Council roadshow given warm welcome

Members of the South Ayrshire Adult Support and Protection Committee were given a warm welcome when they took their roadshow to the Asda store in Ayr.

The aim of the roadshow was to give people an opportunity to learn more about adult protection. There were leaflets and other information available and members of the team were on hand to listen, answer questions and offer advice.

Ann Clark, the independent Chair of South Ayrshire’s Adult Support and Protection Committee which is made up of representatives from South Ayrshire Council, Strathclyde Police, NHS Ayrshire & Arran and the private and voluntary sectors said: “It is important that we all play our part in protecting vulnerable adults in our communities.

“An adult can be mistreated by a colleague at work, carer, partner, children, relative, friend, neighbour, volunteer or stranger.

“Often adults who are suffering from physical, psychological, sexual or financial abuse or are being neglected may not be able to report it themselves. All adults have a right to feel safe and secure and be free from harm.

“During the roadshow we spoke to lots of shoppers and explained who support and guidance we and other agencies can offer.

“If you know an adult who needs some extra support because you think that they are being abused please act now, you could really make a difference to their life.”

Councillor Rita Miller, Social Services Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “The roadshow is a great way of taking information to communities. People who maybe did not know anything about adult support and protection were able to find out lots of information in a quick and convenient way.

“The work carried out by the South Ayrshire Adult Support and Protection Committee plays a vital role in protecting vulnerable adults in our communities.”

If you are worried that you or someone you know is being harmed, or is suffering from neglect it is important to tell someone.

Any information you give will be treated with care. If you do not give your name, enquiries can still be made into the persons care and welfare.

To find out more about Adult Support and Protection log on to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/adultprotection email asp@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or phone Jane Lynch Adult Support and Protection Officer on 01292 612055.