Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick “organisations could learn a lot” from Anchor

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands has stated that organisations “could learn a lot” from Anchor – Shetland Islands Council’s pioneering family support service. Roddick met yesterday with the organisation which provides support to families facing difficult situations, helping them to navigate their struggles before reaching crisis point by providing advice, food packages and clothing.

Voluntary Action Shetland, who Roddick also met, are being included as the third sector representatives in Anchor’s work, helping to provide well-rounded support to struggling families.

Discussing the meeting, Roddick said:

“I was heartened to hear about the incredible work Anchor do to support families in the Shetland Isles.

“Early years intervention is crucial to forming healthy familial relationships, addressing challenging behaviour and promoting emotional management before it reaches crisis point.

“Especially during the pandemic, families have been facing an unprecedented strain on finances and relationships. The work of Anchor in providing emotional and practical support to struggling families is truly invaluable.

“It was really great to hear some success stories coming out of the pandemic. Amidst all the pain and loss, I’m glad to see some progress in breaking down the stigma surrounding social security and third sector involvement.

“I believe that organisations throughout the region could learn a lot from Anchor, Voluntary Action Shetland and Shetland Islands Council’s work, and I will take forward the knowledge they’ve shared with me as a member of the Social Justice and Social Security Committee in the Scottish Parliament.”