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‘A Connected Scotland:  Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness and Building Stronger Social Connections

Please see below for the press release from Scottish Government on the launch of their Consultation on the Draft strategy for ‘A Connected Scotland:  Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness and Building Stronger Social Connections’.  Please note the closing date of 30th April 2018.

A new national strategy, one of the first in the world, is being developed to tackle loneliness and isolation. The draft plan, will look at the causes of social isolation and loneliness and how they can be addressed.  Views are also being sought on how communities can build on the work of the Scottish Government, and lead on ensuring those at risk of becoming lonely or isolated have access to the right support networks.

Launching the draft strategy and consultation on a visit to the Hidden Gardens Project in Pollokshields, Social Security Minister Jeane 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.”

 Co-chairs of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission Seema Kennedy MP and Rachel Reeves MP, said:

 “We welcome the launch of this consultation by the Scottish Government. We are sure that our friend Jo Cox, who believed “Young or old, loneliness doesn’t discriminate”, would have been pleased to see the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling the social issue of our generation.”

 

Engagement Sessions are taking place across the country including, you will be pleased to hear, a date in Dundee, on Thursday 1st February 2018, 1pm – 3.30pm in the Best Western Queens Hotel for which you are invited to attend.  To book a place please complete the link on Event Brite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-isolation-and-loneliness-strategy-dundee-consultation-event-tickets-42123477455

This consultation is open to both individuals and organisations and a tool kit is available should organisations wish to consult their own members.  The more people who can attend this session the better as it is not often that we get Scottish Government Consultation events in Dundee.

The documents can also be found here https://consult.gov.scot/equality-unit/connected-scotland/