hourglass Northern Ireland safer ageing stopping abuse community response

Community Response

Has someone you thought you could trust made you feel, scared, unsafe or worried?


Are you concerned about an older relative?


Do you need help to access support or enforce your rights?


Being harmed, exploited or abused is never ok. This might include physical, financial, psychological, sexual or neglect.
 

 

We can help


Our Community Hub is a one-stop-shop for anyone who is concerned about the abuse of older people, or needs advice about safer ageing. With a strong community presence, our focus is to provide an immediate and localised response to the abuse of older people – building on our own expertise, as well as working with a range of partner agencies in local communities across Northern Ireland.

The Hub offers specialist advice and support for older people who have experienced, or are at risk of, harm, abuse or exploitation. Our experienced team can provide support in a range of areas, from prevention and early intervention, right through to direct support and recovery from abuse.
 
 


What support is available?


Based in Newry, but offering services across the whole of Northern Ireland, our specialist team can support with:


Casework: to help you make informed choices, access support or challenge a decision


Advocating on your behalf


Follow-up calls to provide ongoing support and check-ins


A range of information materials, including our online Knowledge Bank – the UK’s first ever specialist knowledge bank specifically relating to the abuse of older people and safer ageing.

 

When the current restrictions end, Hourglass will also be able to reach out to communities across Northern Ireland via pop-up clinics, community-based events and support groups, and working closely with partner agencies across Northern Ireland.

For those within reach of our Hub in Newry (when the current restrictions ease), we will also offer a drop-in centre, one-to-one support from volunteers to support with recovery from abuse, and group-based support for older people.

 

You can contact us or get support here

 

Read our press release here