DIARY entries sent in by Barnsley residents have revealed that the coronavirus pandemic has allowed them to slow down and appreciate life.

Council bosses have released the findings from an initiative run earlier this year where they asked residents to write a diary entry about their lives since the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The results revealed that some positives to come out of lockdown was that residents were able to spend more time with their families, and 55 per cent of people said they had more time to be creative.

However, in a separete survey, more than 50 per cent of children and young people reported feeling sad, negative, or low and 27 per cent said they felt lonely or isolated.

Director for public health for Barnsley, Julia Burrows, said: “I asked you to write about your day and the impact the pandemic has had on it, to tell me about which parts of your day have changed as a result of Covid-19 and what has stayed the same, to make a note of what you and your family are doing to deal with challenges you face; to describe what matters to you most now, and finally, to tell me about the acts of kindness you have seen and experienced. Once again, your response was fantastic, and I received more than 320 diaries.

“What you have chosen to share with me will be used by me and my colleagues in our Covid-19 recovery plans and this, my 2020 director of public health annual report, will inform what our focus should include.”