Briggs welcomes new plan to tackle social isolation and loneliness

The Scottish Conservatives have this week launched their strategy to tackle social isolation and loneliness.


Measures include:


-          An increased focus on youth loneliness

-          Social prescribing

-          Connecting communities

-          A national awareness campaign

-          Supporting innovation


The Scottish government today released their strategy for tackling social isolation and loneliness, including £1 million over the next two years.


Charities such as Vintage Vibes, based in Edinburgh, and Craigshill Good Neighbourhood Network, based in West Lothian, do exceptional work tackling social isolation and loneliness in Lothian.


Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP, said:


“Social isolation and loneliness is very prevalent across Edinburgh and the Lothian’s and it can affect anyone, but is particularly common amongst elderly people.

“The Scottish Conservative Loneliness Action Plan puts forward practical measures to tackle loneliness and social isolation.


“Loneliness can have a serious impact on peoples mental health, so steps to bring people together are incredibly important.


“Whilst many of us will be spending Christmas with friends and family, not everyone is so fortunate.


“I encourage everyone to think about what they can do to help, whether it is a visiting an elderly friend, calling in on an older neighbour who lives alone or inviting an older person round for a coffee or meal over the Christmas period.”



Miles Briggs