Delivering Scotland's Social Isolation and Loneliness Strategy

This event will discuss the Scottish Government’s Social Isolation and Loneliness Strategy and will examine how we can work together to foster social connections in local communities.

Over 9 million people in the UK are always or often lonely

Social isolation and loneliness are akin to chronic long-term conditions in terms of the impact that they can have on an individual’s health and wellbeing.

The Scottish Government will publish a national strategy to tackle social isolation and loneliness by the end of 2018. As one of the first in the world, this strategy will help to raise awareness, deliver resources to community groups and ensure all sectors are focused on how we can empower communities to build a more connected Scotland.

Join Holyrood on 5 February as we examine how we can use the new strategy to tackle social isolation and loneliness across the life course and take a cross-sectoral approach to put in place resources to foster social connections in our local communities.

Confirmed speakers

  • Mark O'Donnell, Chief Executive, Royal Blind & Scottish War Blinded 
  • Tom Berney, former Chair of Scottish Older People's Assembly & Chair, University of the Third Age in Scotland
  • Pasna Sallis, Founder, Weekday Wow Factor
  • Bronach Hughes, Social Isolation and Loneliness - Equality Unit, Scottish Government

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • An up-to-date understanding of the new strategy and it’s potential for change
  • Examining loneliness as a public health concern and examining loneliness across the life course and for different groups in society
  • Current and future plans for implementation and delivery
  • Resources and opportunities for funding
  • Working across sectors to tackle the issue – linking public sector, third sector, community groups and informal volunteering
  • Understanding the responsibility of all sectors to tackle social isolation and loneliness – health, education, communities, transport and housing

Agenda*

09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

10:05    Session 1: Creating a More Connected Scotland

10:30 Creating A More Connected Scotland

  • An up-to-date understanding of the new strategy and it’s potential for change
  • Next steps and future policy priorities

Bronach Hughes, Social Isolation and Loneliness - Equality Unit, Scottish Government

11:00    Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Delegates will be given the opportunity to raise their key challenges ahead of the Q&A with our expert speakers. Through discussions with others in the room, we would like you to share learning around how we can work together to foster more social connections, and how we can roll this out in organisations following this event.

11:20    Feedback from Roundtable Discussions

12:00    Session 2: Social Isolation and Loneliness Across the Life Course and in Different Settings

12:05 Social Connections and Sight Loss

  • The need to highlight the impact of loneliness on vision impaired people.
  • The experience of loneliness in people with sight loss
  • Recommendations

Mark O'Donnell, Chief Executive, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blind

12:25  The Scale of Loneliness 

  • Welcoming the strategy 
  • Joining the strategy with other policies
  • Examples from the University of the Third Age 

Tom Berney, former Chair of Scottish Older People's Assembly & Chair, University of the Third Age in Scotland

13:00   Lunch

13:40    Session 3: Sharing and Learning from Good Practice

In the final session of the day we will share different case study examples from across sectors to showcase transformative programmes that are having an impact in local communities.

13:40 Case Study: Weekday Wow Factor

  • Overview of Weekday Wow Factor Vision and Mission
  • Update since of current outcomes to reduce Loneliness and Isolation
  • Future plans for partnership work with local communities and caring organsations

Pasna Sallis, Founder, Weekday Wow Factor

14:00   Questions and Discussion

14:30   End of day

*Agenda subject to change

Our events are CPD Certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

 

 

Venue

NASUWT, 35 Young Street N. Ln, Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map
 
Costs
Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635
Dates
5 February 2019

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