Instructions for use

This space provides a place for staff, Members, contractors and visitors to County Hall to go when they need time to meditate, worship or contemplate.

This space is NOT available as a quiet or confidential meeting room. People wishing to discuss problems / private issues with another should seek alternative accommodation.

If you have questions or comments about the room please contact the Lead Officer for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Please observe these instructions for use

  • Users can adjust the furniture but must return the room to its original state after use.
  • Unless booked for collective prayer or meditation, the room will be a silent area. Please switch off mobile phones, pagers and personal stereos etc.
  • Keep the room clean and tidy.
  • Remove your shoes (a shoe rack is available).
  • Ensure that any religious artefacts are removed following use.
  • Do not leave posters or leaflets in the space; use the designated wall space in the entrance area.
  • Do not take food or drink into the space.
  • Respect those who may be praying (for example, don’t walk across someone in an act of worship).

Staff can observe daily prayer in DCC buildings as part of their working hours and do not need to obtain permission from their line manager.

To book

  • Room booking should be done online via your Outlook – as you would make a normal appointment and book a room. The room is called: ‘Exeter, County Hall – Room Quietspace’. Visitors to County Hall may ask Main Reception to make a booking on their behalf.
  • The room booking is for exclusive use. However if you do not mind other people using the room at the same time or you wish to hold collective prayer then please state in your room booking subject line ‘Shared Use Welcome’. If you wish to share this space for collective prayer that is religion or belief specific only then please state the religion or belief in the subject line also.
  • Collective use may be for a maximum period of half an hour and involve a maximum of six people.
  • 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.