Building stronger social connections

Organisations awarded share of £3.2 million fund.

More than 50 projects tackling social isolation and loneliness throughout Scotland have received a share of a new fund.

Activities delivered by the organisations include community choirs, walking football, Men’s Sheds and volunteering opportunities.

Equalities Minister Emma Roddick visited Inverness Foodstuff, one of the successful projects, to see the impact of their work and hear how support through the Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund will benefit the local community.

Ms Roddick said:

“Social isolation and loneliness can affect anyone, but especially those most affected by the cost of living crisis such as disabled people, younger people, and those who live alone.

“The Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund is providing support to a range of projects across Scotland which deliver vital services in their communities. Inverness Foodstuff is a great example of how this Scottish Government funding will help to bring more people together, creating stronger social connections and improving public health.

“We are determined to tackle the harm caused by this hidden problem and this Fund is just one of the actions we are taking to help tackle social isolation and loneliness through our plan, Recovering our Connections.”

Inverness Foodstuff has been awarded a grant of £72,000 to deliver their lunch club twice a week in the Hilton area of Inverness. The lunch club will benefit an estimated 2,400 homeless and vulnerable people in the area over the duration of the Fund.

Chair of Inverness Foodstuff Stuart Black said:

“Inverness Foodstuff has operated from Ness Bank Church since 2015 offering hot food three times a week, utilising surplus food. But, it’s more than just a meal. We offer access to clothing, debt relief, IT support, mental health support, housing and homelessness support and access to hairdressing. Inverness Foodstuff also provides 75 volunteering opportunities.

“Over the past year we have served 8,500 meals in our city centre premises, an increase of 58% compared to 2021-22. This reflects the cost of living crisis and the extent of poverty in our city. We are delighted to gain Scottish Government funding to expand our service into Hilton, a recognised area of need, in partnership with Highlife Highland.”


The Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund will deliver £3.2 million to 53 community projects and organisations between August 2023 and July 2026.

The projects have a particular focus on meeting the needs of people most at risk of social isolation and loneliness including young people, disabled people, those with a mental health condition, older people and people living in areas of deprivation or on a low income.

The Fund is being managed by Impact Funding Partners on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Organisations receiving a grant

Local Authority areas

Abbey Church of Dunfermline


Big Hearts Community Trust


Caithness Voluntary Group


Care for Carers

Edinburgh (some activity across Scotland)

Contact Point in East Dunbartonshire SCIO

East Dunbartonshire

Cowal Elderly Befrienders SCIO

Argyll and Bute

Cumnock Juniors Community Enterprise

East Ayrshire

Cunninghame MS Drop-In Centre

North Ayrshire

Denny Community Support Group


Easthall Residents Association


Edinburgh Tool Library


Forth Community Resource Centre Steering Group

South Lanarkshire

Freedom Of Mind Community Choir


Gilded Lily Inspiring Enterprise CIC


Good Morning Project Limited (known as Good Morning Service)

Glasgow (South Ayrshire)

Grampian Hospitals Art Trust

Aberdeen (Aberdeenshire)

Helensburgh Lunch Club

Argyll and Bute

Home-Start East Lothian

East Lothian

Inverkip Community Initiative


Inverness Foodstuff


Letham4All SCIO

Perth and Kinross

Lochside Neighbourhood Group

South Ayrshire

Maryhill Integration Network


Mearns & Coastal Healthy Living Network


Merkinch Partnership Ltd


North Argyll Carers Centre

Argyll and Bute

Our Community Kitchen

East Lothian

Parent to Parent Ltd


Pilmeny Development Project


Pilton Community Health Project


Project Ability

Glasgow (attendees from Glasgow and surrounding LA areas)

Sanday Afternoon Club


Scottish Men's Sheds Association

Highland (targeting this area and the Islands)

Stepping Out

East Lothian

The Linda Tremble Foundation (trading as SupportED)

Fife (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling & online across Scotland)

The Living Memory Association

Edinburgh (West Lothian)

The Urban Roots Initiative


The Well Multi-Cultural Resource Centre


Woodlands Community Development Trust


Beith Community Development Trust

North Ayrshire

British Deaf Association

Glasgow (Aberdeen, Inverness, Elgin, Dundee, Ayrshire, Glasgow, South/North Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Borders, Edinburgh)

Carers Link East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire

Down's Syndrome Scotland

Glasgow (Edinburgh, Dundee, Highland, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Perth & Kinross)

ENABLE Scotland

Glasgow (Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire)

Fife Society for the Blind aka Seescape


Glasgow Association for Mental Health


Glasgow Disability Alliance


Grampian Society for the Blind, operating as North East Sensory Services (NESS)

Aberdeen (Moray)

Home-Start Glasgow South


Kibble Education and Care Centre

Renfrewshire (Glasgow)

Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health (LAMH)

North Lanarkshire

Tagsa Uibhist

Na h-Eileanan Siar

The National Autistic Society

Glasgow (neighbouring Local Authorities, online across Scotland)

Recovering our Connections


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