Turn Oldham Purple for WEAAD on Tuesday 15 June.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day happens each year on June 15th. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.
What is Elder Abuse? And, who can help? Take a look at and share our Frequently Asked Questions about Elder Abuse: OSAB Elder Abuse Frequently Asked Questions.pdf
Oldham Safeguarding Adults Board have collaborated with our partner Age UK Oldham for this year’s WEAAD campaign. Together, we want to encourage professionals and the public to help end abuse in older people and raise awareness of Elder Abuse.
Age UK Oldham will be giving out information packs to customers in their shops and across their services including to those who utilise their meal delivery service, handyman service, shopping order service and others. Age UK shops will have purple window displays - the colour associated with WEAAD and dignity. We would like to ask you and all our supporters to wear purple and turn Social Media profile pictures purple on 15 June.
Financial Abuse, Fraud and Scams
This year our awareness raising activity is particularly focused on Financial Abuse, Fraud and Scams as instances have increased during the Covid-19 pandemic and throughout lockdowns. Those who are particularly vulnerable may accept help from those who seek to exploit them, as they are at risk without the safeguards offered by regular day-to-day contact with services, family and friends.
Criminals worldwide are tricking millions of people into parting with billions of pounds every year. Scammers are sophisticated, cunning and clever, employing many devious ways of collecting people’s personal information. This enables them to know exactly who to target, and which type of scam those people are most likely to fall for. They contact potential victims by post, phone, email, text and on the doorstep.
What is Fraud? What is Phishing? What should you do if you receive a suspicious email? Take a look at and share our Frequently Asked Questions about Fraud and Scams: OSAB Fraud and Scams Frequently Asked Questions.pdf
Have a look at this fantastic guide from Think Jessica, National Trading Standards, Action Fraud and West Midlands Police. It contains information about identity fraud, phone spoofing scams, courier scams, investment scams, rogue trader scams and many more. The guide also includes some essential information about who to contact for advice and support (click on the image):
Greater Manchester Police have produced a ‘Little Book of Big Scams’ full of information to increase awareness of the vast array of scams that are being used (click on the image)
Visit the Age UK Oldham website to find out more about their work helping vulnerable older people in Oldham. For more information about WEAAD activities and key information, make sure you are following the Twitter accounts: @SafeguardOldham and @AgeUKOldham. Tag us in your photos and use the hashtag #WEAAD2021
Please help us raise awareness by sharing the resources below as widely as possible: