Coventry walk will help mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Wednesday 6 June 2012
A guided walk to highlight Coventry's long history of respecting and protecting older people has been organised as part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).
The free event at 12.30pm on Friday 15 June will take in a range of relics, monuments and preserved buildings located around the city centre that reveal a history of health and social care dating back to the 12th Century.
These can be linked to the way organisations provide services, work together to protect older people at risk and prevent mistreatment or neglect in the 21st century.
It is hoped revealing the stories of these historical treasures and institutions from the city's past provides a different way for people to learn about the importance of the safeguarding adult issues
Lasting about 90 minutes, the guided walk will start from the Coventry Transport Museum and stop at various locations including St John's Hospital, Bond's Hospital, Ford's Hospital, Whitefriars and the former Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital.
For those wanting to find out about the walk but unable to take part, a presentation will be held at the Central Library at 2.30pm on Friday 15 June.
Councillor Ann Lucas, Coventry City Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Community Services said the free event was open to people of all ages.
"The walk is remarkable as it clearly shows that the legacy of our philanthropic forefathers' caring deeds forms a firm foundation upon which the voluntary and statutory services stand today.
"The walk also highlights a rarely noted aspect of local history and its evolution to the establishment of modern day social and statutory responsibilities. Taking part in the walk will be an opportunity for local citizens to make those links."
The guided walk will be held on the Friday 15 June at 12.30pm. Places are limited to about 30 places on each so people are advised to book a place to avoid disappointment.
For more information about the walk or to book a place, which is free, telephone Coventry City Council's Safeguarding Adults Team on 024 7678 6761 or email email@example.com.