WORLD Elder Abuse Awareness Day is being championed today (Friday) by Warrington Borough Council and the Warrington Safeguarding Adults Board.
The day aims to raise awareness of the need to safeguard our older residents and urge people to speak out through local events within the community. Nationally, around one in six older people experience some form of abuse in a community settings during the past year.
Cllr Pat Wright, executive board member for adult social care and statutory health said: “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day gives us as a community a chance to raise awareness of such an important issue that affects many members of the community.
“The day hopes to bring to the attention of communities, beyond the awareness day itself, that vulnerable older people in our Warrington communities can suffer from neglect, victimisation and abuse and how important it is for communities to look out for them.
“Some of our elder residents are fearful of coming forward or speaking out. Here in Warrington we want to make sure that people can feel comfortable in approaching the relevant agencies for personal help and support.”
If you want to speak to someone in confidence or are worried about a vulnerable family member or friend, contact the access social care team on 443322 Mon-Fri (444000 out of hours) or the police on 101.
For more useful information on safeguarding please visit and click on the community page.