Becoming more connected across Scotland

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In December 2018 the Scottish Government published A Connected Scotland, a first national strategy to tackle loneliness and social isolation. A Connected Scotland outlines a vision for Scotland where communities are strong and inclusive, and individuals are empowered to come together to make new connections.

The strategy sets out a long-term approach to tackling loneliness and isolation in Scotland covering the period 2018–2026, and recognises the need for all sectors of society, whether that be government, public sector, third sector or local communities, to work towards achieving this vision.

How National Lottery funding has helped

For 25 years The National Lottery Community Fund has supported charities and community groups across the country. So this week, we are publishing a paper on how our National Lottery funding has supported the third sector in Scotland to help communities and individuals to become more connected.

We are launching the paper at an event in Glasgow on Thursday 26th of February.

Over the last five years we have supported more than 550 projects which in some way work to reduce isolation and loneliness, committing more than £60 million. As can be seen in the map below, these projects cover the length and breadth of the country.

Map showing wide distribution of funded projects across Scotland, covering all local authorities

Download the report now to find out more, including case studies and key findings.

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