Swap old slippers for free

Published: 11 Oct 2019

Trade in your old worn-out slippers for FREE at ‘Slipper Swap’ social events being held at libraries across Hertfordshire and find out how to avoid falls and stay warm and well this winter.

Old worn-out slippers are often responsible for trips and falls, which can lead to hospital stays and loss of independence. With winter approaching, we are organising ‘Slipper Swap’ events where older people and less mobile residents can swap their old slippers for a new free pair of anti-slip ones.

Visitors are invited to come along to one of the events for a cup of tea and a chat about social groups in their community. Advice on how to stay safe, warm and well will also be available with therapists, the fire service and community partners, such as Neighbourhood Watch and Age UK Hertfordshire, in attendance. Small Acts of Kindness are providing Warm in Winter gift bags and visitors will have the chance to play some games, do jigsaw puzzles and browse memory boxes from Herts Libraries reminiscence collections.

Libraries are for more than borrowing books these days and library staff will be on hand to promote services available to older people, such as information, activities, the Home Library Service and the Carer’s Library Card.

Executive Member for Adult Care and Health, Richard Roberts, said: “Over the years we have successfully swapped more than 900 pairs of slippers at our social events throughout Hertfordshire, and provided valuable information about the services and support that is available for older people. This is a great opportunity for older residents to meet with others in the community over a cup of tea and get some great support and advice.

There’s no need to book, just come along to the slipper swap events that are taking place across Hertfordshire throughout November on the following dates:

  • St Albans Library on Friday 1 November, 10:15am – 1pm
  •  Borehamwood Library on Monday 11 November, 2pm – 5pm
  • Ware Library on Monday 18 November, 10am – 1pm
  • Buntingford Library on Tuesday 19 November, 10am – 1pm
  • Waltham Cross Library on Thursday 21 November, 10am – 1pm
  • Oakmere Library (Potters Bar) on Tuesday 26 November, 12pm – 3pm

For more information, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/slipperswap