What we did:
Aberdeenshire Council created a Google site called “Shine a Light on Lockdown”. This was created to change the narrative about lockdown and to focus and highlight the positive things that were happening across Aberdeenshire. It was also created to create an archival record of a unique time in history. The site contains examples of young people learning new skills, doing things as a family or supporting their local community. Schools, parents and young people could submit entries as could Aberdeenshire Council staff. Many parents shared that they enjoyed reading the entries with their young people and some of our care homes engaged with the website with their residents. Some schools are now using the site to reflect on what we have learned from lockdown in terms of looking after our physical and mental wellbeing and Children's Rights.
Who we involved:
The site was open to parents and young people, school staff and other council employees and members of the community.
The difference it made:
It allowed many young people to share new skills and showcased some of the creative things that young people, parents and schools were doing during lockdown. It also allowed young people to reflect on what they were not currently able to do and how much they would value having such things return.
What we will do differently in the future:
We intend to archive some of the material from the site as a record of this unique time in history. We also intend to use the site for further reflection as the situation changes with Covid-19 - as a record of 2020 and how we had to adapt to a new way of living. We will continue to promote the site for parents, young people and members of the community to share inspiring stories of how Aberdeenshire residents have responded to the pandemic.