In January 2021 the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) undertook a survey to find out what challenges the community had faced ruing the pandemic and what has been their experience of using health and social care services during COVID19.
The questionnaire was advertised on West Dunbartonshire social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) as well as via local press articles. Emails were issued to all HSCP staff and to a range of networks and local organisations.
The questionnaire covered 19 questions and collected both quantitative and qualitative data. The results demonstrated the views of respondents and told their ‘story’ of the challenges they have faced during the pandemic.
The questionnaire was available on-line via Survey Monkey from 8th December 2020 to 22nd January 2021 and, although there were limitations, a total of 537 responses were received.
The survey explored whether levels of physical activity had changed since the pandemic. It was found that:
52% reduced activity levels
22% increased activity levels
This was broken down further into:
9% exercising 5-6 times per week (as per national guidance)
22% exercising 3-4 times per week
27% exercising 1-2 times per week
24% weren’t sure
The main type of activities chosen were walking, followed by cycling and running.
Other forms of activity were mentioned by respondents to keep active these included: home exercise and access to leisure services (when available) and outdoor activities (e.g. walking, gardening). A few respondents mentioned that they had barriers to exercise like lack of motivation, mobility issues, disability and being a single parent with no childcare.
The survey sought to identify respondents views on what they thought the HSCP should be doing to support people to maintain or increase their activity levels.
Five options were provided which respondents ranked, with 1 being MOST important to 5 LEAST important.
1st (MOST) Work with partners to improve Green Space
2nd Work with partners to improve Cycling and Walking Infrastructure
3rd Encourage Voluntary Groups to Develop Such as Walking Groups
4th Request additional support to assess the fitness of individuals and develop meaningful activity plans if needed
5th (LEAST) Work with local partners and other agencies to ensure service users have access to leisure centres, gyms, and sports facilities
To try and support community members to maintain or increase their increased activity levels, and continue to promote the increased interest in outdoor activities, in line with the recommendations within the survey, the HSCP and Green Space Service are seeking to develop a participatory budgeting project to respond to the outcomes.