Fund launched to tackle social isolation and loneliness

SUPPORTERS of community and co-operative housing might be interested in applying for a new funding pot launched by the Scottish Government.

Says the government, here, of its £3.8 million Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund, that it is “part of a new plan, Recovering our Connections, that aims to reduce inequality by bringing people from communities across Scotland together”.

The fund will be issued up to July 2026, with expressions of interest requiring to be submitted by the 31st of this month.

The government announcement quotes Equalities and Older People’s Minister, Christina McKelvie, as saying: “As our society changes, there is increasing recognition of social isolation and loneliness as major public health issues that can have a significant impact on a person’s physical and mental wellbeing.”

Pictured: Former Inverkeithing primary school, Fife; now a proposed cohousing project, Picture credit: Tom Morton

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