The Scottish Government launched A Connected Scotland: our strategy for tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections in December 2018. The strategy runs from 2018 to 2026 and a Ministerial Steering Group has been set up to oversee its implementation. The Government will report on progress every two years.
The roles of local health and social care partnerships are highlighted as being important, particularly in helping those with health and social care needs which may make them more vulnerable to loneliness. In this context the delivery of person centred services, particularly through self-directed support, is acknowledged to have the potential to respond to loneliness or prevent it in the first place.
Good housing and good design of neighbourhoods through the use of the Place Standard can help to prevent social isolation or recover from it. An example of good practice in Elgin is set out where Hanover Scotland Housing Association has provided a nursery with a garden for young children to grow plants. This encourages contact between the generations and has had positive benefits for all concerned so far.
The Scottish Government recognises the important role of the third sector in terms of community services and providing volunteering opportunities.