you have any suggestions to make the Church more relevant or accessible to you?
- 5 ( 12.2% ) family events eg movie nights, picnics
- 4 ( 9.8% ) suggested services more appealing to families and the young
- 15 ( 36.6% ) nothing needed/ declined to comment
There was predictably a wide scatter of responses. Important here perhaps to mention a few:
- Sing-a-longs, not necessarily religious
- More up-beat, less traditional services, need to modernise
- Use the church to host other events, social, craft, music & drama, film show
- Make the Church the centre village life
- First time joiner sessions
- Stronger on-line presence
- If pastoral roles were further developed in Pattingham, how would you see these working?
- 5 ( 12.2% ) suggested creation of support and social groups
- 4 ( 9.8% ) suggested a Community worker
- 3 ( 7.3% ) suggested skill sharing/exchange ( eg gardening in exchange for cakes )
- 19 ( 46.3% ) declined to comment
Again a wide scatter of other responses:
- More visits to elderly/ lonely people
- Social prescribing, encouraging people with skills to teach others ( sewing, knitting, gardening, singing……. )
- Revival of the over 50’s Club
- The Church is keen to develop new ways of working. Do you know of anyone who would be able to help with social media?
- 33 ( 80.5% ) declined to comment
- 8 ( 19.5% ) gave a response
- If yes, whom would you recommend?
- The names given by the 8 above are held by TA
- If money was no object, what additional resource would you like to see in the village?
Overall there was a poor response here. Individual suggestions included:
- Village mini-bus
- Sensory Garden
- Youth Centre
- Pattingham tidy-up/litter-picking
- Something specifically for girls – website mentioned http://makespaceforgirls.co.uk
- If you would like to be involved, or are keen to help in any way, please provide your name and contact details
- 7 people ( 17.1% ) made positive offers ( TA has names )
O & G IWG
6th October 2021