Survey will help parish meet the needs of local community

Monday May 4th 2020

St Patrick’s, Cairncastle.

A survey which seeks to understand the needs of the local community is currently being carried out by the Parish of Kilwaughter and Cairncastle with All Saints’, Craigyhill.

Parishioners – and non-parishioners – have been invited to respond to an online survey, which curate-in-charge, the Rev Philip Benson, hopes will help the parish better meet the needs of the community.

Philip said: “Having been in the parish for over a year now, we have been able to get a lot of urgent matters resolved, much of which was ‘behind the scenes.’ Through much hard work, the task of administration and managing the parish has become considerably easier. We have also begun to see signs of new life and growth across the parish.”

Philip said that the plan this spring had been to continue to build on this foundation by exploring and reflecting on how best to reach out to the local community.

“The survey is designed to get a sense of people’s current perception and connection with the parish, the challenges they and their families face, as well as the local community in general,” Philip explained. “It then goes on to ask what we might be able to establish that would be of value and benefit to local people.”

To date the survey has received a great response from parishioners and non-parishioners alike. “The comments have been both positive and constructive,” Philip said. “Already we are beginning to understand the needs of the local communities and how we as a parish might be able to meet them in some way. It is proving to be a very productive use of time when we can’t do many of the things that normally.”

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