Western Neighbourhood Network (NN) - Tackling Social Isolation Questionnaire

Closed 16 Aug 2021

Opened 8 Jul 2021


Social Isolation Provision In Drumbrae, Gyle, Corstorphine & Murrayfield                                                                        

The Western Neighbourhood Network want to improve local services and the quality of life for local people living in the Drumbrae, Gyle, Corstorphine, Murrayfield areas of Edinburgh.

To help do so, The Council’s Lifelong Learning Team are supporting the Neighbourhood Network to better understand where good examples of practice exist to support people experiencing social isolation and to also help understand where there may be gaps.

The impact of COVID has highlighted social isolation as a priority issue in the Western neighbourhoods, affecting all age groups.

We know that many voluntary organisations, community groups, churches, volunteers, good neighbours and council services have provided a range of support, helping people feel less socially isolated in their homes and more connected to their communities.

We want to capture this level of support and establish a base line of current services: with the aims to recognise services and to identify any gaps or any unmet needs, as we continue to move out of COVID lockdown and beyond.

We are aware that some people and groups are still struggling and may need some additional help to recover and regain their confidence to join in community life. Social Isolation is located within a spectrum of needs ranging from clinical services to a more lighter touch. We are especially interested in capturing and developing the “lend and elbow approach “   (for example: practical support within the community).

I would appreciate if you could take five minutes of your time fill in this survey monkey questionnaire and return it to Pauline Fordyce (Lifelong Learning Development Officer) by Friday 30th July.

Why your views matter

To map the services and activities already taking place that help tackle social isolation in this Neighbourhood Network area, and help identify gaps in provision

What happens next

Thanks for sharing information about what services and activities your project currently provides to tackle Social Isolation.

The Western Neighbourhood Network will be back in touch with a summary of findings and also to discuss working together to fill any gaps.

If you have any queries, please contact Pauline Fordyce on  pauline.fordyce@ea.edin.sch.uk or call 07845 015971  


  • Ward 3 - Drum Brae/Gyle
  • Ward 6 - Corstorphine/Murrayfield


  • Businesses
  • Civil and public servants
  • Voluntary sector/volunteers
  • Community councils
  • Education institutions
  • Libraries


  • Looked after and accommodated children
  • Adults and Older People
  • Carers
  • Children and Families
  • Disabilities
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • People with mental health issues
  • People with addictions
  • Adult and community learning & development
  • Nurseries and childcare
  • Parental engagement
  • Schools
  • Youth clubs and participation