20 June 2012>
Staff at Caerphilly County Borough Council went purple for the day to raise money and awareness for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
So far the tally has reached £1400, with cash still flooding in! At Penallta House council employees donated money, dressed down, bought raffle tickets and cakes. Those who wanted to raise awareness in a more unusual way completed an abseil off Penallta Rock.
The purpose of this event was to raise awareness of elder and vulnerable adult abuse and what council employees can do to prevent abuse and protect the vulnerable. Hundreds of staff pledged support on signature walls.
Cllr. Robin Woodyatt, Cabinet Member for Social Services congratulated staff, "It is fantastic to see so many council employees fully supporting such a worthwhile and under discussed topic. By raising awareness of Elder Abuse we can help to prevent it occurring in the community."
The awareness event in Caerphilly town centre was a huge success and staff from CCBC and various statutory and voluntary agency partners facilitated a drop in session for the public to raise awareness of elder and vulnerable adult abuse, what can be done to prevent abuse and protect vulnerable people and where advice and support can be obtained.
Over 300 hundred information bags were given out to the public.
Further information about the Protection of Vulnerable Adults Policy and Procedure and Caerphilly POVA team can be found at www.caerphilly.gov.uk/pova/
If you suspect that a vulnerable adult is being subjected to any form of abuse please contact the council's Adult Services Duty Information Team on 0808 100 2500.
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