World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was on June 15, a time to acknowledge the progress Western Australia has made towards shining a light on elder abuse, especially with regards to the coordinated community response during the Parliament of Western Australia Inquiry into Elder Abuse. However, we recognise that there is still more work to be done, with an estimated 75 000 older people in Western Australia at risk of elder abuse.

Central to this is our belief that elder abuse is fundamentally a human rights issue, and we must all work at ensuring that older people remain valued within our community. Being engaged and connected with a broad cross-section of the community creates an opportunity for people to talk freely with trusted people about the joys in their life as well as the issues concerning them.

It is timely to reflect that some of the most vulnerable members of our community are still at risk. As a civilised society, creating inclusive age-friendly communities must be our priority to ensure that all seniors feel safe and valued.

As the peak body representing the voice of older Western Australians, we will continue to advocate for rights and the protection of our citizens.

Christine Allen, CEO

Celebrating our Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week ran from 20-26 May and we were delighted to mark this week by hosting a special morning tea at the State Library of Western Australia to thank our past and present volunteers. 

COTA (WA) has volunteers with very varied backgrounds and skills who support us in many different capacities including as administrative assistants, peer educators, board members and mentors. 

Thank you to all volunteers past and present for your contribution to COTA (WA) over the last (almost) 60 years!

Use your professional experience to mentor young adults

Mentoring 2 Work (M2W) is an exciting, tailored learning pathway designed to assist young adults aged 18 to 25 to enter or re-enter the workforce through the guidance of a mentor who has extensive workplace experience and real-world networks.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like more information about M2W please contact us on mentoring2work@cotawa.org.au or call us on 9472 0104.

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