YOU could help shape the way the council responds to the pandemic by having your say in the form of a diary which closes at the end of this week.

Council bosses want to hear about how the pandemic has affected residents across the borough, both mentally and physically.

The information gathered will help shape future health and social care plans.

Anyone wanting to take part in the survey is asked to complete an 'day in the life' diary entry which can be submitted online or via post.

The diary will provide the council with a snapshot in time which will illustrate the health and wellbeing of Barnsley residents throughout the pandemic.

Director of public health, Julia Burrows said: “The past eight months have had an enormous impact on us all, how we live, how we work, how we travel, and most of all, how we feel.

“Myself, the team I work with and our wider partners would like to get a better understanding of how it has affected you, your family and your friends.

“We’re all experiencing and coping with the effects of Covid-19 differently, which may be having a toll on our physical and mental health.

“The pandemic will continue to affect us in many ways, and we’ve all had to find a new ‘normal’ in our everyday lives which has presented significant challenges. I would really like to know more about what those challenges are by asking you to complete a survey.”

The deadline for the survey is Friday, November 20.

To enter via post, send your entry to Freepost BMBC PUBLIC HEALTH, to enter online click here.