The Scottish Government has recently launched a Consultation on the Draft strategy for ‘A Connected Scotland' which looks at tackling social isolation and loneliness in Scotland and forging stronger communities and social connections as a way to help combat this. . The closing date of this consultation is 30th April 2018.
The Scottish Government's new national strategy, which is one of the first in the world, is set out in a draft plan which will consider the causes of social isolation and loneliness and how they can be addressed. The paper also wishes to take the views of communities across Scotland into consideration and how in building on the framework set out by the Scottish Government's proposals those most of risk have access to the proper mechanisms and support networks.
On launching the consultation at the Hidden Gardens in Glasgow, Jeane Freeman, Minister for Social Security said:-
Launching the draft strategy and consultation on a visit to the Hidden Gardens Project in Pollokshields, Ms Freeman said:-
“Social isolation and loneliness can affect anyone – at all ages and stages of life.
“We know there is also a link between loneliness and poor physical and mental health and that this can impact on everyday life.
“We are leading the way when it comes to tackling this and will be the first country in the UK and one of the first in the world to develop a national strategy to address loneliness and isolation.”