RESIDENTS are being asked to wear purple to take a stand against elder abuse this week.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes place on Wednesday June 15, and to mark the occasion Warrington Safeguarding Adults Board is running a campaign asking residents to wear purple.

The board will also have an information stall in the bus station between 12-2pm on the day, with safeguarding staff joined by colleagues from Healthwatch Warrington and Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group.

Cllr Pat Wright, executive board member for statutory health and adult social care, said: “As a council we are committed to combatting abuse and neglect so it’s really important to us that all vulnerable residents are able to live safely and free from fear of abuse or victimisation.

“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is about all of us working together to inform our communities about the mistreatment of older people and highlight the need for action to respect and protect our elderly residents.

“It is an opportunity for us to stand up and show our support for the fight against elder abuse – whether you’re an individual, a community group, a private company or a care provider.

“It’s also National Care Homes day on Friday June 17 – held to celebrate the great work that care home staff do and we acknowledge their dedicated contribution in support our older and vulnerable residents in Warrington.”