Whole of January
Encouraging people to try veganism, for just a month, ideally forever, aimed at reducing cruelty to animals, but also reducing climate change, pollution and harm to wild animals.
Find out about Veganism in general, and Veganuary on the Veganuary website.
A one-month booze free challenge, that helps millions of people reset their relationship with alcohol every year. Benefits include saving money, sleeping better, having more energy and generally improved health.
Find out more at the Alcohol Change website.
20 -26 January
Cervical Cancer prevention week
Teaching people ho they can reduce their risk of cervical cancer, through the #SmearForSmear campaign, and awareness & fundraising activities across the UK.
Find out more on the Jo’s Trust website.
Big energy saving week
Run by Citizens Advice and the Energy Saving Trust, this is a national campaign to help people cut their energy bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to. There are resources to tell people how they can save money, as well as an energy price comparison tool. Advice also available on energy, debt and benefits.
You can find out more on the Big Energy Saving Week pages on the Citizens Advice website.
Any Monday in January or February
Brew Monday – Samaritans
Using a cuppa as an excuse to get together and chat – feeling better about ourselves – and raise money for Samaritans.
Find out more on their website.
Co-incidentally, January 20 is known as Blue Monday, allegedly the most depressing day of the year (think bad weather, post-Christmas blues, a looong time till the summer holidays…) falls within the bracket of ‘any Monday in January or February, so make it less blue by holding a Brew Monday instead!
Chinese New Year
Celebrating this year the Year of the Rat, the preparations for Chinese New Year begin on 17 January, with various events occurring right through until the 8th of February. The Rat is a sign of wealth and surplus, and people born in a year of the rat are said to be clever, quick thinkers, successful, but content with a peaceful life. Years of the Rat are 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.
You can find out more, including taboos associated with the New Year, on Chinese New Year.net
World leprosy day
Raising awareness of leprosy, and breaking the myths around it – with the aim to #BeatLeprosy.
You can find out more on the Lepra website.
Holocaust memorial day
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocide. We promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) – the international day on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
Find out more, including resources for taking part on the Holocaust Memorial Day website.
Young carers awareness day
Every day across the UK thousands of young people help to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.
Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. For many, their caring journey begins at a much younger age. Caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful. For young carers, this can negatively impact on their experiences and outcomes in education, having a lasting effect on their life chances.
Through the Count Me In! campaign Carers Trust is calling on compulsory education providers to do more to proactively identify young carers and to ensure that they receive the recognition and support they deserve.
Get involved on social media with #CountMeIn and #YoungCarersAwarenessDay.
Find resources and more info on the Carers.org website.