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 5 October, with a backtrack to whole-month events for October.

8 October

Clean Air Day

Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events, and reaching millions more through the media. The campaign normally takes place on the third Thursday in June. However, due to COVID-19, this year Clean Air Day is taking place on 8 October 2020.

Find out more at https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/about-clean-air-day

10 October

World Mental Health Day

The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on us all, and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.
According to our research, with over 16,000 people, we know that more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown.

That’s why this year Mind want to bring everyone together to mark the day by each doing one thing for better mental health.

Get involved at https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/world-mental-health-day-2020/

5 – 11 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/

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.