1-31 January 2018 | Dry January
Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January. Alcohol Concern brings together an amazing network of individuals and organisations, including partner charities who work on issues associated with alcohol. Together, we will reduce the harm caused by alcohol. https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/what-and-why
8 – 14 January 2018 | National Obesity Awareness Week
22-28 January 2018 |Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.
Our Vision. A future where cervical cancer is a thing of the past.
Our Mission. To see cervical cancer prevented and reduce the impact for everyone affected by cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer through providing the highest quality information and support, and campaigning for excellence in cervical cancer treatment and prevention. https://www.jostrust.org.uk/
1-28 February 2018 | Raynaud’s Awareness month
Raynaud's phenomenon is a common condition thought to affect up to ten million people in the UK. In people who have Raynaud's, the small blood vessels in the extremities are over-sensitive to even the slightest changes in temperature, the cold and sometimes stress. This causes a Raynaud's attack where the fingers sometimes change colour, but not always, from white, to blue, to red. https://www.sruk.co.uk/raynauds/what-raynauds/
4 February 2018 | World Cancer Day
Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities. http://www.worldcancerday.org/about/2016-2018-world-cancer-day-campaign
15-19 February 2018 | OCD week of action
Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a serious anxiety-related condition where a person experiences frequent intrusive and unwelcome obsessional thoughts, often followed by repetitive compulsions, impulses or urges.
The illness affects as many as 12 in every 1000 people (1.2% of the population) from young children to adults, regardless of gender or social or cultural background. In fact, it can be so debilitating and disabling that the World Health Organisation (WHO) once ranked OCD in the top ten of the most disabling illnesses of any kind, in terms of lost earnings and diminished quality of life. https://www.ocduk.org/ocd
26 February – 4 March 2018 | Eating Disorders awareness week
Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an international awareness week, and every year Beat focuses on issues that matter to people affected by eating disorders. Past awareness weeks have focused on self-esteem, eating disorders in the workplace, and the importance of good understanding of eating disorders among GPs. We have carried out surveys, run petitions, spoken to media outlets, and addressed parliament in a bid to raise awareness of eating disorders and encourage understanding and compassion towards those affected. https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/edaw
28 February 2018 | Rare Disease Day
Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives.The campaign targets primarily the general public
and also seeks to raise awareness amongst policy makers, public authorities, industry representatives, researchers, health professionals and anyone who has a genuine interest in rare diseases. https://www.rarediseaseday.org/downloads
1-31 March 2018 | Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women's cancers. Each year, approximately 21,980 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2014, approximately 14,270 women will die in the United States from this disease. It is estimated by the World Health Organisation IARC department that there are over 238,000 new cases diagnosed annually and nearly 152,000 deaths worldwide.
This cancer typically occurs in women in their fifties and sixties with the median age being 63. Many women who are diagnosed with Ovarian cancer have a genetic history that may include carrying the BRCA mutation gene and having a strong family history of ovarian cancer. http://www.ovariancancerawareness.org
1-31 March 2018 | Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Only men have a prostate gland. The prostate is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra – the tube men urinate (pee) and ejaculate through.
In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Older men, men with a family history of prostate cancer and black men are more at risk. If you are worried about your risk, or are experiencing any symptoms, go and see your GP. They can talk to you about your risk, and about the tests that are used to diagnose prostate cancer. https://prostatecanceruk.org
7 March 2018 | No Smoking Day
If you want to stop smoking, this booklet can help. It provides practical tips for smokers who are thinking about giving up and helps you understand more about why you smoke and how you can stop smoking for good.
It explains the link between smoking and heart disease and discusses different approaches to quitting, with tips and activities to help you on your journey. https://www.bhf.org.uk/publications/smoking/stop-smoking/
12-18 March 2018 | Brain Awareness Week
The Brain Awareness Campaign is a worldwide celebration of the brain that brings together scientists, families, schools, and communities. Although Brain Awareness Week is officially March 12-18, 2018, there are many ways to get involved throughout the year. https://www.sfn.org/baw/
16 March 2018 | World Sleep Day
World Sleep Day is an annual event sponsored by World Sleep Society (founded by WASM and WSF) to raise awareness of sleep disorders and highlight the burden that they place on society. The next World Sleep Day will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018. http://worldsleepday.org/get-involved
26 March 2018 | Epilepsy Awareness Purple Day
On Monday 26 March 2018, hundreds and thousands of people from around the world will be “going purple” to raise awareness and vital funds, to support people affected by epilepsy. Join them by organising your own Purple Day event! From purple bake sales, to purple dress down days you can do anything to join in the fun. https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/purple
1-30 April 2018 | Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Bowel cancer screening saves lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of those who receive a test in the post complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the best way to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat and there is the greatest chance of survival. https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/about-us/bowel-cancer-awareness-month/
10-16 April 2018 | Parkinson's Awareness Week
In 2018 we’ll be focusing our efforts on World Parkinson’s Day, taking place on 11 April.
On 11 April 2017 we partnered with European Parkinson's Disease Association to create UniteforParkinsons. More than 4,600 people from over 80 counties downloaded the toolkit in order to take part on the day.
We're currently looking at how we want to mark World Parkinson's Day in 2018 and how we can enable our supporters and local networks to take part. https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/get-involved/world-parkinsons-day
25 April – 1 May 2018 | Allergy Awareness Week.
It's Allergy Awareness Week and this year we're focussing on allergic eczema! Eczema is a key symptom of allergy. Without effective treatment of eczema, the skin barrier can become broken, leaving us more at risk of allergic sensitisation! https://www.allergyuk.org/support-us/allergy-awareness-week
24-30 April 2018 | MS Awareness Week
Be Bold in Blue for the MS Trust and make a difference for everyone affected by MS. Be Bold in Blue is such a fun and easy way to support the MS Trust. What you do is really up to you and can be as simple or as extravagant as you wish. Think about what you enjoy doing and how you can turn this into a Be Bold in Blue event or challenge. https://www.mstrust.org.uk/event/be-bold-blue
27 April 2018 | On your Feet Britain
On Your Feet. Regular minor movement whilst at work is essential for us to keep our bodies healthy, prevent illness and relieve stress. Sit-Stand workstations enabling us to mix it up between periods of sitting with standing. http://www.onyourfeetday.com
1-31 May 2018 | National Walking Month
May is National Walking Month and Living Streets, the national charity that works to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets, will be encouraging people to walk with their successful annual initiatives – to encourage everyone to get more walking into their day. https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-you-can-do/campaigns/national-walking-month-2017
1-31 May 2018 | Action on Stroke Month
Make May Purple for stroke is our annual stroke awareness month, taking place every May. Friends, families and communities are invited to show their support for people who have been affected by stroke. Across the UK more than a million people are rebuilding their lives after stroke, and the number of people affected by stroke is set to rise. By supporting Make May Purple, you can help us invest in research that will help to save lives and enable stroke survivors to make the best possible recovery – giving more people more of their lives back. https://www.stroke.org.uk/fundraising/what-make-may-purple-stroke
2 May 2018| World Asthma Day
We're always on the lookout for people who would like to join our community of enthusiastic supporters. Whether it's getting sweaty at a sporting challenge, seeing if you're a winner with our weekly lottery, setting up your own sponsored silliness or more – we'd love to hear from you. https://www.asthma.org.uk/get-involved/
9-15 May 2018 | Sun Awareness Week
More than one in three (35%) Brits have been sunburnt in the last year while in the UK, and of those 28 per cent were sunburnt three or more times, according to a survey carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists to mark their Sun Awareness Week (8th-14th May). Brits are even more likely to be sunburnt abroad, with almost half of people who have been abroad in the last twelve months getting sunburnt whilst away (46 per cent). This high rate of sunburn is despite the fact that 88 per cent of Brits believe that sun awareness messaging is relevant to their skin type. http://www.bad.org.uk/for-the-public/sun-awareness-campagin/sun-awareness-week/
14-20 May 2018 | National Epilepsy Week https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/campaigns/epilepsy-week/
14-20 May 2018 | Death Awareness Week
Every year in May, Dying Matters and our coalition members host an Awareness Week, which gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. In 2018, the week will run from 14th to the 20th of May and, due to the huge success of this year's theme, we will be sticking with asking “What Can You Do?” This means we can keep the 2017 resources, but also develop new ones to take this broad topic even further, ask more questions, and find more answers. http://www.dyingmatters.org/AwarenessWeek
14-20 May 2018 | Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental health awareness week starts every year on the second Monday in May – in 2018 from 14 – 20 May. Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem. For Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, we uncovered why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
15-21 May 2018 | Deaf Awareness Week
31 May 2018 | World No Tobacco Day
Smoking remains the biggest cause of premature death in England accounting for over 80,000 deaths in the UK each year, with one in two long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease.
It costs the NHS approximately £2.7bn a year for treating diseases caused by smoking and is estimated to cost UK plc around £5 billion per year, primarily through lost productivity and sickness absence. http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/en/
1-30 June 2018 | Scleroderma Awareness Month
The global scleroderma community shows positivity in the face of adversity each day and during June we celebrated this spirit by saying 'scleroderma will not take my smile'.
On this page you will find a range of ways to support the campaign, so do check back regularly as we will be updating you with the how the campaign is progressing. https://www.sruk.co.uk/get-involved/scleroderma-awareness-month/
7 June 2018 | Wear it, Beat it
“Wear it. Beat it.” is one of our flagship events and we want to continue to improve it for all of our supporters. Over the summer we asked a number of you that have taken part in the event to let us know how you feel we could improve it and also worked on how we can ensure that even more of you are able to take part each year. https://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/do-your-own-fundraising/wear-it-beat-it-update
9 June 2018 | Wear Purple for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
If you’ve just been diagnosed with RA or you think you may have it, you may be feeling all sorts of things: emotional, anxious or afraid of what the future holds. That’s perfectly understandable. I felt all those things and more when I was diagnosed over 30 years ago. https://www.nras.org.uk/
11-17 June 2018 | Carers Week
11-17 June 2018 | BNF Healthy Eating Week
11-17 June 2018 | Diabetes Week
Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes. While a lot of people have a good understanding of diabetes and how to manage it, many others aren’t getting the right help and support to look after their diabetes.
Today, 65 people will die early from the condition and hundreds more will face life-changing complications that could have been avoided or delayed if they'd had the right knowledge and support to manage their diabetes. Some of you have that, and are already doing everything you can to manage your diabetes well. But this isn't true for everyone and it's our job to change that. Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. Together, we can make that a reality. https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-week
11-17 June 2018 | Men's Health Week
Belly fat is a problem because it lurks not just beneath the surface but also gets down deep and surrounds your vital organs. Regardless of your overall weight, a large amount of belly fat increases your risk of:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
- Colorectal cancer
- Sleep apnea
- Premature death from any cause
- High blood pressure
So, men need to get those tape measures out. If you have a waist measurement over 37 inches (94cm), you are at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke and erection problems. If it's over 40 inches (102cm), you're ar a considerably increased risk of all these. The measurement is not the same as your trouser size. Measure your stomach at the belly button. https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/mhw/
June 2018 |Cervical Screening Awareness Week
Cervical Screening Awareness Week June 2018 TBC. Thank you to everyone who has supported our campaign this year. You've helped us reach thousands of women, raising awareness of the importance of cervical screening. https://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-screening-awareness-week
14 June 2018 | World Blood Donor Day
21 June 2018 | National Clean Air Day
Air pollution is real and harms the health of millions. Unlike other risks to our health, lots of people don’t know what causes air pollution, what effects it has on our bodies or how to reduce our exposure to it.
But there are lots of simple things we can do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health. That’s what Clean Air Day is all about. It’s a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with your friends and colleagues, and take action to make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone. https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/
28 July 2018 | World Hepatitis Day
The elimination of viral hepatitis has now been firmly put on the map. At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, 194 governments adopted WHO’s Global Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, which includes a goal of eliminating hepatitis B and C in the next 13 years. The community responded by launching NOhep, the first ever global movement to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. http://worldhepatitisday.org/en/2017-campaign
1-7 August 2018 | World Breast Feeding Week
In 2016, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action began the 15-year journey to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by linking each of these goals to breastfeeding. But, we cannot achieve sustainable development without multi-level partnerships at all levels.
The World Breastfeeding Week’s 25th year in 2017 is about working together for the common good! http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/
1-30 September 2018 |Urology Awareness Month
September is Urology Awareness Month. Organised by The Urology Foundation, this month aims to raise awareness of urological disease as well as raise money so we can fund vital research and training into these diseases.
It is estimated that 1 in 2 of us will be affected by a urology condition in our lifetime. Our urology health is vital to our quality of life. But diseases and cancers of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and the male reproductive system are becoming more prevalent and devastating the lives of millions of men, women and children in the UK. http://www.theurologyfoundation.org/get-involved/urology-awareness-month
1-30 September 2018 | National Blood Cancer Awareness Month
September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re using it as an opportunity to raise awareness of the symptoms of blood cancers, which are vague, non-specific and often confused for other illnesses, such as flu. http://www.leukaemiacare.org.uk/news/support-us-this-blood-cancer-awareness-month
3-9 September 2018 | Migraine Awareness Week
4-10 September 2018 | Organ Donation Week
Organ donation is giving an organ to help someone who needs a transplant. Transplants can save or greatly enhance the lives of other people. But this relies on donors and their families agreeing to donate their organ. http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/about-donation/what-is-organ-donation/
10 September 2018 | National Dementia Carers Day
Many people living with dementia rely on the love, support and care of family members, friends and unpaid carers. National Dementia Carers’ Day, founded by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK and SweetTree Home Care Services was established to share, recognise, and support this crucial role. https://www.nationaldementiacarersday.co.uk/
10 September 2018 | World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day is an annual awareness raising event. Join us each year on 10 September and reach out to people who may be stuggling to cope.
Connecting with others and letting people know that #ITSOKAYTOTALK was the key message for 2017. https://www.samaritans.org/media-centre/our-campaigns/world-suicide-prevention-day
We will be sharing more detailed plans for the 2018 event shortly
18-24 September 2018 | National Eye Health Week
This year's National Eye Health Week (NEHW) will be promoting the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all. http://www.visionmatters.org.uk/
21 September | Jeans for Genes Day
Half a million children in the UK are affected by a life-altering genetic disorder. Jeans for Genes Day raises money to transform their lives. https://www.jeansforgenesday.org/
24-30 September 2018 | Sexual Health Week
Sexual Health Week 2018 will take place from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 September. We'll announce the theme in early 2018. https://www.fpa.org.uk/campaigns/sexual-health-week
29 September 2018 | World’s Largest Coffee Morning
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. We ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone we raised £29.5 million and this year we are aiming to raise even more. https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/
1-31 October | Lupus Awareness Month
1-5 October 2018 | National Work Life Week
2-6 October 2018 | Back Care Awareness Week
Find out why October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and how you can get involved in helping to change the future for people living with breast cancer. http://breastcancernow.org/get-involved/fundraise-for-us/take-part-in-a-fundraising-event/breast-cancer-awareness-month-october
2-8 October 2018 | National Dyslexia Week http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/fundraising/dyslexia-awareness-week
2-8 October 2018 | Women's Sports Week
Empowering women and girls through sport. https://www.womeninsport.org/
7-13 October 2018 | OCD Awareness Week
This is where you can get involved. If all of our supporters, and everyone with an interest in OCD shared/re-tweeted one, or all of the facts/myths we will publish daily, then our reach to change perceptions and opinions about OCD could be globally significant. If you're feeling comfortable enough, then telling your social media followers about your own experiences of OCD could have an even bigger impact. Talking about our OCD is not easy, but only by sharing our experiences, even when it is uncomfortable and embarrassing to do so, can we start to changes people's opinions and perception about OCD. http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/retain-and-improve/staff-experience/health-work-and-wellbeing/sustaining-the-momentum/calendar-of-national-campaigns-2016
9-16 October 2018 | National Arthritis Week
We invest in breakthrough treatments, the best information and vital support for everyone affected by arthritis. We believe that by harnessing the power of exceptional science we can overcome the pain, isolation and fatigue arthritis causes, making everyday life better for all people with arthritis in the UK. https://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/
10 October 2018 | World Mental Health Day
The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.
The day provides an opportunity “for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide”. This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is mental health in the workplace. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day
13 October 2018 | World Thrombosis Day
Thrombosis refers to abnormal, life-threatening blood clots that form in the artery or vein. A clot in the vein (usually in the leg or pelvis) is known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and a clot that breaks off and travels to the lungs is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE). Together, DVT and PE make up venous thromboembolism (VTE). http://www.worldthrombosisday.org/
16-22 October 2018 | National Adoption Week http://www.first4adoption.org.uk/nationaladoptionweek/ 20 October 2018 | World Osteoporosis Day
29 October – 5 November 2018 | Psoriasis Awareness Week
Although psoriasis is a common condition, there is still a need for us to raise awareness amongst the general public, healthcare professionals, Government, and people with the condition themselves. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are complex conditions, and there are many aspects which are misunderstood, under-treated and under-appreciated. There is also lots of 'information' out there which is inaccurate, incorrect, or doesn't give the full picture. We use our information resources, Annual Psoriasis Awareness Week, and collaborative awareness initiatives to take psoriasis fact to a wider audience. Click the different headings on the left-hand side of the page to find out more about some of our recent campaigns. https://www.psoriasis-association.org.uk/awareness/default.aspx
30 October – 5 November 2018 | National Infertility Awareness Week
National Fertility Awareness Week aims to raise awareness and change perceptions of fertility issues, as well as raising funds to help us provide much-needed support for the 1 in 6 couples, and others, in the UK who struggle with infertility. This year our fundraising ask is for #100FertilityFaces to each try to raise £100 for Fertility Network UK. Please sign up today to be one of our #100FertilityFaces. https://www.psoriasis-association.org.uk/awareness/default.aspx
1-30 November 2018 | Movember Men's Health Awareness Month
STOP MEN DYING TOO YOUNG. Men are facing a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. They are dying too young, before their time. We’re taking action and we need your help. https://uk.movember.com/
1-30 November 2018 | Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the UK. About 46,400 people are diagnosed with it each year. The number of men diagnosed with lung cancer is decreasing. But the number of women diagnosed with it is increasing.
Most lung cancers are caused by smoking. Some people who have never smoked may develop lung cancer. But the best way to prevent lung cancer is never to smoke or to stop smoking if you do. It’s also important to be aware of the symptoms of lung cancer and to see your GP straight away if you have any of these. https://community.macmillan.org.uk/lung-cancer-awareness-month-2017
1-30 November 2018 | COPD Awareness Month
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because your airways have been narrowed.
Living with COPD It makes it difficult for you to breathe, and you might find everyday tasks a real challenge.
Millions of people across the UK have COPD and don’t even know it. They’re struggling with their symptoms and a lower quality of life. Their condition is progressing quickly because they’re not receiving treatment. Let's raise awareness of COPD, find the missing millions and help people get the treatment and support they deserve. https://www.blf.org.uk/copdday
1 December 2018 | World Aids Day