New elder FINANCIAL abuse DVD developed by Safety Partnership

Former Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson pictured at the launch of new DVD resource 'A Costly Subject'.
Former Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson pictured at the launch of new DVD resource 'A Costly Subject'.

The Derry Policing and Community Safety Partnership has announced the release of a new DVD resource, ‘A Costly Subject’, focusing on elder financial abuse.

The project had grown out of a partnership between Old Library Trust (OLT) and the Workers’ Educational Association, which is now no longer in service.

OLT took on responsibility for the delivery of the project, which consists of a DVD resource and paper materials, to help highlight some of the scams and financial abuse that are commonly found in today’s society.

The resource looks at several types of scam and financial abuse including: investment scam; competition or mass market scam; credit card scam; family financial abuse.

Speaking about the project Alderman Drew Thompson, Chair of the Derry PCSP, said: “Often these scams target the older generation and it is fantastic to see the talented Top Ten Women’s Drama Group bring examples of these scams to life to enable older people to recognise the dangers and avoid becoming victims of financial abuse.”

Seamus Heaney, Project Director, OLT, added: “I am delighted that the Old Library Trust is able to support the delivery of the project ‘A Costly Subject’ as it clearly fits within our aims to support older people and to ensure they remain actively engaged within the community.”