Warm Safe Home project. “My youngest daughter, when she was little, was as cheeky as they come. When she wrapped her little arms around me it was the best feeling in the world.
“She started taking money here and there. She said it would help pay my bills. And then she was asking for more. And then the bank rang. I didn’t think this could happen to me. It was her sister that said something in the end.
“Elder abuse is hard to picture but it happens every day. What starts out small doesn’t stay that way for long.” Story based on a true story of elder abuse from the Respect Victoria – Respect Older People Call It Out Campaign
The Barwon Warm Safe Home project is a community art project about taking a stand against elder abuse in our community. We are inviting community members to harness their inner artist and help us make 1,000 crafted houses. (as pictured here)
Crafted houses will be used to create a public exhibition, at the Geelong Library in December, to raise awareness and increase the respect and dignity of older people in our community.
Participants and community members will also be invited to participate in the Warm Safe Home Community Forum on Wednesday 25th November in partnership with Bellarine Community Health, which will feature special guest speakers and an opportunity to connect with your community.
Warm Safe Home Craft kits are FREE to anyone interested in participating in our project from home. To request a kit contact us on 1300 430 599 or via email. https://barwoncls.org/barwon-warm-safe-home-project/
What is Elder Abuse?
Elder Abuse is defined as any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
Barwon Elder Abuse Primary Prevention Network
The Warm Safe Home project is an initiative of the Barwon Elder Abuse Primary Prevention Network (BEAPP) – a network of organisations committed to preventing elder abuse before it starts. The BEAPP Network provides a variety of inclusive community activities and workshops to change social attitudes and prevent elder abuse and violence against older people.