What is the Contemplation and Prayer Room?
As part of our commitment to employee care, we have a Contemplation and Prayer Room at County Hall. The room has been available since May 2006.
A number of employees at County Hall have expressed the need to find space that can be used for contemplation and prayer. It has become increasingly difficult to find personal space during the working day as pressure on accommodation has increased and more offices have become open plan.
A survey highlighted that some staff would welcome a quiet space that can be used for meditation, worship or contemplation including at times of bereavement. It is hoped that the facility will help to reduce stress and enhance well being.
Where is the room and what is it like?
The room is on the lower ground floor of the Annexe, next to room B14. The room is clearly marked by a sign. A maximum of six people can use the room at any one time to comply with health and safety requirements and to maximise personal comfort. The room is simply furnished and decorated. A compass has been placed in the room for those who wish to use it to assist prayer. Toilet facilities are located along the corridor.
The room is partly accessible to disabled people. Personal assistance is available on request from County Hall Main Reception and the Annexe Reception. Accessible toilet facilities are available in the main building.
What can the room be used for and does it need to be booked?
We have developed instructions for use to help make the best use of the facility. Booking arrangements are included. Everyone using the room must follow the instructions.
A sign outside the room will indicate whether it’s vacant, part vacant (occupied by 5 people or fewer) or full (6 people). Users should adjust the sign when they enter or exit the room.
The room is part of the Emergency Planning suite of rooms and may need to be taken out of use temporarily in the event of an emergency.
How will we know if the room is being used and how can users make their views known?
Monitoring will be carried out and this will be done in a variety of ways. A visitors book has been placed in the room to enable people to leave comments, anonymously if desired, and with an option to describe the reason for the visit and to suggest changes/improvements. If preferred, comments can be emailed to the corporate equality officer. Bookings made via the Outlook calendar will also be monitored.