Each week Cornwall VSF plans to post details of forthcoming commemorations, remembrances, and awareness events for the coming week, every Friday.

The point of this is to help link local organisations with national campaigns, raising awareness of important causes (covering the whole of the voluntary sector). Scan through these dates and occasions, and see if any can be applicable to your organisation, then get involved on social media.

This post will cover occasions for week commencing 12 October, with a backtrack to whole-month events for October.

15 October

International Day of Rural Women

A day to recognize the crucial role that women and girls play in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing.

Find out more at https://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/

15 October

Global Wave of Light (baby loss)

To mark the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week, many people around the world light a candle or candles at 7pm in memory of the baby or babies they have lost.

More information at https://babyloss-awareness.org/get-involved/

16 October

World Food Day

The Food and Agriculture Organisation believe that everyone across our food chain has an important role to play. You can see a list of everyday actions to become a food hero and make healthy food and sustainable habits part of your lifestyle here http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/take-action/en/

18 October

World Menopause Day

World Menopause Day is a worldwide awareness call for women who face health issues when approaching, during and beyond the menopause.
The awareness campaign highlights the opportunity of using the menopausal period to assess female-specific risk factors and preventing the development of cardiovascular disease. Find out more at https://www.imsociety.org/index.php

9 – 15 October

Baby Loss Awareness Week

Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October) aims to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby death in the UK.
This year they are highlighting the isolation many people experience after pregnancy and baby loss – women, partners, other family members and friends.
The effect of social distancing from Covid-19 has had a major impact on access to care and support and has complicated grief and responses to pregnancy and baby loss.
Each day will focus on a different topic around baby loss, find out more at https://babyloss-awareness.org/

12 – 18 October

National Work Life Week

An opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on wellbeing at work and a work life balance. Find out more at https://workingfamilies.org.uk/campaigns/national-work-life-week/

12 – 18 October

National Adoption Week

Like before, the campaign will aim to find homes for the children waiting, but the focus for 2020 will be on the ‘priority’ children who wait the longest for a loving home – those in a sibling group, children from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, older children and those with complex health needs or those that are disabled.
Find out more here.

Whole of October

Black History Month

A time to celebrate the achievements of black people throughout history, which often go unrecognised and un-celebrated. Also to look forward to future possibilities. Find out more on the Black History Month website, and get involved. There are blogs, articles and fascinating insights into the lives of people we ought to have heard of but are missing from history books, and more about what can be done to promote and celebrate black people in today’s world.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a worldwide annual campaign taking place in October, involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Now aim to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds to help support our life-saving research and life-changing support.

Get involved at wearitpink.org

Stoptober is back for 2020, with the primary aim of encouraging the nation’s smokers to make a quit attempt for the month of October and beyond. Stopober are offering free personal quit plans, as well as a free NHS Stoptober app.

Visit the NHS Quit Smoking page for more information.