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Older Voices for Change: Call for Expressions of Interest

If you are an elder abuse survivor in Tasmania, you may be able to help others by telling your story.

Published: 17 March 2023

One in six older people are abused by someone they know and trust.

Elder abuse survivors are women and men over 65 – or over 50 if Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander – who were mistreated in later life by relatives, friends or neighbours but are now living free from abuse.

If you are an elder abuse survivor, you may be able to help others by telling your story.

COTA Tasmania is collaborating with Engender Equality to train elder abuse survivors to become Older Voices for Change. This may include sharing your story in the media or speaking at public events to raise awareness of elder abuse.

As an Older Voice for Change, you are fully supported by our staff to share your story if and when you are ready.

And you are supported to tell only as much or as little of your story as you want, either anonymously or using your name: it is always your choice.

People with diverse backgrounds and identities are warmly encouraged to apply.

To be part of Older Voices for Change, you must be a Tasmanian resident. You will also need to be available to attend training at the following times:

Tuesday 9 May 11.30 am to 4 pm

Tuesday 16 May 9.30 am to 2 pm

Thursday 25 May 9.30 am to 2 pm

Tuesday 30 May 9:30 am to 2 pm

The free training will be provided online in a group setting. Assistance may be available if you are accepted for the training but do not have access to a computer or do not feel confident to use Zoom.

If you would like to find out more or apply to join Older Voices for Change, please email lynm@cotatas.org.au or ring 03 6231 3265 as soon as possible. Lyn will explain the process and send you the application form.