This entry was last updated: 12th March, 2019
Ditch the Slippers exists for the relief of loneliness and social isolation amongst the senior residents of North Wealden.
Three absorbing activities – Games, Singing and Gentle Yoga/Extend Exercise take place every week, each led by specialist teachers and supported by intelligent, friendly volunteers. Local residents who may or may not live with a diagnosis of Dementia are able to enjoy these activities alongside anyone who likes to kick off their slippers to get out of the house and become part of a fun social group. The support goes further in that members develop friendships with each other and with the long standing volunteers, who can help with signposting to other sources of support.
Whilst the group mainly interests people who are over 65 years we very much welcome anyone who feels they might benefit from being with us. Taking part in any one or more of these activities promotes good physical and mental health. Activities run for up to fifty weeks per year.
Carers are also afforded some respite while they leave their family member to enjoy being part of a group. We can also sometimes provide transport to help people join us. Where a member lives alone, we will also refer any health/welfare concerns to other relatives.
Suggestions for another kind of activity will always be welcomed, especially if someone would like lead a new activity (not necessarily on a weekly basis). More volunteers are always welcome to grow the bank of great people already in place. DBS checks are completed.
For more information please visit our website or call us on the number below.
Accessibility and additional needs
Activities take place in rented church halls and all are accessible for people with disabilities, including wheelchair users.
Please contact the organisation to discuss