Date lodged: 2 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what support it offers communities to help prevent loneliness and alleviate the health problems that experiencing this can bring.
Answered by: Christina McKelvie 13 November 2018
From the outset of our work in this area, we have placed the role of communities at the centre of our efforts and our strategy for tackling social isolation and loneliness. We know that it is communities themselves that are best placed to identify, design and deliver the support that will work best for them.
The Scottish Government is investing significant resources into communities through a range of existing funding streams that support work to build social connections, including the Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund and the Community Choices Fund, and we are looking at how we best align these with the ambitions of the final strategy. In encouraging everyone – individuals, organisations, business and services – to play their part in creating the kind, caring society we aim for, we hope to preventatively address social isolation and loneliness and the associated health problems they can contribute to.