Group will help combat abuse of elderly people

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A new group to help combat abuse of the elderly has been launched in Eastbourne by a charity and East Sussex County Council.

The community-based scheme to combat elder abuse and support victims launched in town on Thursday ( July 25).

The Eastbourne branch of 'Action on Elder Abuse' was launched with a special seminar. (L to R) Gloria Everleigh of Eastbourne AEA, Shirley Harmer of Lancing AEA, Angie Turner of ESCC Social Services, Paul Rowling recovered from abuse and now a trainer for Eastbourne AEA, Gary Fitzgerald CEO of AEA and Geoff Patmore Chair of Lancing AEA. July 25th 2013 E30197P

The Eastbourne branch of 'Action on Elder Abuse' was launched with a special seminar. (L to R) Gloria Everleigh of Eastbourne AEA, Shirley Harmer of Lancing AEA, Angie Turner of ESCC Social Services, Paul Rowling recovered from abuse and now a trainer for Eastbourne AEA, Gary Fitzgerald CEO of AEA and Geoff Patmore Chair of Lancing AEA. July 25th 2013 E30197P

National charity Action on Elder Abuse, with the help of East Sussex County Council, is launching the support group which will be run by volunteers.

It will serve as a point of contact for those concerned about abuse of elderly people.

The group will be working to combat elder abuse in the area in and around Eastbourne and will be focussing on supporting victims of abuse aged 55 and over.

The new group will also help elderly people to recover from the emotional and psychological effects of their experiences.

Gloria Eveleigh, Action on Elder Abuse project co-ordinator, said,“More older people in our local communities experience abuse than we realise – often by the very people they thought they could trust.

“Action on Elder Abuse uses trained local volunteers to support them to recover and regain the life they once enjoyed.

“It’s good for the victims, the volunteers and the community.”

On Thursday, members of Action for Elder Abuse and representatives from East Sussex County Council’s social services gathered at The Old Print Works in Wharf Road to launch the service.

A seminar was held and training experts attended.

For more information about the work of Action on Elder Abuse and the services it provides visit www.elderabuse.co.uk.