As part of the Geelong Seniors festival we are hosting the Barwon Warm Safe Home project. This community art project is 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 for the Seniors Festival in October 2020.
Crafted houses will be used to create a public exhibition 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.
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.
Geelong Seniors Festival
The Geelong Seniors Festival is the largest community celebration for seniors in regional Victoria and a major partner of the statewide Victorian Seniors Festival. It runs from 1 – 31 October. This year it is a virtual festival with many activities available to do from the comfort of your own home. To check out the program or to find out more visit the festival website.