The Health Inequalities Cross Party Group met on the 31st January to discuss loneliness and social isolation and the impact on health inequalities. The meeting was chaired by co-convenor of the group Donald Cameron MSP.
The opening presentation was from Minister for Older People and Equalities, Christina McKelvie MSP, discussing a ‘A Connected Scotland: Our strategy for tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections’
We also heard from:
Kiren Zubairi, Policy Engagement Officer, Voluntary Health Scotland
Sandra Brown, Scotland and North England Manager, Eden Project Communities
Nicola Hanssen, General Manager, Roar: Connections for Life
Nicola Tomkinson, Senior Health Improvement Programme Officer, NHS Ayrshire and Arran
The draft minutes of the meeting can be read here.
We also have a link to ‘Coorie’ from COPE Scotland.
At the meeting the following organisations were welcomed as new members of the cross party group:
- Scottish Rural Health Partnership
- Breast Cancer Now
- Scottish Obesity Alliance
If you have any questions about this or future meetings of CPG, please get in touch with Lauren Blair.