So here we are, half-way through the year, and it would appear that we are through the worst of Covid-19. The restrictions that we have had to endure over the past months are now ending at pace and we are starting to get back to ‘normal’.
However, there are aspects of our lives that will have changed for good, and we will need to learn to adapt to a different way of living and working in a remote rural area such as the Kyle of Sutherland. What will community transport look like? With more people able to work from home will there be a change in the demand for childcare? Now that we are comfortable with online video meetings how will we adapt when some people are physically at a meeting and some are on a screen? Will our working hours change as we balance home working and family life? Will more people want to move away from cities towards the fresh air of the countryside? How will this affect house prices?
There are aspects of our lives that will have changed for good, and we will need to learn to adapt to a different way of living and working in a remote rural area such as the Kyle of Sutherland
One area where our community is in a good position to adapt to the new ways of working is through the broadband provision we have in the Kyle of Sutherland. Due to the vision of KoSDT securing funding for masts, the area was able to benefit from a superfast service provided by local company Highland Wireless Ltd. This service is now available in all the straths and glens in our area and allows people to easily work from home – something that was unimaginable just three years ago. This is crucial, because without this technology we would be in a really difficult position, as many of our neighbouring communities are, and we would really struggle to adapt to the new working practices that many people have had to follow since March 2020.
The speed of the return to ‘normal’ will also be difficult for many who have been isolated for so long. KoSDT is planning to hold some community events to encourage us to come back together in a way that can help to gently increase the confidence of those who are feeling understandably anxious about re-engaging with others. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for news on these events.
As the weeks and months pass most of us will start to forget the anxieties of Covid. But we still need to be conscious of those who are not adapting at the same pace. So smile, be patient, and be kind… we’ll be back to ‘normal’ before you know it.
by David Watson, Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust Manager
Last Updated on 10 June, 2021 by Kyle Chronicle