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Town marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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Date: Monday 15 June
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Warrington Hospital Foyer

To mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day this year (15 June), people are urged to think about the vulnerable adults and older people in their communities.

To draw focus to the day, there will be an information stall at Warrington Hospital foyer on Monday 15 June between 10-2pm. The day will raise awareness of how to recognise and report abuse, and staff will be on hand to offer advice.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes place every year with the aim of raising awareness about abuse and neglect of older people. The day aims to focus attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders and promotes the resources and services that work to increase victim safety.

Cllr Pat Wright, executive board member for statutory health and adult social care said: “It’s really important to us that all vulnerable residents are able to live safely and free from fear of abuse or victimisation.

“The day is about all of us working together to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older people and highlight the need for action.

“As a council, we are committed to combating abuse and neglect and together, we can raise a helping hand to those who really need it.”

You can wear a purple ribbon to mark WEAAD. You can find out more about the ribbons here: http://elderabuseawarenessday.org.au/for-councils/purple-ribbons/.

The council’s trading standards team is cracking down on doorstep crimes and scams and encouraging people to be aware of the risks. More information about common scams will be available during ‘scams month’ in July.

If you want to speak to someone in confidence or are worried about an elderly family member or friend, contact the access social care team on 01925 444239 Mon-Fri (01925 444000 out of hours) or the police on 101 (01925 652222 out of hours).

For information about staying safe you can also visit the council website at www.warrington.gov.uk/safeguarding.

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