Welsh Government Consultation on Loneliness and Social Isolation
23rd October, 2018
Connected communities - Tackling loneliness and social isolation
The Welsh Government is consulting on how best to tackle loneliness and social isolation.
Loneliness and social isolation are growing problems not just in Wales but across the UK and beyond. And more of us now understand they can affect anyone, at any age, for a wide variety of reasons. They can, and do, have a significant impact on people’s physical and mental health.
There is a wealth of evidence that demonstrates that loneliness and social isolation are significant issues affecting our older population. Data from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study – Wales found that 25.3% of older people (aged 65 and over) in Wales reported being lonely and 26.9% socially isolated.
This current consultation:
- sets out the Welsh Government's vision of the Wales we want to see, linked to the Welsh Government’s legislative and strategic frameworks.
- sets out definitions of loneliness and social isolation.
- highlights what the evidence tells us and what the Welsh Government has heard through engagement with stakeholders so far.
- highlights the work that the Welsh Government has done and is continuing to do to tackle loneliness and social isolation and the links to the broader policy context.
- sets out the Welsh Government's suggested approach for the future, and why, and where they think they should be focusing their efforts in partnership with others.
- poses a series of questions designed to facilitate discussion amongst organisations and individuals about what more needs to be done to effectively tackle loneliness and social isolation, including access to services.
More information, a link to the consultation documents and ways to respond are at https://beta.gov.wales/connected-communities-tackling-loneliness-and-social-isolation
The consultation runs until 15 January 2019.