Older residents living in Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and the surrounding villages are invited to exchange their old, worn-out slippers for free.
Following the success of a similar project in the Carlton Colville area last year, the Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and villages Community Partnership is now offering older people the opportunity to swap their old slippers for a brand-new pair in a new ‘slipper swap’ project.
Many older people are keen to stay independent at home, however walking indoors in worn-out slippers, barefoot or in socks can increase the risk of falls, slips and trips. This may result in spending time in hospital or receiving treatment at home which can make them feel less independent and more socially isolated. Tackling social isolation is one of the Community Partnership’s priorities.
Residents can swap their slippers for a new pair which have special design features to help prevent falls, such as secure fastenings and robust soles. Where necessary, residents will also be linked to other sources of support which could be beneficial.
Cllr Judy Cloke, Chair of the Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and villages Community Partnership, said: “I am so pleased we are able to offer this service which is not only vital to the health and safety of older residents of the district, but also to their warmth. Everyone is bothered by the rise in energy prices and to be able to keep a pair of warm rather than threadbare slippers on your feet is a bonus. This scheme will make a real difference to those who participate.”
The Slipper Swap project is being delivered in partnership with East Suffolk Council’s Communities Team, parish and town councils and local groups and organisations.
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from a new pair of slippers to prevent falls, slips and trips, please contact the East Suffolk Communities Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.