THE ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION AWARDS ONPEA GRANT TO SUSTAIN ONTARIO-WIDE SENIOR SAFETY LINE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ontario, August 1, 2012
On July 31, 2012 The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, awarded The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA) a one-year, $187,400 grant to continue the operation of their Senior Safety Line (SSL 1-866-299-1011). ONPEA is pleased to accept and acknowledge the OTF for this much needed grant that will be used to continue this critical service, develop a sustainable funding model and build partnerships with other community groups.
The SSL is an Ontario-wide toll-free hotline for seniors experiencing abuse, including physical, emotional, financial and neglect. The SSL operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception in April 2009 the hotline has helped over 20,000 callers in over 150 languages. Currently the SSL is operated in association with the Assaulted Women’s Help Line (AWHL) who provide the infrastructure and technical support needed to make this service possible. It differs from other critical assistance lines in Ontario as the counselors are trained to work specifically with vulnerable seniors. It is the only hotline of its kind in Ontario.
In acceptance of the one-year grant ONPEA will be responsible for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness for elder abuse callers. This will include building a partnership with Ontario’s 211 toll-free number, increasing call capacity which would mean fewer dropped calls and caller satisfaction. The provisions of the grant also require ONPEA to develop partnerships with key community stakeholders to develop a sustainable model of service delivery, a resource development plan and increase fundraising from public support.
Teri Kay, Executive Director of ONPEA expresses gratitude to OTF for this opportunity and support and knows this is another step forward in their plan to combat elder abuse. “ONPEA looks forward to the future where Ontario will join other provinces in its advancement of the protection of vulnerable seniors through a confidential 24/7 resource, that has the language capacity to respond to the diversity of the seniors of this province.”
The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA) is dedicated to raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect, through public education, professional training, advocacy, and service coordination. In addition to implementing Ontario’s Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse, ONPEA supports a growing number of vital projects and research in elder abuse and neglect prevention.ONPEA was incorporated as a charitable organization in 1992. ONPEA is governed by a voluntary Board of 12 members representing professionals, service providers, community organizations, volunteers, seniors and aboriginal groups. It has mounted numerous initiatives of regional, national and international nature. Charitable Number : 88900 0790 RR0001. For additional information on ONPEA please visit – www.onpea.org
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