It’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on 15 June. This year, Seniors Rights Victoria is celebrating WEAAD by encouraging everyone to participate in the Warm Safe Home Project, an initiative of the South West Victoria Elder Abuse Prevention Network.
The project is using art to start conversations about elder abuse and to spread the message that everyone has the right to live free from violence and fear. Men’s Shed Warrnambool have made small cardboard houses that are mailed flat for assembly at home. Participants are invited to decorate their houses and write a message responding to a prompt, such as:
- What does a warm safe house mean to you?
- What was it about your grandparent’s house that made you feel safe and loved?
- What do you wish people understood about older people?
Participants can take photo of their house and, if they like, share it on social media. On Twitter, tweets should be tagged with @seniorsrights. On Facebook, tag us at @seniorsrightsvictoria or post it on our page. Or, you can email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post on social media for you.
To get a house sent out to you, contact Seniors Rights Victoria by telephoning the Helpline 1300 368 821.