Regional grants put elder abuse in the spotlight on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

  • 22 regional organisations to receive up to $3,000 each to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June
  • Western Australians urged to “Wise Up, Rise Up Against Elder Abuse”
  • Cook Government committed to the prevention of elder abuse

Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch today announced the recipients of funding for regional initiatives that raise awareness of elder abuse on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on 15 June.

Regional local governments and registered not-for-profit organisations around WA were invited to apply for grants to hold events and activities between 10 and 30 June to celebrate WEAAD.

Metropolitan based organisations were also eligible to apply to run in-person activities in regional areas.

There are 22 organisations set to receive up to $3,000 each for events across the Pilbara, Gascoyne, Kimberley, Great Southern, South West, Goldfields, Peel and Wheatbelt regions.

Events planned include information workshops, education seminars, morning teas and art projects to support local people to work together to identify and respond to elder abuse in their local community.

The grants program is being funded by the Department of Communities and managed by the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre.

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

The tagline “Wise Up, Rise Up Against Elder Abuse” encourages the Western Australian community to find out more about elder abuse, recognise the signs, access support, and take action in their own lives and communities to stop it from happening.

For more information about WEAAD and events around WA, go tohttps://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-communities/world-elder-abuse-awareness-day

As stated by Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch:

“Elder abuse and the mistreatment of older people is a significant issue in our community that has attracted national and local attention, as well as growing momentum for action.

“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.

“Every older Western Australian has a right to feel and be safe. It is vital that as many people as possible are aware of this significant issue and how and where to access support and information.

“People seeking support can call the WA Elder Abuse Helpline and Information Service on 1300 724 679.”

2024 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Grant recipients

Organisation

Event Name

Event Date

Region

Location

TYM4CHANGE (Aboriginal Mental Health Service)

Prevention of Elder Abuse – Morning Tea

Thursday, 20 June 2024

South West

Narrogin

Northwest Multicultural Association

Elder Abuse Morning Tea

Saturday, 15 or Sunday, 16 June 2024

Pilbara

Karratha

Shire of Carnarvon

Raising Awareness about Elder Abuse in Carnarvon

Various events held between: Monday, 10 – Sunday, 16 June, week-long activities

Gascoyne

Carnarvon

Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation

Broome Community Elders – Elder Abuse Morning Tea

Wednesday, 19 June 2024

Kimberley

Broome

Hudson Road Family Centre

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Empowering Seniors to be Savvy

Wednesday, 19 June 2024

South West

Bunbury

Denmark Community Resource Centre Inc

Elder Abuse Information Morning Tea

Thursday, 13 June 2024

Great Southern

Denmark

Gascoyne Community Services Aboriginal Corporation (AKA ABC Foundation)

Elders Social Outing for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Wednesday, 19 and Thursday, 20 June 2024

Gascoyne

Carnarvon

Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS)

Empowering Elders, Respect In Ageing

Saturday, 15 June 2024

Kimberley

Broome

Shire of Pingelly

Planting some HOPE (World Elder Abuse Awareness)

Sunday, 23 June 2024

Wheatbelt

Pingelly

Albany & Regional Volunteer Services

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Morning Tea

Sunday, 16 June 2024

Great Southern

Lockyer

Kondinin Community Resource Centre

Kondinin Community World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Warm Safe Home Project

Saturday, 15 June 2024

Wheatbelt

Kondinin

Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Thursday, 13 June 2024

Kimberley

Fitzroy Crossing

Goldfields Community Legal Centre #1

Wise Words Workshop Kalgoorlie (Elder Abuse Awareness)

Wednesday, 19 June 2024

Goldfields

Kalgoorlie

Waratah Support Centre

Our Elders keep us strong

Various events held on: Monday 10, Monday 17, Wednesday 19 and Monday 24 June

South West

Bunbury, Harvey, Collie, Busselton

Bruce Rock Community Resource Centre

Shine Bright for World Elder Abuse Day event

Wednesday, 12 June 2024

Wheatbelt

Bruce Rock

Shire of Victoria Plains

SoVP World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Wednesday, 26 June 2024

Wheatbelt

Bolgart

Bridgetown Community Resource Centre

Bridgetown is AWARE, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Monday, 10 and Saturday, 15 June 2024

South West

Bridgetown

Peel Community Legal Services Inc

Community Conversation – “Can We Prevent Elder Abuse?”

Thursday, 13 June 2024

Peel

Mandurah

Goldfields Community Legal Centre #2

Wise Words Workshop #2 Kambalda (Elder Abuse Awareness)

Wednesday, 19 June 2024

Goldfields

Kambalda

Boddington Hospital Auxiliary Inc

Boddington Purple Road Senior Abuse Awareness event

Thursday, 13 June 2024

Peel

Boddington

Aboriginal Family Legal Services

Stories, Education, Awareness: Elders Morning Tea

Tuesday, 18 June 2024

Goldfields

Kalgoorlie

Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Corporation

Elder Abuse Awareness – Looking out for our Elders

Various events held between: Monday, 10 – Sunday, 30 June 2024

Wheatbelt

Kellerberrin, Moora, Quairading and Wongan Hills and Northam

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