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

19-25 October

Get Online Week

4.1 Million People are not online in the UK, and 11.9 Million people are estimated to have low digital skills and interest. At this time, when so much has gone online instead of face-to-face, this really cuts people off from friends and family, social activities, job opportunities, and the ability to do simple things like safely shopping for groceries.

This year’s theme is ‘now is the time to get online’, so please see the online campaigning for hints and tips to help encourage people out of digital isolation.

23 October

Wear it Pink for Breast Cancer

23 October marks Breast Cancer Now’s Wear it Pink Day, where supporters are encouraged to wear it pink to raise money and make life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing care happen. Find out how you can get involved at http://www.wearitpink.org/about

24 October

United Nations Day

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. There is no other global organization with the legitimacy, convening power and normative impact of the United Nations. Today, the urgency for all countries to come together, to fulfil the promise of the nations united, has rarely been greater.


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.