Ontario is changing the conversation to stop abuse of older adults. In January 2017, the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, Elder Abuse Ontario and Western University launched a provincial initiative to educate Ontarians as bystanders. Bystanders are those neighbours, friends and family members who are most often first to see warning signs with someone they know, but not know how to respond. We want people of all ages to be able to recognize warning signs of abuse and to know how to respond safely and effectively. Small actions can make a big difference!
SET A GOAL!
We held 8 regional workshops (Feb – March 2017)
We set a goal to reach 10,000 Ontarians this year – here’s how:
- For each It’s Not Right! (INR) workshop, we invited 20 – 30 people who are already advocates and leaders who care about ending abuse of older adults
Each participant was asked to commit to delivering 3 INR presentations in their home community – they received everything they need at the workshop plus strategies for how we can achieve the goal together
- (Conservatively) if 15 people from each workshop delivers 3 presentations = 360 presentations (April to Oct 2017)
- (Conservatively) if there are 15 people in every presentation = 5400
And that is just the beginning… we want to create a ripple effect. Every person we come in contact with has a role to play. At the very least, we will ask the 5400 people just to tell at least 2 people about INR = 10,000 PLUS (and if they tell 3 people… and so on and so on)… and then we want them to tell us that they told.
This is do-able. Help us achieve the goal. Help us over-achieve!
It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults was created and tested to support bystanders to:
- Understand the relationship between ageism and abuse of older adults
Interrupt the social isolation that goes with abusive relationships by:
- Recognize warning signs
- Respond with a conversation that can open the door for support
- Refer to services and supports that are available in the community
I am an INR Champion for Social Change. I understand that little things I do can make a BIG difference in a person’s life and in our society. I have contributed in the following ways:
As a supporter – tell us what you did. Put yourself on the map.
- I recognized warning signs
- I had a SCNit conversation
- I gave information about local services
- I gave information about It’s Not Right!
- Tell us about it… (prose section)
As an advocate
- I told people I know about INR
- How many people did you tell?
- As a presenter (track your presentations)