PURPLE tea parties and purple quizzes were among the many colourful activities that took place in Tameside to highlight to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on 15 June 2018.
Tameside Safeguarding Adult Board encouraged community groups and work teams across the borough to hold purple theme events to raise awareness of adult abuse, help people recognise the signs and report it.
There were 957 adult safeguarding concerned raised in Tameside during 2016/17. Many adults over the age of 18 rely on other people to help them in their day to day living and may be at risk from people they know such as a relative, friend, neighbour or paid carer, or, less frequently, by a stranger.
Abuse may occur anywhere including in their own home, in care homes or in day care centres or hospitals and it can take many forms – it can be financial and emotional as well as physical.
A purple afternoon tea party was held on 14 June at the Whittaker Day Unit at Tameside Hospital – a specialist unit run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust for older people with mental health issues. It will also included talks on supporting vulnerable people in staying safe at home and in the community. While Oakwood care Home in Stalybridge held a purple coffee morning. Elsewhere, work teams raised awareness by dressing in purple for the day.
Anyone wishing to hold their own purple event can see this link for ideas and to download the purple quiz and posters. Please share your purple event photographs on social media using #WEAAD to help spread the word.
Assistant Executive Member Cllr Dawson Lane, who sits on Tameside Safeguarding Adults Board, said: ““It’s great to see people of all ages and all from parts of the community get involved in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to help highlight this important safeguarding message.
“We all have a responsibility to help protect vulnerable people in our community and get help for those experiencing abuse – especially as they are not usually in a position to seek help for themselves. If you know of a worrying situation, please do not ignore it – there is confidential advice, help and support available.
For further information and to report concerns call 0161 342 2400 or see www.tameside,gov.uk/adultabuse
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