Date lodged: 16 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to reduce loneliness among unpaid carers.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 6 September 2017
We are working with local partners and national carer organisations to prepare for implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act in April 2018, which will help identify and address the personal outcomes important to individual carers, including tackling loneliness.
We are also planning to consult on a draft strategy to address loneliness and social isolation in the coming months. It is important for the strategy to be informed and shaped by those with lived experience and we are actively exploring with stakeholders how best to do this through the consultation and more widely.
We currently support initiatives such as the voluntary sector short breaks fund and the Young Carer Festival that provide carers opportunities to build relationships outwith their caring routine. Local carer centres are also supported to provide a range of support services to meet carer needs which will include the social needs of the carer.