A scheme to help prevent slips, trips and falls among older people is coming to Darley this month.
One of the most common causes of falls are loose, worn or backless slippers. North Yorkshire Council’s slipper socials aim to tackle the issue by handing out free pairs of rubber-soled slippers through the library service.
The slippers are wide fitting to make it easier for people with restricted mobility to get them on and off. They have a Velcro fastener, so will not slip off.
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On Thursday, November 30, the library service will join community group Nidderdale Plus to take slippers to Darley Methodist Church as part of a celebration of the International Day of Older Persons.
The event, which runs from 10am to noon, will also feature a “coffee and connect” session to help people get online. Representatives will be available from North Yorkshire Police, IDAS, Home Instead, the public health team, Carers’ Resource, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and North Yorkshire Sport.
Cllr Simon Myers, executive member for libraries at the council, said:
“Slipper socials are another fantastic initiative that sees libraries at the heart of their communities helping people to take care of their health and wellbeing, which helps to reduce pressure on health and emergency services.”