Staying steady this winter: swap your old slippers

Published: 05 Jan 2018

Trade in your old worn out slippers for FREE at a Slipper Swap Event being held at North Watford Library on Monday 15 January and find out how to avoid falls and stay safe and well this winter.

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

Keeping active is another way to lower the risk of falls and visitors to this event will have the chance to try out some easy activities demonstrated by Occupational Therapists. Visitors can also 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 and more.

Libraries are for more than borrowing books these days and library staff will be 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.”

There’s no need to book, just go along to the event between
10am – 12pm.

To find out more about the Slipper Swaps and upcoming events visit