Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has welcomed the news Minister for Older People Christina McKelvie hopes to make a visit “very very soon” to meet with the Retired Farming Social Group in the region.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP asked the SNP Government how they tackle social isolation among older people living in rural communities, with a specific focus on the work of the Retired Farming Social Group.
Mr Carson asked a follow up question highlighting the success of the group in bringing people together, but also pursued how the SNP Government can assist the group going forward, particularly in terms of funding.
The Minister replied that the Government had been in touch to offer routes into further funding, including around community planning.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “The Retired Social Farming Group has been a wonderful success since launching two years ago, helping to reduce social isolation among the agricultural industry.
“Social isolation and loneliness is a major issue across rural communities and supporting groups like the Retired Social Farming Group is absolutely vital to improving that situation.
“With travel costs spiralling, the group are at risk so I was pleased that the Minister is planning a visit in the very near future to engage with them.
“I hope that the proper support and resources will be found for the group who have done so much excellent work in such a short space of time to help those people who really need it.”