There are less than two weeks left to visit the Warm Safe Home exhibition at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre.
Artists, seniors, children and other community members have their paper houses on display for the Warm Safe Home exhibition to educate and raise awareness of the signs and impacts of elder abuse.
The exhibition highlights the importance of the rights of the elderly to be protected from physical, social, financial, psychological, and sexual abuse, neglect or mistreatment.
The City partnered with the Barwon Elder Abuse Primary Prevention Network to fund the project through Seniors Month in October and Geelong Regional Library Corporation to host the exhibition.
Warm Safe Home craft kits were distributed throughout Seniors Month.
The free kits were sent to anyone participating in the project, seniors’ groups, Men’s Sheds, Neighbourhood Houses, craft makers and artists.
The decorated paper houses have been on display at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre since 10 December and will be exhibited until 7 January.
Many organisations have participated in the project: Barwon Elder Abuse Primary Prevention Network, Geelong Regional Library Corporation, Bellarine Community Health, Prestige inhome Care, Health, Bethany Community Support, Diversitat, the Orange Door, Victoria Police, Dementia Australia, Better Place Australia and Barwon Community Legal Service.
The Orange Door – 1800 312 820
1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
Seniors Rights Victoria – 1300 368 821
Barwon Community Legal Service – 1300 430 599
Councillor Sarah Mansfield, Chair of the Community Health and Aged Care portfolio:
It’s been a difficult year for all, and unfortunately there’s been an increase in older people impacted by family violence.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and live free from fear, especially within their own home.
By asking the community to showcase their idea of what a warm safe home looks like, we’ve created an opportunity to raise awareness about elder abuse, its causes, and the things that can be done to prevent it.