Context

Scotland's Ageing Population

Loneliness and social isolation is a major public health risk. The increasing population of older people and the resultant demands which will be placed on statutory services is well documented both at local and national levels. The Scottish Government's Single Outcome Agreement guidance identifies older people as a priority group and the need for preventative and anticipatory support to help older people retain their independence for as along as possible in their own homes and communities.

This is precisely what the light-touch, high-impact Good Morning Service does.

By connecting directly to older people up to every day (twice a day if the person has a Good Night Call) the service directly reduces isolation and exclusion thus improves mental health. Improving mental health is a correlating action in maintaining, improving or slowing the decline of physical health.

"Good Morning Service is an outstanding way to prevent social isolation particularly amongst the frail elderly. It promotes compassionate conversations and ensures that care in a home setting is maintained. It should be in every Health and Social Care Partnership in Scotland."
Ian Welsh, CEO, The Health and Social Care Alliance.

Scottish Parliament

Support

As Health Secretary, Alex Neil, officially launched the extension of the service across Glasgow City Council in 2013. Describing the service as 'remarkable' Mr Neil echoed the sentiments of motions raised in parliament regarding the impact of the charity.

Motions raised by MSP Bob Doris (Glasgow) (SNP).

"That the Parliament congratulates the Springburn-based Good Morning Service on its continuing work;...believes that the service is both life-saving and life-enhancing and gives reassurance and peace of mind to many vulnerable people."
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"That the Parliament acknowledges the tremendous contribution Good Morning Project has made to the lives of many vulnerable Glaswegians; congratulates it on its award- winning telephone-based befriending service;...demonstrates the invaluable contribution Good Morning makes to individuals and the community as a whole, and considers that similar services could benefit people throughout Scotland."
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Media

Holyrood Magazine

Chief Executive, Nicky Thomson, was interviewed by Holyrood Magazine on the Good Morning Service and the relationship with the NHS and Social Work.

Click on the link to read the Holyrood Magazine article.

Mainstream Media

STV News at Six covered the official launch of the expanded service.

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Click here to read the Evening Times Newspaper article.

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Health Secretary, Alex Neil, visits Good Morning Service.
Pictured with Nicky Thomson and Alan Dickson.
Photo by Jeff Holmes.