Warm Safe Home project raises awareness for elder abuse

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Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV), a key service provided by the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria has partnered with Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) to revitalise the Warm Safe Home project.

The trio will actively work with other community groups and grassroots organisations to raise awareness of elder abuse, housing affordability, and other issues facing older Victorians, including those in Melton and Moorabool, in the lead up to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15.

The Warm Safe Home project uses community art and the icon of the house to talk about older people’s right to feel safe and live free from fear.

Participating groups will be provided with a comprehensive Warm Safe Home toolkit and crafting templates to facilitate artistry, creation, and engagement in the months leading to WEAAD.

Once completed, participating organisations will arrange to display the homes in public places in their local areas, on the WEAAD website and as part of a showcase awareness event that will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on June 13.

Seniors Rights Victoria and COTA Victoria chief executive Chris Potaris said in situations of elder abuse, the home can become a place of danger.

“Raising awareness of the scourge that is elder abuse ahead of WEAAD is of utmost importance,” he said.