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Today the Minister for Social Security, Jeane Freeman, launched the Scottish Government's draft strategy to tackle social isolation and loneliness for consultation. We would like to thank everyone for their interest in their piece of work.
You can access the consultation document here.
Whilst this draft strategy is an important step, it is by no means the end product, nor does it claim to be an all comprehensive overview of social isolation and loneliness in Scotland. It is the starting point for a conversation that we encourage you all to participate in.
We have planned consultation events up and down the country to engage with people and allow seldom heard voices to contribute. However, we need your help with this. People with lived experience of social isolation or chronic loneliness are pivotal to ensuring our final strategy helps us move towards our vision of 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.  It would therefore be appreciated if you could circulate this through your networks and, where appropriate, engage with the people using your services on these issues including supporting them to attend an event should they wish to do so.
People can register for the events here:
We have tried to ensure a good geographic spread of events, and if you think a certain area would benefit from an event, or provide with an insight other areas may not, please let us know.  If you're organising an event and you would like to publicise it, let us know as we will be providing updates over the course of the consultation.
You can can respond to the consultation via the citizenspace portal (  We have produced a toolkit to help you facilitate your own events should you wish. This is available to download on the citizenspace portal.
The consultation period will close on April 30th, so please do make sure that you get your responses in by then.
We are looking forward to engaging with you in the coming months.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch by responding to this email or emailing us at

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