Last week, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on tackling social isolation and loneliness across Scotland – you can read it here. This follows a previous report from the Scottish Parliament Committee on Equal Opportunities which highlighted the need for a national strategy.

For over 16 years, Home-Start Glasgow North has worked with families across communities facing some of life’s biggest challenges, many of whom reported loneliness and isolation as a key factor in their circumstances.

A 2017 report from Home-Start UK shows that 43% of families seeking support from the network in Scotland are doing so due to isolation and loneliness, amongst other issues. The report also highlights our successes, including 93% of families reporting feeling less isolated at the end of our time working with them.

Given our experience of working with families to address loneliness and social isolation, Home-Start Glasgow North intends to respond to the Scottish Government draft strategy and consultation, which will include views from our volunteers and families we have worked with. We have also written to the Scottish Government to invite Ministers to see our work across communities north of the River Clyde and now in North Lanarkshire, in order to help inform the national and local strategy.