Action on Elder Abuse to launch Elder Abuse Recovery Service in Brighton

Action on Elder Abuse to launch Elder Abuse Recovery Service in Brighton

Brighton has been chosen as the first city outside of London for Action on Elder Abuse’s successful Elder Abuse Recovery Service (EARS) Volunteering and Befriending Scheme, which will launch on Monday, 26th April 2016. Following the establishment of EARS in three London boroughs one year ago, the program is now in its second phase as Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) expands its national reach in recognition of the magnitude of elder abuse in the United Kingdom.

Operating with funding received from both The Big Lottery and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner’s Enhanced Victims’ Fund, the service will offer a volunteer and befriending service to older people recovering from elder abuse in the city of Brighton. AEA, the UK’s only charity dedicated to elder abuse, reports that more than 500,000 older people are affected by elder abuse each and recently announced that calls to its Elder Abuse Response helpline had doubled in one year.

The EARS service will offer support to victims of elder abuse with the assistance of a volunteer, and will encourage independence built on self-esteem and confidence, as well as help in reintegrating victims back into their communities. The support provided will be either face-to-face or on the phone, depending on the client, and volunteers and befrienders will be fully trained by Action on Elder Abuse and matched with clients based on their needs and wishes.

The Elder Abuse Recovery Service (EARS) Volunteering and Befriending Scheme will officially launch in Brighton on Tuesday 26th April and an inaugural event will be held at The Grand.

AEA’s Chief Executive, Gary FitzGerald, will speak at the event as will the charity’s chairman, Dr John Beer, and figures from the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioners office will also be present.

For more information on EARS, or if you would like to attend the launch event, please email Carly Snead at carlysnead@elderabuse.org.uk or enquiries@elderabuse.org.uk. Alternatively, you can call  us on 020 8835 9280.

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