Preventing Falls

Swap your slippers and stop the slipping at our free events!

Free Slipper Swap



We’re hosting a free Slipper Swap throughout March 2019.

Residents who feel they are at risk of falling are being invited to trade in their old slippers for a brand new pair, free of charge.

Ill-fitting slippers, or those which are beyond their best, pose a real risk of causing a nasty fall.

Anyone who feels they may be at risk of falling is invited to come along to their local event where they will be able to find out more information on how to keep themselves safe.

Confirmed dates are at the following libraries:

  • Goring Library: Friday 1 March 2019 - 10.00am – 2.00pm
  • Bognor Library: Wednesday 13 March 2019 – 10.00am – 2.00pm
  • Durrington Library: Friday 15 March 2019 – 10.00am – 2.00pm
  • Chichester Library: Thursday 28 March 2019 – 10.00am – 2.00pm
  • Crawley Library: Friday 29 March 2019 – 10.00am – 2.00pm

These events have been organised to coincide with activities that are being held in West Sussex libraries throughout March, in support of Wellbeing Month.

There has already been a lot of interest in this new initiative and we are actively looking at more ways to reach other communities. Currently, these are the only events that we are running. However, any further announcements will be made via this page.

For more information on falls prevention please visit our wellbeing website.

Goring Library event

Goring Library event

More than 40 pairs of tired, worn-out, old slippers were traded in for a brand new sturdy set at the first Slipper Swap event.

The first session, held at Goring Library, saw local residents attend to dispose of their own personal trip hazards in return for a brand new pair – free of charge.

Goring resident, Elizabeth
“I am delighted there has been such a positive response to our West Sussex Slipper Swap so early on in the campaign. Ensuring that we all wear suitable, comfortable footwear - rather than those dog-eared old slippers that are long beyond their best – is a very easy way of reducing the risk of falling. West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp

See the 'gallery' tab for more pictures of the event.

What is the Super Six challenge?

Super Six

Super Six

Falls related injuries in people aged 65 and over account for around 4,772 emergency hospital admissions each year in West Sussex.

However, falls are not an inevitable part of getting older - there are six simple exercises you can do to stay steady, reduce your chance of falling and prevent serious injury if you do fall.

The exercises, known as the Super Six, can improve strength and balance and help people stay steady on their feet.

Download our Super Six handy guide below to follow the instructions on how to complete the exercises.

Super Six Handy Guide

An animation of the exercises is also available:

You can also visit the West Sussex Wellbeing website for more information.

Case Study

Chris Clow

Chris Clow

Chris Clow and his dog, Belle

Former nurse Chris Clow from Bognor Regis has been living with Meniere’s disease since the early 1970s.

The condition affects the inner ear and can result in hearing loss, as well as balance issues. For the last six years he has benefited from having hearing dog Belle living with him and his wife, but his concerns about falling meant he was looking for some extra support.

“I have had three or four falls in the last few years, a couple of times in the garden and once on the beach. I thought if there was a way of lessening that happening, why not go and see if it works.” Chris Clow

He signed up for Arun Wellbeing’s Falls Prevention and Tai Chi course. The course, aimed at people who are 65 or over and who have a concern about falling, begins with an awareness workshop that aims to help build confidence and reduce the risk of falling. This is then followed by eight weeks of Tai Chi to build strength and balance.

The exercises can provide huge benefits in terms of helping to reduce the risks of falls in older people.

“It has done a lot of good, and the fact I am able to balance and prevent myself from falling has also instilled a sense of confidence in myself. I am less worried, I am aware, but less afraid. I’m a lot more confident going out and about. I would recommend it to anybody, because I fully believe you will see an improvement. It’s not going to stop you falling, but you might not fall as often.” Chris Clow
“While Chris benefited from a falls prevention programme, there are a number of exercises to improve muscle strength and balance that can easily be done in the home such as the Super Six. The temptation can be to stay snug inside during the colder months. However keeping active is important for older people – not only does it make you feel better but it can also help prevent falls.” Daniel MacIntyre, the county council’s Public Health Lead for Falls Prevention




The Super Six

Find out how to complete The Super Six exercises, to stay steady on your feet.

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