Here is a brief run-down of events and commemorations for July – much quieter than June!

The whole of July

Talk to Us

Every July, Samaritans branches across the UK and Ireland hold local events to talk about the services they offer in their communities. Whether it’s a coffee morning or bake sale, Talk to Us is one of the ways they raise awareness that they’re here – for anyone who needs someone to listen, 24/7, without judgement or pressure. Find out what is happening in your area on the Samaritans website.

Weeks – 27 July – 11 August

National Marine Week

The Wildlife Trusts’ nationwide celebration of all things marine. Despite the name, it lasts 15 fun-filled days to allow for the variation in tide times around the country. During this time, Wildlife Trusts all around the UK put on a jam-packed programme of events and activities… including inland! Get involved via the Wildlife Trusts’ website.



5 July – Action Mesothelioma Day

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer caused by breathing in asbestos dust. Asbestos is banned in the UK but you can still find it in homes, schools and offices. Action Mesothelioma Day hopes to raise money to help with the research to find a cure for this deadly disease. Find out more on the British Lung Foundation website.

15 July  – World Youth Skills Day

Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults, and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labour market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions. UNESCO-UNEVOC are using World Youth Skills Day to emphasize the importance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in providing youth with the opportunities to develop their competencies and accelerate their transition to work. See the info page on the UN website.

28 July – World Hepatitis Day

Worldwide, 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, calls on people from across the world to take action and raise awareness to find the “missing millions”. Find out more on the World Hepatitis day website.