The St Helena Safeguarding Directorate will launch World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) events for one week from Monday 12 June to Friday 16 June 2017.

The United Nations (UN) describes elder abuse as a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older people around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community. The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated 15 June as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The colour purple is a symbol of hope representing a society that promotes treating all the elderly with dignity and respect.

The catchphrase driving our objectives on St Helena for the week simply stated is ‘RESPECTED ALWAYS’. The aim of our campaign is to raise awareness of elder abuse but more importantly to focus on protecting the rights of all older persons.

Events for the week 12 – 16 June

School Assemblies – 9am

St Paul’s Primary School – Tuesday, 6 June

Pilling Primary School – Wednesday, 7 June

Harford Primary School – Friday, 9 June

Prince Andrew School – Wednesday, 14 June

Older Persons Tea Parties – 11am

Sandy Bay Community Centre – Monday, 12 June

Harford Community Centre – Tuesday, 13 June

Half Tree Hollow Community Centre – Wednesday, 14 June

Jamestown Community Centre – Friday, 16 June

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (Main Event) – 3pm-6pm 

Community Care Centre (CCC) – Thursday, 15 June

WEAAD ribbons will be available in SHG departments and shops. We are humbly asking the public to wear purple clothing or the purple WEAAD ribbon on Thursday, 15 June. Donations will be in aid of programmes for the elderly on the Island, organised through the Age Task Force group.

Join together with us to celebrate our elderly and show your support for the right of all older people to live with dignity and respect.

Building Strong Support for Elders

#StHelena #WEAAD #StopElderAbuse #RespectedAlways



Safe Haven


6 June 2017 


St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470
Email: communications@sainthelena.gov.sh