Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Funding pledged for elder abuse awareness programs

WA Minister for Seniors and Ageing, Don Punch, has today announced grant funding of $52,500 for regional initiatives that raise awareness of elder abuse ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on 15 June.

Registered not-for-profit organisations and regional councils around Western Australia can apply for grants of up to $3,000 to hold initiatives from 10-30 June to raise awareness of elder abuse.

Since 2011, WEAAD has been officially recognised by the United Nations and provides an opportunity for people around the world to unite in voicing opposition to elder abuse and the suffering it inflicts upon victims.

“Elder abuse is a significant issue in our community that has attracted national and local attention, as well as growing momentum for action,” said Minister Punch (pictured).

“It is a complex social, health and human rights issue experienced and carried out by Western Australians of all backgrounds.

“This grants program is designed to highlight World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in regional areas and builds on a successful regional grants program last year.

“It is vital that as many people as possible are aware of this significant issue and how and where to access support and information.”

The grants program will be delivered by the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre, with funding from the Department of Communities through an open competitive grants process closing on 12 April 2024.

Anyone seeking support can call the Elder Abuse Helpline and Information Service on 1300 724 679.

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