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Scottish Parliament Report on Age and Isolation Launched at Craft Café

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The Equal Opportunities Committee launched its report on the extent and impact of social isolation on older and younger people living in Scotland at Viewpoint Craft Café yesterday. The event was attended by Margaret McCulloch MSP, Convener of the Equal Opportunities Committee and Christian Allard MSP, along with Craft Café members from Edinburgh and Glasgow and a host of reporters and journalists.

Programme Manager Natalie McFadyen White had given evidence at the parliamentary enquiry on the subject earlier on in the year, along with a host of other organisations working with people who had experienced isolation and loneliness.

She said:

“Impact Arts developed Craft Café as a creative solution to the plight of isolation and loneliness that older people were experiencing back in 2009. We were so confident about the need for preventative spend in this area that we undertook a Social Return on Investment Report in 2011 which evidenced that for every £1 invested into the Craft Café programme, there was a saving of £8.27 for the public purse.

“I'm pleased that this report has generated a lot of publicity and has brought the issue to the attention of both the wider public and the Scottish Government. I'm looking forward to seeing what, if any, changes take place based on the findings of the report.

“In the meantime, Impact Arts will continue to run Craft Café workshops for over 60’s in Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire. I would encourage anyone who is feeling isolated or knows of any family members in these areas to get involved and encourage others to do the same.”

Natalie talks in more detail on the subject on STV News and Scotland Tonight.

Find your nearest Craft Café.

Read the Scottish Parliament's Age and Isolation Report and watch their film on the launch. Images courtesy of Tom Finnie.

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