14 June 2012>
Staff from Caerphilly county borough council will be going 'over the edge' on Friday (15th June) to raise awareness about elder abuse.
The council's Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA) Team is organising a charity abseil off Penallta Rocks in Ystrad Mynach to mark World Elder Abuse Day. Staff from across the authority have signed up to take part in the challenge to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause.
The team are also organising a public 'drop in' session at The Visit Caerphilly Centre to on Friday 15th June between 10.00am and 2.00pm.
Concerns about elder abuse in the community will be put under the spotlight at this special multi-agency information event, with representatives on hand from a number of agencies, offering advice in a friendly and informal setting.The agencies attending the event include Social Services, Gwent Police, Disability CANDO Advocacy, Age Concern Advocacy, Stroke Association, Adult Services Duty Information Team and Llamau.
This will be the fifth annual event that the team have held to raise awareness on how to report abuse and how to seek support for members of the community who are vulnerable and less able to defend themselves against abuse.
Cllr Robin Woodyatt, Cabinet Member for Social Services for Caerphilly CBC, said, "Abuse against the older people of our community is unacceptable. We must protect vulnerable adults from such behaviour and raising awareness with an event such as this will go some way in stopping elder abuse in our borough completely."
World Elder Abuse Day is co-ordinated across the UK by the charity Action on Elder Abuse.
If you suspect that a vulnerable adult is being subjected to any form of abuse or neglect please contact the council's Adult Services Duty Information Team on 0808 100 2500.
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