Dotty Voting

Good for...

  • Identifying how something might change
  • Deciding what might be needed for a project/new role
  • Helping a group listen to each other's opinions/ideas and come to a concensus

You will require 

  • Flip chart/large sheets of paper 
  • 3 sheets of A5 paper per group
  • Pens 
  • Sticky dots in various colours or shapes

What to do

  • Together with the group, introduce a general discussion on the chosen subject (see below for suggestions).
  • Record all the responses on flip chart paper.
  • Divide into smaller groups and give each group 3 sheets of A5 paper.
  • Ask each group to agree their top three thoughts/ideas which came from the discussion. Write one on each sheet of paper.
  • Display all the sheets of paper, merging similar responses and duplications. Allow a little time for discussion/questions/clarification.
  • Give each child/young person three coloured dots.
  • Invite the children/young people to walk around the room and vote for their top three ideas using the sticky dots.
  • Identify the cards which represent the top three thoughts/ideas.
  • Have the children/young people prepare a way of presenting their thoughts/ideas to the PCC/church leaders/other stakeholders
  • Reflect - what have you learned? How might that feed in to what you (or the church) do? Who can help things to change?

Suggested topics

  • Church
  • Issues in the community
  • Worship 
  • Their youth / children's group 
  • The church building 
  • Appointing a children's/youth worker

Do it differently

Bring adults and younger people together. Have a short talk to introduce the topic (eg why we are thinking about our church building; building links with our local school), then follow as above.

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