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Action On Stroke Month

May 1 - May 31

Make May Purple is the Stroke Association's annual stroke awareness month, which takes place every May.  Friends, families and communities show their support for their loved ones who have been affected by stroke and help to raise awareness and essential funds for the Stroke Association. Why don't you try one of our three ‘purple’ ideas to show your support and raise money to conquer stroke? Check out these simple ways to wear, bake or plant May Purple. Whatever you choose…

National Share A Story Month

May 1 - May 31

National Share-A-Story Month (NSSM) is an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing, providing a fantastic opportunity to fulfil the core aim of the FCBG of bringing children and stories together. Across the country Federation book groups and individuals run a whole host of events. Each year we are inspired by a specific theme and work with different organisations to provide people with resources and opportunities.   National Share-A-Story Month 2016 NSSM will take place during May 2016…

Local And Community History Month

May 1 - May 31

The aim of the month is to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general to the local community and encourage all members of the community to participate. Activities happen across the UK and include trips, library exhibitions and local lectures.  It is a great way for groups to highlight local history and for local people to get involved. Each year the event goes from strength to strength, and a searchable database has been created where organisations can register…

National Walking Month

May 1 - May 31

May is National Walking Month. National Walking Month is a campaign to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what your level of fitness is.  Walking is simple and free and one of the easiest ways to be more active, lose weight and become healthier.

Festival of Learning (previously Adult Learners’ Week)

May 1 - June 30

The Festival of Learning 2016 (previously Adult Learners' Week) is the biggest national celebration of lifelong learning in England. It has inspired similar celebrations in more than 55 countries across the world! Hundreds of organisations across the country hold events that aim to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover how learning can change their lives. Festival of Learning events and have-a-go activities taking place across the country, will run from 1 May – 30 June 2016. Nominations for Festival of Learning Awards open on…

Deaf Awareness Week

May 2 - May 8

Deaf awareness information and resources We have free booklets, DVDs and posters with deaf awareness tips to help hearing people communicate with deaf children: at home in school in after-school clubs, activities and other social settings at the doctor’s surgery.

Dystonia Awareness Week

May 3 - May 11

Dystonia Awareness Week is supported by The Dystonia Society. Dystonia is a condition in which incorrect signals from the brain causes muscles to pull on the body and spasm. Dystonia can be very painful to a person with this condition. Once symptoms of dystonia begin, they can become progressively worse; symptoms can worsen from up to 5 years since diagnosis. Raising Awareness About The Types Of Dystonia There are several types or subsets of dystonia which are defined  by areas…

Donkey Week

May 3 - May 10

International Donkey Week is a holiday with a difference - a chance for you to have close contact with our donkeys in glorious settings. You can groom, cuddle or just sit and watch the donkeys, which, we hasten to add, is very relaxing and therapeutic. Every year The Donkey Sanctuary holds this unique week's holiday, relaxing down among the donkeys. Daily trips are arranged to visit our outlying farms, which are not usually open to the public. Each farm has…

International Day Of The Midwife

May 5

May 5 is the internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives. ICM established the idea of the 'International Day of the Midwife' following suggestions and discussion among Midwives Associations in the late 1980s, then launched the initiative formally in 1992.  On May 5 each year we ask the world to focus on the role of midwives and midwifery. Each year ICM comes up with a campaign theme to provide motivating call to action for all of us to get…

Save Lives, Clean Your Hands

May 5

As part of a major global effort to improve hand hygiene in health care, led by WHO to support health-care workers, the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands annual global campaign was launched in 2009 and is a natural extension of the WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care work. The campaign aims to galvanise action at the point of care to demonstrate that hand hygiene is the entrance door for reducing health care-associated infection and patient…

Flexible Working Awareness Day

May 6

A day to reward and recognise the companies and individuals who showcase 'how flexible working works' and its many advantages. Celebrating companies and businesses and entrepenuers that empower parents to achieve their potential. Highlighting the enormous commercial benefits of providing flexible working to employers and business owners and the substantial contribution to the UK economy.

National Doughnut Week

May 7 - May 14

National Doughnut Week (7th - 14th May 2016) is a unique opportunity for bakers, cafes and companies to raise money for The Children's Trust by donating money for every doughnut they sell.Bakeries, cafes, and companies can get involved by signing up to be a participating outlet. Once you have registered you will be sent a National Doughnut Week pack full of point of sale materials for you to display to ensure that your customers know when the week is taking place.Want to…

British Sandwich Week

May 8 - May 14

British Sandwich Week is a celebration of one of the nations favourite fast foods. Celebrate British Sandwich Week by experimenting with weird and wonderful flavours in your sarnie. Enjoy!

Red Cross Week

May 8 - May 14

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a flood or loneliness. When crisis strikes, there’s always an impact – whatever the scale. And we refuse to ignore it.

Coeliac Disease Awareness Week

May 9 - May 15

While awareness of coeliac disease and the gluten-free diet is growing, there is still low awareness of the symptoms and how they affect people differently before diagnosis. We believe people may also be potentially linking their symptoms to other conditions or not treating them seriously enough to seek further help. Creating a stronger link between their symptoms and coeliac disease will help people become more informed, empowered and confident to have their symptoms investigated and seek a diagnosis. We also…