Borough to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Members of Telford and Wrekin’s Safeguarding Adults Board will be marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with an information stand at Southwater One on Wednesday.

Borough to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
They will be advising visitors to the stand how to recognise and report abuse of older people as well as handing out free purple ribbons, which symbolise action on elder abuse.

During the day, staff will also be visiting Bournville House – an Extra Care scheme in Lightmoor Village – to talk to older adults about the work of the Safeguarding Adults board.

Councillor Arnold England, cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Older People, said: “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is about all of us working together to bring greater awareness and recognition of the mistreatment of older adults, wherever they live.

“It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering that is inflicted on some of our older generations.

“In Telford and Wrekin, the local Adult Safeguarding Board will use the day to promote awareness of elder abuse through the stand at Southwater One and by visiting an extra care scheme to highlight the work they do in preventing abuse locally.

“Everyone has a right to be as safe as they want to be and people need to know that help is out there if they feel unsafe.”

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day happens each year on June 15 and was established in 2006 by the United Nations following representations by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.