september, 2019

25sepAll DayNext Steps in Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness in Scotland


Event Details

Social isolation and loneliness can afflict anybody at any stage of life. In recognition of the significance of this as a major public health issue, the Scottish Government published a strategy to tackle it at the end of 2018 with proposals permeating throughout the policy landscape in order to drive change.  This event will provide an early update for delegates on delivery and the direction of travel.

1 in 10 people in Scotland often feel lonely

Existing across all age groups, social isolation and loneliness can have a substantive impact on a person’s physical and mental wellbeing and life expectancy.  It can damage an individual’s sense of belonging, empowerment and contribution to society. However, the signs are often hidden by silence, substance abuse and suicide.

The symptoms can be difficult to diagnose and solutions can be challenging to prescribe. Often, the consequences of this can be treated through effective community intervention and engagement.

As an issue which affects us all, no matter our background, the solution must involve everyone – individuals; communities; local authorities; health boards; community planning partners; third sector; social enterprise and businesses.

The event

Delegates will benefit from an overview of The Scottish Government’s pioneering strategy to engender a kinder, more inclusive nation and an update from the National Implementation Group, who will provide a more details road to delivery.

We will also hear from stakeholders representing various areas across the policy platform encapsulated by this strategy and informed by it, how they intend to focus on delivery within their particular sector in contributing towards forging a more connected Scotland.

Attendees will consider examples of good practice from various organisations who embody the culture that the strategy is attempting to engender, with particular consideration given to the role of social enterprise.

Join Holyrood on 25 September as bring together key organisations and expert speakers to examine the current policy landscape for social isolation and loneliness in Scotland, understanding the signs and illuminate next steps for delivery.

Key issues we’ll address with you

  • An up-to-date understanding of the new strategy and it’s intended outcomes
  • Update from the National Implementation Group
  • Examination of the effect on various areas of policy and how particular consideration of social isolation and loneliness affects these going forward
    • Digital
    • Older People
    • Planning/Housing
    • Culture
  • The role of social enterprise
  • Examples of good practice

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All Day (Wednesday)


Central Edinburgh - Venue TBC