A Connected Scotland: our strategy for tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections

The Scottish Government’s first national strategy to tackle social isolation and loneliness and build stronger social connections.

Strategic Framework


A Scotland where individuals and communities are more connected, and everyone has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships regardless of age, stage, circumstances or identity

Primary Values

We are a society which treats all our people with kindness, dignity and compassion

Primary National Outcomes

  • We are healthy and active
  • We live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe
  • We grow up loved, safe and protected so that we realise our full potential
  • We respect, protect and fulfil human rights and live free from discrimination

Primary National Indicators

  • Places to interact
  • Loneliness
  • Child wellbeing and happiness
  • Children have positive relationships
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Participation in cultural activity
  • Confidence of children and young people
  • Physical activity

Strategic Outcomes

  • Understanding increases around social isolation and loneliness and causes/impacts, along with understanding of what works to reduce it
  • Social isolation and loneliness are reduced
  • Harm resulting from the effects of social isolation and loneliness is reduced
  • The conditions which help to reduce social isolation and loneliness are increasingly widespread


Email: Trevor Owen

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