Townsville-based Seniors Seniors Creating Change will celebrate its 6th birthday and hold a community open day from 10am-12pm on Saturday 10 June at the Townsville Senior Citizens Welfare Association hall.
Fun-loving Seniors Creating Change members will participate in a drum circle lesson, star weaving for the “One Million Stars to End Violence” campaign, a photo booth, and of course the group will perform for community members and invited guests including Member for Herbert Cathy O’Toole MP and Townsville City Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney.
Councillor Greaney will deliver the Townsville City Council’s annual Mayoral Declaration Against All Forms of Elder Abuse on behalf of Mayor of Townsville Councillor Jenny Hill.
Seniors Creating Change’s birthday comes ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June (WEAAD), a day to voice opposition to abuse and suffering inflicted on older people.
Seniors Creating Change was formed as a WEAAD awareness-raising activity in 2011, flash mobbing before a startled crowd in the Stockland Townsville eatery. Since then, Seniors Creating Change has performed dozens of times in public, challenging ageist stereotypes and drawing attention to elder abuse, ageism and other issues important to older people.
“The group has achieved far more than initially imagined, including helping with social re-connection for victims of elder abuse, increasing inclusion for residents of nursing homes, raising awareness of elder abuse in the community and providing opportunities for older people to engage socially and politically,” says Townsville Community Legal Service Director Aaron Finn.
Seniors Creating Change is a community development activity of the Townsville Community Legal Service’s Seniors Legal and Support Service.