Staying steady this winter: Slipper Swap at Cheshunt Library

Published: 05 Dec 2017

The first winter Slipper Swap event took place today, 5 December, at Cheshunt Library, and gave elderly and vulnerable residents the chance to trade in their old worn out slippers for free.

Old worn out slippers are often responsible for trips and falls, which can lead to hospitalisation and loss of independence. That’s why we offered older and vulnerable residents the chance to swap their old slippers for a free brand new pair of anti-slip ones at Cheshunt Library.

Keeping active is another way to lower the risk of falls and visitors to the event had the chance to try out some easy activities demonstrated by an Occupational Therapist. Visitors also had the chance to learn about equipment and aids to help them stay safe at home and discover lots of helpful tips and advice from library staff, HertsHelp, AgeUk, Neighbourhood Watch and more.

Libraries are for more than borrowing books these days and library staff were on hand to promote services, such as care information, the Home Library Service, the Reminiscence Collection and the online library at home.

Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, Terry Douris, said: “The Slipper Swap is just one of the ways that libraries across the county are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of local communities. By preventing falls we can help older people stay healthy and independent and reduce the pressure on health and social care services in Hertfordshire.”

To find out more about slipper swaps and upcoming events, visit