Libraries hold a month of wellbeing events

Libraries are holding special ‘slipper swap’ events in March to help prevent falls.

Elderly residents across the county are being invited by West Sussex County Council to trade in their old slippers for a new pair, free of charge.

These are just some of the events and activities taking place in West Sussex libraries as part of Wellbeing Month this March.

Other highlights include:
• NHS health checks
• Wellbeing MOTs
• Sleep workshops
• Creative activities with Mind
• Yoga and Pilates taster sessions
• ‘Storywalks’ for children

Mood-boosting books will also be on display along with a selection of self-help guides.

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “Our libraries are at the very heart of our communities, bringing people together whatever their age.

“There are some wonderful events taking place in March to help residents stay healthy and well.

“I would particularly encourage anyone worried about having a fall to bring their old slippers along to one of our Slipper Swaps. This is such a simple way of reducing the risk of suffering a fall.”

The Slipper Swaps will be taking place at:
• Goring, Friday 1 March (10am – 2pm)
• Bognor Regis, Wednesday 13 March (10am – 2pm)
• Durrington, Friday 15 March (10am-2pm)
• Chichester, Thursday 28 March (10am-2pm)
• Crawley, Friday 29 March (10am-2pm)

A new singing group for people with dementia and other conditions, as well as their carers, is launching at Chichester Library on Friday 22 March at 9.15am. Melody for the Mind groups also meet at East Grinstead and Southwick libraries and one will be starting at Broadfield Library on Thursday 21 March at 10:30am.

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