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Second Aberdeenshire-wide survey to seek views on the impact of Covid-19 on local communities


By David Porter

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The second phase of a survey looking at the impact of Covid-19 on Aberdeenshire communities is now seeking comments from residents of the area.

Views are being sought on the effects of the pandemic over the past six months – a period that saw the country move into a second lockdown and more recently the introduction of a ‘levels’ system of restrictions.

The feedback will form part of a ‘community impact assessment’ to help the council and community planning partners gain a better understanding of the many different experiences of people across Aberdeenshire.

The first survey, conducted in August last year, saw people comment on how Covid-19 had affected their jobs, education and safety in their communities since the lockdown in March 2020, as well as sharing details of their lifestyle, fitness habits and wellbeing.

This second phase of the study will enable further understanding of the ongoing impact and any new or emerging issues, new challenges, and changes to individual and community priorities.

Council leader Andy Kille
Council leader Andy Kille

Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Andy Kille said: “The first survey gave us a good impression of the early impacts of Covid-19 on our communities, and as we continue to live through the pandemic it is important that we look at the ongoing effects.

“So much has changed over the last few months, and we are keen to learn how people have adjusted, and continue to adjust, to the changing circumstances.

"In particular, we’re keen to hear from a greater percentage of men, our younger residents, and those who have settled in Aberdeenshire from other parts of the UK and abroad.”

Deputy leader, councillor Peter Argyle said: “The more information we can gather will give us a better picture of how individual communities have been impacted, so I would encourage everybody to share their thoughts over the coming month.

“With the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine and the gradual reduction of restrictions things are looking more positive but we want to build a complete picture of how people have been affected at each stage of the pandemic.”

The survey can be found at https://engage.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/cia and is open until Monday, July 5.

The survey should take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete.

As well as the survey itself, there be discussions involving local groups such as community councils, business/traders associations, charitable organisations and resilience groups, as well as others.

Those seeking additional information, or for a copy of the survey in a different format, should email customer.services@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or call 03456 08 12 08.


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