We want to hear your experiences to help our recovery .....

The current coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on all of us, and Wokingham Borough Council would like to hear directly from residents on how the pandemic has affected their lives through a newly launched survey.

This is a challenging time for all, with many people worried about their families, the economy and local community. Information from the survey will be used to identify local support needs, help with signposting to assistance programmes, and identify measures that will help with the recovery from the crisis.

Cllr John Halsall, leader of the council, said: “They say emergencies bring out the best in people. And the people of Wokingham borough have really lived up to that. We have provided a one-stop shop for our residents who have needed help throughout the pandemic and we have been there for everyone.

“Now that we have have the first wave behind us, it is crucial that we step back and assess how we have connected with local people, see how the pandemic has affected our residents, what services people are accessing and what changes you would like to see made.

“I would encourage all of you to take part in the survey and help us work together on our response to the coronavirus crisis and how we shape our services going forward.”

To thank people for their time, the council is offering residents a chance to enter a prize draw to wing a free spa session for two at Nirvana Spa, a free taster session at Dinton Activity Centre, afternoon tea at Blue Orchid Bakery or up to £50 in gift vouchers to spend at other local businesses.

You can respond to the survey by visiting the council’s website at www.wokingham.gov.uk and searching ‘consultations’.

The survey will be open until 23 August. Results will be published on the council’s website.