New national strategy, one of the first in the world, is being developed to tackle loneliness and isolation.
The draft plan, now open for consultation, will look at the causes of social isolation and loneliness and how they can be addressed.
Views are also being sought on “how communities can build the work of the Scottish Government, and lead on ensuring those at risk of becoming lonely or isolated have access to the right support networks”.
The consultation will run until 30 April.
A debate in the Scottish Parliament on the draft strategy is scheduled for 2:30 pm on Thursday, 18 February 2018.