The Zubairi Report: the lived experience of loneliness and social isolation in Scotland, is now available online.

The qualitative study investigates the loneliness and social isolation experienced by under-represented demographics in Scotland, who often face multiple triggers including socio-economic disadvantage, poor access to transport and a lack of places and spaces that encourage connectedness and foster belonging. The primary research was conducted with women from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, people living in a socio-economically deprived area, people living and working in rural communities, and paid and unpaid carers of people receiving palliative care.

The intention of the research is to highlight perspectives and voices on loneliness and social isolation which are not often heard and use these to produce a clear and informed understanding of what loneliness and social isolation is, what causes it, why for some it becomes chronic and what can be done at an individual, societal and governmental level to tackle it.

Development of Services for people with Learning Disability across Dumfries and Galloway

The partnership has continued to look at our current service and support arrangements across Dumfries and Galloway.  The views and experiences people have shared have helped improve their understanding of present and future needs. They have now gained approval from Dumfries and Galloway Integration Joint Board at the November meeting last week to proceed with the development of a local partnership strategy for Learning Disability.This will include involving people who receive services, their families and the wider partnership in co-producing future sustainable services and mapping opportunities for people with Learning Disability across Dumfries and Galloway. This approach helps to set out clearly what the priorities are and shows how the plans and objectives will impact on the lives of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers. Successful development of a local strategy for individuals with a learning disability and their families will build on existing strong relationships across the partnership. 


Job Vancacy - Early Learning and Childcare Practitioners and Lead

Bright Starts are looking for enthusiastic, nurturing, motivated, child-centred people to work as part of their Nursery team, providing early years provision to 2-5 year olds. They have a focus on outdoor learning and their sessions are child led. Sessions run Tues, Wed, Fri 9-3 and they are seeking both permanent part-time and supply staff. A variety of contracts are available for up to 18.5 hours a week (negotiable). 

Working with Scotland's Communities Survey

This survey is part of research commissioned by Education Scotland and CLD Standards Council into the community learning and development workforce. Rocket Science UK Ltd has been commissioned to conduct this research. The closing date for this survey is Friday 7th December 2018.


Join the discussion

The Scottish Parliament are using Dialogue as a tool to help generate new, forward thinking ideas in response to specific challenges facing Scotland today. You can get involved in discussions and debates by submitting your own ideas or reading, rating and commenting on those submitted by others. 

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Current Challenges: 

  • Mental health support for young people in Scotland (Professionals)
  • Mental health support for young people in Scotland (Parents and Carers)
  • Mental health support for young people in Scotland (Young People)

Equally Safe delivery plan: year one update

The Scottish Government, CoSLA and key partners are committed to preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls. Equally Safe was developed by the Scottish Government and COSLA in association with a wide range of partners from public and third sector organisations.

This report provides an overview of progress made to date and sets out priorities for the year ahead.

The Learning Disability Awards

Nominations for the Scottish Learning Disability Awards are now open!
So if you know a person or group of people with learning disabilities who you think deserve recognition for their talents, achievements or contribution to their community, then it’s time to get nominating!

Ending homelessness and rough sleeping: action plan

Following on from the above report, Scottish Government later published this Action Plan on Tuesday which sets out the direction for real and lasting change towards ending homelessness. Housing is one of the most important factors in any person’s quality of life. This plan sets out the wide range of measures needed to have in place that help prevent homelessness in the first place and ensure that when it does happen, the needs of people experiencing homelessness are addressed as quickly as possible to get back to a settled home.