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Seniors Rights Victoria flagship WEAAD event

For for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2022, on Wednesday the 15th of June, Seniors Rights Victoria hosted our flagship event, Stir a Cuppa with Seniors. The event was held at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club in Flagstaff Gardens.

Gerard Mansour, Ambassador for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the Commissioner for Victorian Seniors, facilitated a panel discussion. The panel included Dr. Marlene Krasovitsky, Co-Chair and Director of EveryAGE Counts campaign, SRV volunteer Joe Caruso, radio host and community leader, Rena Frangioudaki, and Adonis Antonios Maglis from Pronia.

At the event SRV officially released our new grandparenting Help Sheet.

To celebrate the importance of intergenerational relationships SRV's Education Co-ordinator, Gary Ferguson, interviewed two young people about their grandparents. We heard about the unique and positive relationship children can have with their grandparents.

The event was live streamed on Facebook and you can watch the recording here.

Visit our Elder Abuse Awareness Day website. There you'll find more about WEAAD as well as ideas, resources, and tools for you to get involved and join us in promoting the rights of older people. Promoting these rights is a key way to prevent elder abuse occurring in our communities.

Resources in other languages

Our colleagues at The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) have developed bookmarks and posters in 20 languages to raise awareness of the issue of elder abuse.

All 20 language versions will be available to download on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), Wednesday 15 June 2022.

Download resources here

Hume City Council WEAAD morning tea

SRV's Education Co-ordinator, Gary Ferguson, attended a WEAAD morning tea, provided by Hume City Council. Gary presented to the crowd of over 100 people, to help them understand elder abuse, their rights and how to prevent and respond to abuse.

After the presentation, Seniors Rights Victoria was informed that one person, who was in attendance, was enabled to stop their family members’ bullying by indicating they would contact the Helpline. Knowledge can be power!

Gary Ferguson presenting at Hume City Council's WEAAD morning tea

WEAAD around the world

SRV was contacted by The Frederick Douglass Senior Center in New York, about their WEAAD event.
They held a presentation pertaining to elder abuse and conducted a “Stir a cuppa with seniors” event. They sent us this great photo collage, displaying some of their seniors with their cups of tea and suggestions on how to stop elder abuse. What a great initiative.

If you had a WEAAD event and want to share your photos with us please email lbest@seniorsrights.org.au

If you, or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, help is available through our confidential helpline on 1300 368 821.

If it is an emergency, call 000.
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