Collecting preferences and demographics data from the residents is one of our objectives when we align like minded volunteers from the community. These demographics data were then analysed and further follow up assistance was given to needy residents. We conduct block visits, street interviews and random polls to collect a sampling statistics. Today was no different. A group of volunteers from our society met up with Queenstown residents in Stirling Road to understand their concerns better.
We gathered bottles of drinking water from the Fair Price supermarket, knowing that it was going to be a long day ahead speaking to the residents. We distributed the leaflets among volunteers so that everyone had sufficient copies of the English and Chinese Version. Then, we took to the lift to the topmost level. We started our interviews in pairs. One of them would knock onto the door and asked various questions. Another would jot down the information and concerns highlighted.
It took us around 5 hours to cover a ten storey block in Stirling Road. The tiresome flight of stairs made our legs numbed. One of the first thing we did after completing the interview was gluing our butts onto the stone tables located at the void deck. We scribbled down comments given by the residents to improve our interviews while gulping down bottles of water to quench our thirst. It was a hot and sunny day after all!
I took back the list of interviews and collated them in a spreadsheet at home. It was really tiring but we knew we are getting important information to assist the residents =)