Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness Across the Life Course

Over 1.1 million Britons are lonely. Moreover, those who experience loneliness are 50% more likely to die prematurely than people with a good social network.

The context

Social isolation and loneliness, while not a physical health condition, is akin to chronic long-term conditions in terms of the impact that it can have on an individual’s health and wellbeing.

Social isolation can damage an individual’s sense of belonging, empowerment and contribution to society. However, the signs are often hidden by silence, substance abuse and suicide. To draw attention to the issue, the Scottish Government is in the process of developing a National Social Isolation Strategy, which will be published in early 2018. 

Existing throughout the life course, social isolation and loneliness can be difficult to diagnose and challenging to prescribe. Often, the consequences of this can be treated through effective community intervention and engagement. 

The event

Join us at this Holyrood briefing on the 13 February 2018 to examine how we can work across sectors to make Scotland a kinder and more inclusive nation for those who experience social isolation and loneliness. We will bring together key organisations and expert speakers to examine the current policy landscape for social isolation and loneliness in Scotland, understanding the signs and next steps for health and social care services.

Key issues to be addressed

  • An up-to-date understanding of the new strategy and it’s intended outcomes
  • Current progress and future plans for implementation
  • Examining loneliness as a public health concern
  • Understanding the associated lifestyle choices which can impact on health and wellbeing
  • Evaluating the impact of social isolation and loneliness at varying points across the life course
  • The role of different stakeholders in tackling isolation and loneliness; third sector, community Integration Join Boards (IJBs), NHS bodies and councils

Confirmed Speakers

  • Chris O'Hanlon, Social Isolation and Loneliness Policy Officer, Scottish Government
  • Tom Berney, Chair, Scottish Older people's Assembly (SOPA)
  • Claire Stevens, Chief Officer, Voluntary Health Scotland 
  • Paul Okroj, Chair, Scottish Volunteering Forum
  • Marie Hayes, Scotland Director for Independent Living and Crisis Response, British Red Cross
  • Anthea Fraser, Service Manager - Older People, Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Christine Carlin, Chief Executive, Salvesen Mindroom Centre
  • Anne Callaghan, Campaign Manager (Scotland), Campaign to End Loneliness
  • Toni Giugliano, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Mental Health Foundation​
  • Pasna Sallis, Occupational Therapist and Found Director, Weekday Wow Factor

 

Agenda*

09:30   Registration and Refreshments

10:00   Welcome and Introduction from Chair

            Tom Freeman, Health Journalist, Holyrood Magazine 

10:05   Session 1: Policy and Overview

10:05  The Draft Social Isolation and Loneliness Strategy

  • What is our vision and what do we hope to achieve?
  • Outline of the draft Social Isolation and Loneliness Strategy
  • Our consultation – what does it look like and who do we want to target?
  • Next steps

           Chris O'Hanlon, Social Isolation and Loneliness Policy Officer, Scottish Government 

10.25   Loneliness: The Public Health Challenge of Our Time

  • Briefing on the outcomes of the Mental Health Foundation report into loneliness in young and older people
  • Tackling loneliness as a multi agency effort
  • Social inclusion for older people, young people and ethnic minorities 

            Toni Giugliano, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Mental Health Foundation

10:45   Questions and Discussion

11:00   Refreshments and Networking

11:20   Session 2: Understanding Varying Types of Isolation

11.20   Children and Young Peoples' Experience of Social Isolation and Loneliness

  • How can loneliness impact children and young people with learning difficulties - and their families

           Christine Carlin, Chief Executive, Salvesen Mindroom

11:40  Age and Loneliness: The Impact on Health

           Tom Berney, Chair, Scottish Older People's Assembly (SOPA)

12:00   The Weekday Wow Factor

  • Bringing people together by awakening the inner child using accessible, fun, adventurous and healthy leisure occupations for adults of all ages and abilities

            Pasna Sallis, Public Health Occupational Therapist and Founding Director, Weekday Wow Factor

12:20   Questions and Discussion

12:40   Lunch and Networking

13:20   Session 3: Creating a Kinder Scotland  

13:20   The Impact of Volunteering

  • How volunteering can contribute to reducing social isolation and loneliness
  • Volunteering is not free – what we need to do to source this valuable support 

            Paul Okroj, Chair, Scottish Volunteering Forum 

13:40   Loneliness and Social Isolation - A Collaborative Approach

  • Reference to our research and BRC involvement
  • Co op Partnership
  • Working in collaboration with MidLothian Council with practice examples

           Marie Hayes, Scotland Director for Independent Living and Crisis Response, British Red Cross   

           Anthea Fraser, Service Manager - Older People, Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership

           Lorraine Dilworth, Independent Living Service Manager, British Red Cross

14:00   Making Loneliness and Social Isolation Everyone’s Business

  • Realising good health for all - a voluntary health perspective and some policy opportunities to engage health in the national strategy.

            Claire Stevens, Chief Officer, Voluntary Health Scotland 

14.20   The Campaign to End Loneliness

  • Services and activities that are most effective at addressing loneliness 
  • Deploying a wider range of loneliness services and activities in the community
  • Reaching and supporting those at risk of loneliness
  • Making loneliness everyone’s business – a wider response from civil society

           Anne Callaghan, Campaign Manager (Scotland), Campaign to End Loneliness

14:50   Questions and Discussion

15:20   Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30   Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

 

Venue

NASUWT, 35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635.

Dates
13 February 2018

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