Held annually on the 15th June, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an annual international UN observance day.
The Mid West Interagency Safeguarding Committee was established in mid 2017 and, as the name suggests, has multi-agency representation from the statutory, voluntary and business sector. Safeguarding is an issue that requires the commitment of many agencies. Representation on the Mid West Interagency Safeguarding Committee includes the HSE, An Garda Siochana, Active Retirement Ireland, Ulster Bank, the Disability Federation of Ireland, SAGE, Clare County Council, the Confidential Recipient, and Cheshire Ireland.
The purpose of the committee is to promote the rights of vulnerable adults and to help safeguard them from abuse. The committee aims to do this through education, information-sharing (not information relating to individuals), promotion of public awareness and policy development within individual agencies.
With a growing population of older people, abuse is an increasing and serious problem that affects health and human rights. It is vital to raise awareness in an effort to prevent it whenever and wherever possible.
A number of events were held in the Mid West to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
On Wednesday 13th June, the Mid-West Interagency Safeguarding Committee planted a tree in Raheen Business Park. The planting of the tree will act as a reminder to people of the issue of elder abuse.
Other awarenesss raising events were held in Cappamore Day Centre, St. Conlon’s Community Nursing Unit Nenagh , the Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit Roscrea, St. Cronan’s Services Roscrea and members of Age Friendly Roscrea hosted various awareness raising events.
The events took place in the past week and residents and people utilising the services turned out in the colour purple, used as a symbol for World Elder Abuse Awareness day. Homes and services were decorated, purple balloons were released and the purple decor and flowers in each location created a real spectacle to all who joined in the events. People were encouraged and supported to highlight the types of abuse, they read them aloud to all in attendance and were given information on how and where to access support.
If you have concerns or worries that abuse may be happening to you, someone you know, or somebody in your community, you can contact the Safeguarding & Protection Team, Limerick. Phone: 061 457100 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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