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March is full of awareness months, weeks and days, as well as festivals from most of the major regions. Many people-groups are going to have a celebration that won’t be able to take place as normal due to Lockdown, so be sensitive to those emotions. For a full list, see Time and Date, but here are the highlights – as well as St Piran’s Day on 5 March!

17/2-2/4LentChristian
1 MarSt. David’s DayObservance – Wales
11 MarMaha ShivaratriHindu Holiday
11 MarIsra and Mi’rajMuslim
14 MarMothering SundayObservance
28 MarPalm SundayChristian
28 MarFirst day of PassoverJewish holiday
29 MarHoliHindu Holiday

Awareness days are listed by month, week and day. See what is relevant to your area of work, and the people you work with, and jump on the national bandwagons to raise the profile of your activities, and your messages.

Whole of March

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Organised by Prostate Cancer UK, this special month aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer, as well as raise money so the charity can provide even better support to both sufferers and their families.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Target Ovarian Cancer work to raise the profile of ovarian cancer, spread the word about the symptoms, and train GPs in early diagnosis. With your help we can do more. Get together, raise money and save lives this March.

Brain Tumour Awareness Month

Between 400 and 500 children are diagnosed with brain or spinal tumours each year in the UK, which accounts for approximately one quarter of all childhood cancers – the most common, after leukaemia. Brain and spinal tumours are the most common cause of cancer death in children.

Brain Tumour Awareness Month aims to support research into childhood brain tumours, and raise awareness of the support available to patients and their families.

Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis devastates the lives of women and their families. Help them take back control by providing vital support services, reliable information and a community for those affected by endometriosis. See the Endometriosis UK website for information, support, awareness events (eg. for employers), and fundraising opportunities.

Marie Curie Daffodil appeal

Marie Curie’s annual fundraising appeal is taking place during March as usual, but this year also features a National Day of Reflection. On 23 March, they are inviting the nation to come together to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future. (This is a growing campaign, and may well get wider recognition.)

Weeks

2-8 March

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Stereotypes would have you believe that eating disorders are not serious illnesses and that they always take the same form. This is wrong. It has to change.

This Eating Disorders Awareness Week help put the stories of how people are affected in the spotlight, standing together to demand that anyone affected by an eating disorder is supported, no matter what their diagnosis, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age or background. Together by raising funds and combating stigma we can change lives.

9-16 March

National Salt Awareness Week

The Department of Health estimates that if we could reduce our average salt intake from 8g per day to 6g per day, we could prevent more than 8,000 premature deaths (i.e. deaths before the age of 70) from heart attacks and stroke.

15-21 March

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

15% of students in the United Kingdom have a learning difference. In order to empower SEN students to flourish, schools need to stop focusing only on what they cannot do and should begin to recognise, nurture and celebrate the many strengths and talents of being neurodiverse. 

For schools, so parents and others are invited to ask their schools to participate.

16-22 March

Nutrition and Hydration Week

Nutrition and Hydration Week has taken place every March since 2012. Its purpose is to bring people together to create energy, focus and fun in order to highlight and educate people on the value of food and drink in maintaining health and well being in health and social care.

Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

22-28 March

Debt Awareness Week

Organised by StepChange to help people talk more openly about debt-related issues. Over the years it’s helped millions of people to get free debt advice.

Days

4 – University Mental Health Day

University Mental Health Day brings together the university community to make mental health a university-wide priority and create ongoing year round change to the future of student mental health. Now more than ever it’s important to get the nation talking about student mental health.

8 – International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. There will be more communications from VSF around this nearer the time. Watch this space!

13 – No Smoking Day

No Smoking Day is an annual health awareness day in the United Kingdom which is intended to help smokers who want to quit smoking. The first No Smoking Day was on Ash Wednesday in 1984, and it now takes place on the second Wednesday in March.

15 – World Sleep Day

World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society (founded by WASM and WSF) and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

16 – Disabled Access Day is not taking place this year

16 – Young Carers Action Day

Raising awareness of young carers and the incredible contribution they make to their families and local communities, as well as amplifying the voice of young carers. They told organisers that they wanted the day to be about their futures, highlighting the incredible skills they have developed through being a carer – like resilience, time-management and empathy. The theme this year will therefore be Protect Young Carers’ Futures.

19 – Red Nose Day – Comic Relief

Many local organisations will have benefitted from funds raised by Red Nose Day, so lets amplify their fundraising message on the 19th.

20 – World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated globally every year on 20 March. It is organized by FDI World Dental Federation and is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health.

WOHD spreads messages about good oral hygiene practices to adults and children alike and demonstrates the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and well-being.