A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections

Closed 30 Apr 2018

Opened 16 Jan 2018

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In the last Parliamentary term, the Scottish Government welcomed The Equal Opportunities Committee report on Social Isolation which was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The committee found that social isolation and loneliness was a problem in Scotland, and recommended that the Government developed a national strategy to tackle it. This consultation is an important part of the process.

Social Isolation and loneliness is an issue that can affect anyone at any age or stage of their lives. Feelings of loneliness have been demonstrated to have wide ranging consequences for those effected. and has been shown to lead to depression across all ages, as well as cognitive decline and dementia in older people. There is also the potential for serious physical health implications which have been compared to those of obesity or smoking.

We want a Scotland where individuals and communities are more connected and everyone has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships regardless of age, status, circumstances or identity. We see the role of communities as vital in achieving this goal, and have already began to empower them to make decisions that help them address their unique priorities. Because communities are so central to tackling this problem, it is important that the people who live in them get to have their say.

Why We Are Consulting

We want to hear a wide range of opinions and views from Scotland's diverse people directly. Although we are arranging a number of engagements up and down the country, we recognise that people who might have an important point to make may not be able to attend.

Each and every one of us has a role to play in reducing social isolation, and your voice will help to shape the direction that the national strategy takes.


View the full consultation paper



  • People of Scotland
  • Businesses
  • Local Authorities
  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Community Organisations
  • Community Councils
  • Third sector, voluntary and equality organisations
  • Public bodies
  • Local Government
  • Businesses and private sector organisations
  • Individuals
  • Campaign Groups
  • Foster Care Providers
  • Young People
  • Third Sector Organisations
  • Disabled people
  • Disabled people's organisations
  • Disability, equality and human rights organisations
  • Parents/carers
  • NHS
  • Statisticians
  • Grant-aided schools
  • independent special schools.
  • Training and Qualification Providers
  • Career Advisors
  • Union/Professional Representatives
  • Local Authority Services and Networks
  • Environment
  • Early learning and childcare and out of school care employers/owners
  • Managers
  • Practitioners
  • Trainees and other professionals
  • Childminders
  • Training providers
  • Early years teachers
  • Parents/carers
  • Young people
  • Scottish Government Officials
  • Early Learning and Childcare Sector
  • Survivors of Abuse
  • Local Authorities
  • Health Organisations
  • Housing
  • Local Authorities
  • Disabled people
  • Disabled people‚Äôs organisations
  • Disability, equality and human rights organisations
  • Local Authorities
  • Community organisations
  • Third sector
  • Campaign groups
  • Parents/carers
  • Public Bodies
  • NHS
  • All other interested individuals or organisations
  • Organisations
  • Businesses
  • Individuals
  • Third sector health organisations
  • Universities
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Health service staff
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Patient representative groups
  • Social housing tenants and prospective tenants
  • All social landlords - Councils and Registered Social Landlords
  • Planning authorities
  • Bodies and groups interested in the built heritage
  • Local authorities
  • Education authorities
  • Schools, including early learning and childcare (ELC) settings
  • Teachers and other school staff
  • Third sector organisations which support Travellers and other Traveller representatives
  • Health and social care professionals working with Traveller families with children
  • Community learning and development
  • Further and higher education institutions
  • Children and Family workers
  • Looked After Child care providers
  • Looked After Child care regulators and scrutiny bodies
  • Chief Social Workers


  • Arts, Culture and Sport
  • Building and Planning
  • Children and Families
  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Digital
  • Education
  • Equality, Welfare and Rights
  • Public Sector
  • Health and Social Care
  • Housing and Regeneration
  • Work and Skills
  • Research
  • Statistics
  • Scotland Performs