A few weeks ago, I was invited to come along to one of the events run by a fantastic local charity called Ditch the Slippers.  The charity was set up by Noleen Carpenter who wanted to make a difference to the elderley and less able community.

What does Ditch the Slipper do?

It’s a wonderful organisation who have regularly fun activities which help the clients to come together and socialise with others.  There’s a skittles and boccia session on a Monday.  It has a yoga and movement to music on a Tuesday and then there is an art and crafts session on a Wednesday plus singing on a Thursday.  All the details of the activites can be found on their website page.

The organisers welcomed me into the Crowborough singing class when it was in full swing.  Laurie and Sue were playing the instruments and there were various helpers bringing tea and cakes to us all.  It was a very jolly atmosphere and there are regular songs that are sung each week.  Sue and Laurie will also play any requests and have a huge repetoire.

Lovely cakes too

I chatted to some of the guests who said they really look forward to singing on a Thursday.  There are volunteer drivers who collect them from their homes and take them back afterwards.  ‘It’s a very popular activity and a chance to see friendly faces and have a change of scene’ one helper told me.

How did Ditch the Slipper come about?

The organisers created Ditch the Slippers more than fifteen years ago by a former Occupational Therapist at the Mental Health Trust.  She realised there was a real need for activities for the elderly.  She then recruited volunteers with a number of different skills to make sure everything ran efficiently and smoothly.

This organisation was originally called Friends of Beechgrove Unit, but Ditch the Slippers gives people more of an idea of what the group is all about.   Ditch the Slippers has successfully given enjoyment to many clients over the past few years. It also provides respite for their carers.

The charity changed its name to Ditch the Slippers in 2015 and is now run entirely by volunteers and supported by charitable donations.

Perhaps you have an elderly relative or neighbour who would benefit from coming along to one of the many activities.  If  you would like to see more about these activities, have a look at the website, just click here

If you have a few hours that you could give to help this worthwhile organisation, just get in touch, they would love to hear from you.

Our website address is  http://www.ditchtheslippers.org.uk