Monday, June 18, 2018

Children wrap safe slippers for Christmas

Torfaen Library’s Slipper Talk project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of older people, while bringing together young and old to encourage better understanding between the different generations.

Library staff have reached out to members of the Library at Home and Read Aloud groups and offered them new sage slippers, which have been specially designed to help prevent falls.

Children from three local primary schools have helped to wrap the slippers and also discussed some of the different issues that older people may face.

Max Murphy, year three pupil at St David’s RC School, helped to wrap the slippers at Cwmbran Library. He said: “We are giving older people slippers so that they don’t fall and hurt themselves.&;

Classmate Isabella Sims said: “Older people are more likely to slip and get hurt. These slippers will help to keep them safe.&;

Councillor Alan Jones, Torfaen’s executive member with responsibility for libraries, said: “We see people at all stages of their lives in our libraries, from the babies who come to us to enjoy rhymes and stories, to the older members who we visit at home with our Library at Home and Read to Me services.

“This project is an opportunity to bring the younger and older generations of library users together in an imaginative way to discuss important health issues and help the different age groups to understand each other a little more.&;

The Slipper Talk project is one of 14 projects to receive new ‘Engaging Libraries’ funding from the Carnegie UK Trust and the Welcome Trust. The funding aims to help local communities explore major health and wellbeing issues in new and innovative ways.

Source: (Tue Dec 19th 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

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