World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

June 15

What is WEAAD?

The 15th of June every year marks the United Nations internationally recognised day - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

 As the peak body for elder abuse in Western Australia, Advocare is proud to be at the forefront of raising public awareness and supporting older people experiencing or at risk of experiencing abuse from family or friends.

What the day is about 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day seeks to prevent elder abuse incidents by giving targeted information and encouraging community participation on a broad scale.The day is about all of us working together to bring greater recognition of the mistreatment of older people wherever they live, and to highlight the need for appropriate action.

Who can participate 

Anyone can participate to help raise awareness about World Elder Abuse Awareness day. We encourage organisations such as aged care facilities, day centres, hospitals, and individuals both metro and regionally.  Join us if you are passionate about upholding older people's rights to live without exploitation, abuse or fear.

WEAAD Champions

Last year saw an increase in the number of champions helping to raise awareness about elder abuse.

  • In Bunbury, a community service provider organised a rally in Paisley Square.  Participants incorporated the colour purple into their clothing and carried purple balloons and brochures.  They were supported by students at the BunburySenior High School who carried purple flags and placards promoting WEAAD
  • Social work staff at Geraldton Hospital devised an elder abuse questionnaire for staff and set up a WEAAD display featuring posters and brochures in the foyer of Geraldton Hospital
  • Legal Aid set up information stalls at several of their branches across WA
  • The City of Joondalup has informatin displays at each of the libraries 

Go on, Get Involved!

Events and activities taken up by organisations and individuals vary in nature. Below are some examples to assist you in ideas about what you might do.

  • Quizzes
  • Morning / afternoon teas
  • Tree plantings
  • Community Walks
  • Essay competitions
  • Roundtables
  • Hypothetical’s
  • Themed Sporting events – football, athletic clubs etc
  • High Tea
  • Come and Try days – Sports/exercise programs, crafts
  • Concerts
  • Information display

FREE Starter Pack!

A free starter pack  filled with balloons, posters, fundraising boxes plus much more is available to assist you with your event.

Click here to fill out the registration form and receive your free pac

If you would like to be involved in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day please contact the Marketing and Education Coordinator on 9479 7566.

We look forward to commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015 with you!

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