COMMUNITY groups and work teams are being encouraged to come up with a purple plan to help highlight adult safeguarding.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Friday 15 June aims to raise awareness of adult abuse, how to recognise the signs and how to report it.
Tameside Safeguarding Adult Board is urging the local community to help highlight the day by embracing the purple theme and organising a fun activity with a serious message.
Many adults over the age of 18 rely on other people to help them in their day to day living. This may be due to illness, disability or frailty. They 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.
There are all sorts of way people can get involved in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – from wearing purple to work to baking purple cupcakes, knitting purple items or planting up purple hanging baskets. Community groups and care homes could also organise a purple quiz with purple theme questions or host a purple tea party.
They key part is to ensure your event also raises awareness of adult abuse and the message that it is should not be tolerated.
Anyone planning an event can contact Safeguarding Adults Marie Hare on 0161 342 5243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the downloadable pack with ideas, materials, posters and quiz questions to help you plan your activity.
Marie said: “This is a great opportunity for community groups and work teams to get involved in organising a fun activity that will also help highlight a very important message. We would love to hear what you are planning so we can help to highlight the message even further so do get in touch.”
Pictured (L to R): Cathy Heywood: Safeguarding Adults Business Support, Marie Hare: Safeguarding Adults Performance Management Officer, Pam Gough: Safeguarding Adults Co-ordinator and Andrew Searle: Independent Chair, Adults Safeguarding Partnership Board (TASPB).