'Social isolation and loneliness can affect anyone - at all ages and stages of life. As society changes, there is increasing recognition of social isolation and lonelinessas major public health issue that can have a significant impact on a person’s physical and mental health.'
A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation andloneliness and building stronger communities Scottish Government January 2018
Families First St Andrews is a small charity based in St Andrews supporting children aged 5-16 years and their families who live in north east Fife.
These children, and their families, face many challenges in life including Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), various learning disabilities, social and emotional problems, mental health issues, challenges in school and poverty.
Isolation can be a significant challenge to the children we work with due to either their personal circumstances or rural location.