Consultation: Tackling loneliness and social isolation
The Welsh Government is consulting on how to tackle loneliness and social isolation amongst children and adults in Wales.
The Welsh Government notes that 17 percent of the population affected, according to the National Survey for Wales 2016-17, with young people more likely to be lonely than older people.
‘Congested streets and fear of unsafe communities prevent our children from playing outside, where they would be free to meet other children’ are listed amongst the causes of loneliness.
Loneliness and social isolation can lead to a number of physical and psychological problems. The Welsh Government’s proposed approach to tackling the issues is to focus on intervening early to prevent chronic loneliness, given its wider effects on health and wellbeing.
Launching the consultation, the Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies said:
‘As a government, we are committed to securing the best possible health, wellbeing and quality of life for all people in Wales. Preventing people from becoming lonely and isolated must be a national priority for us, because it will not only improve people’s lives, but it will also help reduce demand for health and social services in the future.’
Closing date for responding: 15 January 2019