Safeguarding adults from abuse and neglect

What is abuse?

Abuse is when someone does or says things to you that make you feel upset or frightened. You may be too scared to tell anyone or stop them. You may be abused on purpose or someone may not realise that they are abusing you or upsetting you.

What are the different types of abuse?

There are many different types of abuse but the most common ones are: physical, psychological, sexual, financial, domestic abuse and neglect or acts of omission.

Whose fault is it?

It is not your fault if someone abuses you. What they are doing to you is wrong.

What do I do if I experience, witness, or suspect harm?

If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call the police on 999. To help someone who you believe is being harmed please call the Lewisham Social Care Advice & Information Team (SCAIT) 020 8314 7777.

I am an adult at risk, how do I keep safe?

You have the right to live free from abuse and neglect. If you are in immediate danger, call the police or SCAIT team. Alternatively, you can speak to your doctor, social worker, health worker, carer, family or friends who can raise a safeguarding concern on your behalf.

What happens then?

Trained staff will contact the person being abused. They will work together with the adult at risk carefully and sensitively to find out what they would like to happen, understand the different risks they are facing and agree how to deal with the situation. The adult at risk will be fully involved in the process wherever possible

 

We hope this provides you with an understanding of Adult Safeguarding, what you should be aware of, and how to seek help.

 

If you require any more information about Adult Safeguarding or wish to raise a concern about an adult at risk, please contact the Social Care Advice & Information Team (SCAIT) on: 0208 314 7777.

Pop Up Techy Tea parties

Community Connections, Age UK Lewisham & Southwark is running some Pop Up Techy Tea Parties this year as part of Go On Lewisham. Last week we had a brilliant party at Seniors with lots of attendees and techy support from the police commander, officers and some Lewisham councillors!

These parties have been possible with help from My Complete Focus, Catbytes, Seniors and all our partners.

Community Connections video

Check out our Community Connections video to get a better understanding of the work we do.

Thanks to everyone who helped us create this video, with their photos, information and time, and thanks to all those who bravely agreed to star in thlogo square v4e film!

Be a Community Connector!

Community Connectors

Our Connectors provide vital support to vulnerable people by link them to local social activities and support services.   We match you based on your availability and location and provide you with an appointment time.  Your role will be to:

  • Support the person to achieve their goals which might mean attending a new club with them for the first time to build confidence
  • Provide client updates to Community Facilitators regularly
  • Work with the support of the office team to identify suitable services and spend time talking through these with the client
  • Complete basic templates and paperwork to record the work you have carried out
  • Attending community events to raise the profile of Community Connections (optional)

 Skills and Qualifications needed

Enthusiasm and a commitment to supporting vulnerable adults are essential.  We will provide you with the training that you need though knowledge of the borough of Lewisham would be a bonus.  You will need to have excellent English language skills and listening skills, additional language skills will be most welcome.

Training

We will provide you with person centred planning training in addition to our volunteer induction and provide a forum events to meet with other volunteers and the Volunteer Coordinator to share learning.

If you would like to volunteer with us then contact us on:  0208 314 3244

communityconnections@ageuklands.org.uk

“My Body won’t do what I want it to” by Ken S-S of the Lewisham Parkinson’s Society- Check it out!!

The Lewisham Parkinson’s society have some very talented members in their midst! Check out Ken Smith Simmons song recording of My Body won’t do what I want it to! on YouTube.

The Parkinson’s society meet on the fourth Monday of every month at:

Lewisham United Reformed Church
18 Courthill Road
London
SE13 6HB

Time
11.30am-1.30pm

They do tai chi, quizzes, socials and much more!

They also meet for exercise classes each week:

Please see below details of the Lewisham Parkinson Society’s exercise class:

Exercise class
For people with MS or
Parkinsons disease:
Tuesdays
12.30 to 2pm

Downham Leisure Centre
7 – 9 Moorside Road
Bromley
BR1 5EP

– See more at: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/local-support-groups/regions/london/lewisham-branch#sthash.cbbmYtUF.dpuf