Briefing paper on the Scottish Government’s consultation A Connected Scotland. Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections
What is the purpose of the consultation?
The Scottish Government consultation process is an essential step in creating policy, and ultimately, an opportunity for the public to shape the policy making process.
Social isolation and loneliness has been recognised as a major public health issue and the Scottish Government have developed a national strategy to tackle it. A draft strategy has been produced for consultation (full details of web link below) and the Government is seeking views from anyone who has an interest in or experience in this area. Communities know what is best for them and this consultation is an opportunity to contribute your thoughts on what the challenges are in overcoming isolation and loneliness.
The Scottish Government ‘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 identify’.
How do I respond?
Responding to the consultation can be done in two ways:
- Complete our survey and SRA will include your feedback in our response.Three questions have been identified as a priority by the Scottish Government. In addition, we have identified two questions that are particularly important from a rural perspective and we want to ensure that the rural voice is heard within the consultation. The questions are listed below for information.You do not have to complete all the questions, just the ones that you feel are relevant to you. Questions can be completed online by clicking here OR by completing this form and returning by email to email@example.com or by printing and posting to SRA, 69 Ardbeg Road, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 ONN.
- Respond to the consultation in full directly via the Scottish Government website.
What is the timescale?
All completed questions should be returned by Friday the 12th of April if responding via SRA. The consultation deadline is Friday the 27th of April if responding directly to the Scottish Government.