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 21 September, with a backtrack to whole-month events for September.

21 September

World Peace Day

The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

Usually in Cornwall, choirs, groups, organisations and speakers, come together to raise awareness about World Peace Day and also to support One Day One Choir, a global choral project for peace.  . Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions, choirs singing and large groups of people aren’t possible at the moment, so instead, Cornwall Faith Forum have come up with some suggestions of how anyone can take part, on the day, or near to it, either on your own, or with a small group. Anything, anyone can do, however large or small, can help to bring about a more peaceful world.’  See list of suggestions here.

World Alzheimer’s Day

Part of World Alzheimer’s Month, and this year Alzheimer’s Society are highlighting the importance of talking about dementia. They want to raise awareness of how it impacts the daily lives of people affected by the condition and challenge the stigma that surrounds it, and want to urge everyone to join in the conversation by becoming Dementia Friends.

25 September

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Like many fundraising events, this year’s coffee morning will be a little different, but Macmillan are still encouraging people to be part of the coffee morning. Small or big, tea or coffee, socially distanced or virtual.

21 – 27 September

Recycle Week

A celebration of recycling, organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand. This year, the theme will thank the nation for continuing to recycle despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, under the banner ‘Together – We Recycle.

National Eye Health Week

This campaign aims to inspire and educate people on the importance of eye health and why they should go for regular sight tests. See the Vision Matters website for details.

Whole of September

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, organised by ‘Children with Cancer UK’, helps to highlight the impact of cancer on children, young people and their families. Through vital awareness raising activities and ground-breaking childhood cancer research, they help save young lives and keep families together.

See the Children with Cancer UK website for details.

Urology Awareness Month, organised by the Urology Foundation to raise awareness of urological disease and raise funds for research & training.

It is estimated that 1 in 2 of us will be affected by a urology condition in our lifetime. Our urology health is vital to our quality of life. But diseases and cancers of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and the male reproductive system are becoming more prevalent and devastating the lives of millions of men, women and children in the UK.

Find out more on their website.

Vascular disease awareness month, with a campaign around ‘step it up’ raising awareness, and fundraising, but also encouraging people to ‘step it up’ around exercise, healthy eating and stopping smoking.

See the Circulation Foundation website for details.

Blood cancer awareness month, looking at raising awareness of lymphoma, the most common form of blood cancer.

See the Lymphoma Action website for more details.