A selection of the awareness-raising and celebration events during April. Other occasions are available…
The whole month
Stress awareness month
Increasing public awareness about the causes of, and cures for, stress. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of adults have felt overwhelmed, or unable to cope, during the past year.
Bowel Cancer awareness month
Raising awareness of bowel cancer, and raising funds to support research and support for people with the disease. You can sign up to have an expert talk to your group about bowel cancer, or get hold of a free information pack on the Bowel Cancer website.
IBS awareness month
IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome – affects an estimated 10-15% of adults, but there is a large group within that who are undiagnosed.
Bladder and Bowel (an online help group for people with issues in those areas) has written a helpful blog about what IBS is, and what it’s like living with it.
This group also has an app which lists public loos, and also contains a digital version of their ‘Just can’t wait’ card, which can also be ordered for free, online, in a physical format.
Parkinson’s Awareness month, Jazz appreciation month, Caesarean awareness month, national pet month also this month – find them on Google or social media.
1-7 April – World Autism Awareness Week
Creating a society that works for autistic people. Fundraising, to help influence government, providing training, and sharing knowledge with professionals working with autistic people. Money raised will also fund the NAS helpline, and support professionals working with autistic people. Find out more on the National Autism Society website.
1-7 April Family Safety Week
Organised by ROSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, and focussing this year on pedestrian safety. Free road safety training packs for teachers of children aged 3-4, and for parents, guardians, carers and others. Info on social media all week, under #FSW. More info from ROSPA.
22-28 April MS Awareness Week
Move it with MS, talking about how exercise can help with the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, as well as raising awareness of the condition, and the work of the MS Trust. More info on the MS Trust website.
24-30 April World Immunisation Week
Organised by the World Health Organisation, the theme this year is Protected Together #VaccinesWork, promoting the use of vaccines to protect against disease, in people of all ages. Especially important in the light of the anti-vaxx movement. See more on the WHO website.
29 April – 5 May, National Gardening Week
Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society the theme this year is ‘Edible Britain’, and they’re celebrating gardens, and the difference that gardening can make to people and communities. To get involved, see the RHS website.
29 April -3 May Allergy Awareness Week
Focussing on air quality outdoors, raising awareness of the impact of poor air quality. Allergy UK are encouraging people to use public transport to reduce pollution, and buying local, to reduce food miles. Get involved on their website.
11 April – World Parkinson’s Awareness Day
Parkinson’s UK is launching a new campaign ‘Parkinson’s is’, to raise awareness of Parkinson’s as a serious condition. Materials available from their website to show the impact of living with the disease, and real life stories. See the campaign info on their website.
16 April – World Voice Day
Celebrating the voice. British Voice Association has produced a leaflet to be launched on that day called ‘Coping with colds: a guide to voice care during upper respiratory tract infections’. Other information about voice care is available on their site, including the voice and ageing, Singing is good for you, and the effect of stress on the voice.
16 April – Pyjamas for Pancan
Saying goodnight to pancreatic cancer, by wearing your pyjamas to work, or school, and being sponsored for it – funds raised will help raise awareness, and get more cases diagnosed early. Get the info on the Pancreatic Cancer Action website.
Easter this year is just about as late as it can possibly be – Good Friday is on 19 April and Easter Sunday 21 April, with bank holidays on 19 & 22 April.
Cornwall VSF will be reducing the amount of news it sends over the school Easter Holidays, between Monday 8 April and Thursday 18 April, and there will be no news on the Bank Holidays, as usual. Normal service will be resumed on Tuesday 23 April.