March Action on Elder Abuse Group is celebrating its first year in operation and a £5,000 Lottery boost.
The money will help to support its vital work with victims of elder abuse in the area.
The group was officially launched last July 31. Its aim is to support older people who have experienced abuse and want to recover from the resulting emotional and psychological damage.
The AEA March Group works to combat elder abuse locally in and near Fenland and support victims aged 55 plus by providing them with a trained volunteer ‘buddy’.
Speaking about the Lottery funding, Dee Potter, secretary/volunteer coordinator, said: “It will help enormously towards the promotion of the group and the continued support that can be given to those affected by abuse.”
The group meets once a month at the Evangelical Church, Upwell Road, March. It is run by a chairperson, secretary, volunteer coordinator and treasurer supported by the AEA project coordinator.
Group members are encouraged to choose one or more roles for which they will be trained and supported. These are:
To be a buddy; to visit older people in care homes and hospitals; to provide peer support at monthly meetings; to raise awareness of elder abuse locally
The agenda is a Group decision but includes peer support, discussions, speakers, training and planning campaigns and social activities. New volunteers are always welcome and experience great satisfaction in working to safeguard people.
To find out more about volunteering or if you want help recovering from abuse, contact Dee on 07950147974.