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.
It 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.
As this is a draft for consultation. We want to hear form you about what you think is important and what you think should be done to help tackle social isolation and loneliness.