8 Apr 2019
Welsh Government has completed its consultation on Connected Communities: Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation and published a summary of the 234 responses.
Messages from these responses include:
- The sector needs longer-term, more sustainable funding of
three-to-five years, to avoid schemes having to close soon after
they have been set up.
- Welsh Government should encourage employers to set up
volunteering schemes to enable staff to take time off to
- Welsh Government should set up a national awareness campaign to
- Community infrastructure should support social connections such
as access to community spaces, a good transport network, access to
digital technology, good quality accessible housing and good
- Better access to information about available services.
- Better resourced community transport services.
- Ministerial responsibility for loneliness and isolation should
response to the consultation also commented that:
- The social care sector and third sector need to develop better
- More use of, and greater awareness of, social prescribing
- It should be recognised the much volunteering is informal
- Social capital has a vital role in tackling loneliness and
The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services said: 'We
want to ensure that we take the time to take full account of the
responses, the evidence base and the feedback from our engagement
events, in order to develop a comprehensive, cross-government
response to what is a multi- faceted issue and one which will meet
stakeholders' expectations. We aim to publish a final strategy
later this year.'