Social Isolation and Loneliness Winter Fund 2023 Report

Working as a respectedpartner of the Scottish Government, Befriending Networks managed a small grants programme which was available to our Scottish members in January 2023.Befriending Services have been a crucial part of the third sector response to tackling loneliness, but limited resources and rising costs remain a key challenge in meeting the needs of the many referrals they have received and some of the people they support. Many of these service users are also those most affected by the cost-of-living crisis. This document is our report on this fund.