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(Scottish Government) A connected Scotland: tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger communities

06 February 2018

This draft strategy has been developed following the last Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee Inquiry into Age and Social Isolation which set out a number of findings and recommendations.

One of these recommendations was to produce a national strategy to tackle social isolation and loneliness.

The other recommendations highlight specific areas that need attention, and we evaluate the progress we have made to date at the end of this document.

Subsequently, a commitment to take this work forward was made in the 2016 Programme for Government.

This seeks to articulate a vision of the kind of Scotland we want to see, where community connections are increased and no one is excluded from participating in society for any reason.

It also defines what we understand social isolation and loneliness to be, how prevalent they are in Scotland, and what we've heard so far in our process of engaging with stakeholders throughout the development of the draft strategy.

This draft strategy puts forward our belief that, whilst Government has an important role to play in creating the conditions for change to happen, everyone has a responsibility to help tackle loneliness and social isolation.

We are committed to empowering communities to lead in this area.

Getting Involved

If you are interested in contributing to this, please send your comments to Sue Northrop ([email protected]) who is leading the Society’s response, by Monday 9th April using the response form below.

Sue is an Occupational Psychologist and former Chair of the Scottish Branch.

Please note:

  • The Society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the Society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties /Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on Clinical opinion

If you have any queries at all - please do not hesitate to get in touch.


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