Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the developing of a new national strategy to tackle loneliness and isolation.
The draft plan, one of the first in the world, will look at the causes of social isolation and loneliness and how they can be addressed.
Views are also being sought on how communities can build on the work of the Scottish Government, and lead on ensuring those at risk of becoming lonely or isolated have access to the right support networks.
SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:
“Anybody, regardless of age or circumstance, can be affected by social isolation and loneliness. Research also shows there is a link between loneliness and poor physical and mental health and that this can impact on everyday life.
“Scotland is leading the way when it comes to tackling this and will be one of the first in the world to develop a national strategy to address loneliness and isolation.
“As a Government we have an important role to play, but, we want communities and society to lead it. Communities themselves are best places to ensure people who may be at risk of becoming isolated or lonely can access the support they need.
“Now we want to hear from you about what is important in tackling these issues. I would encourage everyone to have a say on this very important issue.”