The UK’s only safer ageing charity, Hourglass, has warned of winter isolation and rising elder abuse in the run-up to Christmas.
The stark warning comes after the charity revealed that 2.7m over 65s, or one in five of UK residents, have personal experience of abuse.
Hourglass, formerly known as Action on Elder Abuse, is calling for support in making its volunteer staffed helpline available 24/7.
The charity, founded in 1993 by Baroness Sally Greengross, said calls to abuse charities had hit record levels during the 2020 lockdown with well over half (53%) of people in the UK feeling that the abuse and neglect of older people had increased as a result of increased isolation.
Hourglass deputy CEO and Policy Director, Veronica Gray, said: “We have seen abuse charities across the UK and Ireland report calls spiking during the pandemic. Likewise, we have seen call attempts during our closed hours steadily grow and we need support now to ensure this is the final winter without a 24/7 elder abuse helpline.”
Hourglass has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel calling for support in ensuring that the abuse of older people is taken as seriously as abuse against other populations.
The charity is urging those keen to support the 24/7 campaign to make a donation by visiting www.wearehourglass.org.uk/donate or Text SAFER to 70460 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text SAFERNOINFO to 70460.
For more information, visit: https://www.wearehourglass.org/winter-elder-abuse-warning