Organisations all across Bolton are observing Safeguarding Adults Week this week.

The week is observed nationwide and runs from November 21 to 27, aiming to highlight a wide variety of issues, including abuse, neglect and exploitation.

In Bolton, the week also helps to highlight the work of the Bolton Safeguarding Adults Board, which is made up of the borough council, Greater Manchester Police, Bolton NHS services and a number of other partners.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Cllr Andy Morgan, said: “All of Bolton’s safeguarding partners work all year round to ensure adults at risk, and their carers are supported and empowered to live fulfilling and independent lives.

“Safeguarding Adults Week gives us an opportunity to place extra emphasis on this work, and remind everyone that we all have a role to play when it comes to protecting vulnerable members of our community.

“I urge everyone to attend one of the awareness sessions or visit the council website to learn the signs that an adult may be at risk and how to report it.”

The board partners say their aim is to ensure that “every adult at risk, and their carers, are safe, well, able to meet their full potential and live happy, healthy, and independent lives”.

This year during Safeguarding Adults Week, there is a particular emphasis on the rising cost of living and the potential impact on vulnerable adults.