A quick round-up of some of the awareness occasions during May.  If any of these are something that resonates with your organisation’s aims, then get involved online or by organising events, to help raise your profile.

The whole of May

Make May Purple/ Action on Stroke

The month is to raise awareness of Strokes and their impact on sufferers and their friends and families as well as educating the general public on the signs and symptoms of strokes, what causes strokes, what happens during a stroke and what to do in the event of someone suffering a stroke. The main theme of the month is wearing purple to raise sponsorship for the Stroke Association’s work. Find out more on the Stroke Association website.

Big Asthma Bake Sale

Money raised from the bake sale could:

  • cover the cost for a crucial call to the Asthma helpline, enabling people to manage their asthma better and reduce the risk of a fatal attack. – £15
  • pay for a nurse for a day on the Asthma UK helpline, the only one in the UK, which answers around 8,000 calls a year. – £120

Get involved on the Asthma UK website.


29 April -5 May

UK Maternal Mental Health Matters awareness week

A week-long campaign talking about mental illness during pregnancy or after having a baby, and signposting support for all mums.
The focus for this year is Mums Matter, using #maternalmhmatters
Find out more on the Maternal Mental Health Alliance website.


Week of 6 – 12 May

Sun Awareness Week

The campaign is two-pronged and combines prevention and detection advice. The first aim is to encourage people to regularly self-examine for skin cancer. The second is to teach people about the dangers of sunburn and excessive tanning, and to discourage people from using sunbeds, in light of the associated risks of skin cancer. Find out more at the British Association of Dermatologists website.

ME Awareness Week

Promoting real stories and photos from real people, telling the world about the real disease that is M.E. ME Association will be sharing many of the hundreds of photographs and stories sent to them, showing how this cruel disease can vary so much in intensity and severity both from person to person and even from one minute to the next for each person affected. Find out what is going on at the ME Association website.

Deaf Awareness Week

This week aims to promote the positive aspects of deafness, promote social inclusion and raise awareness of the huge range of local organisations that support deaf people and their family and friends. See the Deaf Council website for more information.


Week of 13 – 19 May

Food Allergy Awareness Week

Food Allergy Awareness Week provides a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) also declare May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” It’s a peak season for people with asthma and allergies, and a perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, school staff, coaches and others about these diseases.
For more information visit the Kids with Food Allergies website.

Dying Matters Week

The theme this year is ‘Are We Ready?’ which runs as part of a national campaign, run by Dying Matters. It aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and encourage people to make plans for the end of life. Visit the Dying Matters website for events happening around the country.

Mental Health Awareness Week

The theme for 2019 is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies. Body image issues can affect all of us at any age. During the week the Mental Health Foundation will be publishing new research, considering some of the reasons why our body image can impact the way that we feel, campaigning for change and publishing practical tools. The MentalHealth.org website has more information.

Foster Care Fortnight (till 26 May)

Foster Care Fortnight™ is The Fostering Network’s annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. It is also the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign. Over 8,000 new foster families are needed in the next 12 months alone to care for a range of children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups and disabled children. Find out about fostering on the Fostering Network website.


Week of 20 – 26 May

Dementia Action/ Awareness Week

Dementia Action Week unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia. We all have a role to play in making the UK a dementia-friendly place to live, and that’s what Dementia Action Week is all about. Get your Dementia Action Week Guide here.

Walk to School Week

The national Walk to School celebration where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school, including a new 5 day walking challenge for primary schools. Find out more on the Living Streets website.

Action for Brain Injury Week

To raise awareness of brain injury and give a voice to those affected, including ‘Hats for Headway’ Day which will take place on Friday 24 May providing a fun way for people to get involved and raise money. Find out more on the Headway website.

National Epilepsy Week

87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy in the UK every single day. Find out how you can get involved in National Epilepsy Week on the Young Epilepsy website.


Week of 25 May – 2 June

National Children’s Gardening Week

The aim of National Children’s Gardening Week is to get as many schools, children and their families involved, gardening and having fun in their gardens. Find out more on the HTA website.