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Monday, June 24, 2024

Crafting a safer world for seniors one home at a time

Seniors Rights Victoria, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria, Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG), and the City of Melbourne Council are set to showcase the creative and compassionate efforts of Victorians on the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

OnJune 13th, the Melbourne Town Hall will house an exhibition of crafted Warm Safe Homes (pictured) created all throughout Victoria, in an event hosted by the City of Melbourne Council and opened by Deputy Lord Mayor, Nicholas Reece.

Victorian Minister for Ageing, Ingrid Stitt, will officially launch the Warm Safe Home program itself, also activating an online exhibition of Warm Safe Homes that can be viewed at any time on the WEAAD website.

Hosted by COTA Victoria board member and the former Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention, Gerard Mansour, the event will feature presentations from HAAG CEO Fiona York, Seniors Rights Victoria Acting CEO Ben Rogers, and Homes Melbourne Director Jo Cannington. It will conclude with an all-important intergenerational discussion on elder abuse between Warm Same Home program participants.

“In situations of elder abuse, the home can become a place of danger. The Warm Safe Home project is incredibly important in educating Victorians on what elder abuse is, and how to work to prevent it from occurring,” said Seniors Rights Victoria Acting CEO, Ben Rogers.

“We’re extremely fortunate to be working with Housing for the Aged Action Group on this piece of our larger World Elder Abuse Awareness Day program, and thank the City of Melbourne and the Minister for Ageing, Ingrid Stitt, for their assistance in launching this vital campaign and exhibition.”

Doors open for the event at 9.30 am on 13 June, with the program running between 10am to noon. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day follows on June 15th.

A small number of free tickets to the showcase are available to the public, available on the Humanitix ticketing platform.

Other WEAAD events taking place around Victoria, Melbourne, and the world can be viewed on the WEAAD website.

If you are in Victoria and experiencing elder abuse, help is available through Seniors Rights Victoria’s Helpline (1300 368 821) or website.

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