Fundraising: Comic Relief steps up support for older victims of abuse

Comic Relief is to launch its first dedicated funding stream for charity projects to curb abuse of older people.

The charity has given grants to older people's organisations since 1991, and it has spent a total of £500,000 in the past four years on projects that tackle abuse of the elderly.

It now plans to include a dedicated funding stream to tackle elder abuse within its existing programme from this May.

"We will ask charities that might benefit about their current needs and develop a grants stream to match," said Gilly Green, Comic Relief's head of UK grants.

Funding is likely to focus on raising awareness, advocacy and support for older people being abused or at risk of abuse, and training volunteers to spot the signs of abuse.

Green didn't confirm how much would be available, but she expects it to surpass the previous £500,000 total.

- See Communications, p13.

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