Yesterday, on 15th June 2022, it was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The abuse of the elderly is a serious issue and something that this day shines some much-needed light on. Support and protection are at the forefront of what the elderly (and anybody) should expect and receive, and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day raises awareness on those who are unfortunately subject to abuse.
It is estimated that around 500,000 elders in the UK alone are imperiled to abuse today. This can include physical, emotional, and financial abuse or neglect. Other variants of abuse are organizational abuse, self-neglect, discriminatory abuse, bullying and modern slavery. This statistic is staggering and upsetting, and as football’s official governing body in Derbyshire, safeguarding the community is a fundamental aspect of the County FA’s role. Therefore, we deem it essential that the importance of this date is highlighted.
World Elder Abuse Day Awareness Day encourages us to raise awareness and provide resources and information in an operation to eradicate abuse from the world. This ties in with our duty to ensure the game and the community are a safe place for those involved, of all ages. At Derbyshire FA, we have several policies in place to help prevent and eliminate abuse and have a dedicated team in place that are knowledgeable and caring. We also provide easy avenues of contact for anybody who wishes to pass on any concerns regarding safeguarding and ensure swift and appropriate action is taken. Read more about our safeguarding and welfare policies here.
So how can you help? There are several ways you can help fundraise for the cause, such as donating to charities which support the elderly and their well-being. You could volunteer somewhere such as a retirement home, assisting the residents and ensuring their safety, wellbeing and happiness is ensured. Even just visiting a loved one and spending time with an elderly relative is helpful to the cause. Finally, make sure to get the word spread on social media!