Awareness Days - June 2022

Here is the latest awareness days, months and campaigns for the month of June.
June 22 Awareness Days

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 You can click on the pink text to take you straight to the relevant campaign or awareness day.

Volunteers Week 

1st June – 7th June

Volunteers Week takes place 1-7 June every year. It's a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you.

Volunteers’ Week is supported and celebrated by small grassroots organisations as well as larger, household-name charities, who together run hundreds of activities across the UK. These activities showcase and celebrate volunteers and the contribution volunteering makes in our communities.

Volunteers’ Week 2022 is a time to say thanks. It goes without saying that volunteers have played a key role in the pandemic response. During an exceptionally difficult couple of years, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to their communities – just as they do every year. This is a time for us to come together and thank all volunteers for their invaluable contribution.

What is happening in Stockport?

Last year we set up The Stockport Volunteer HUB along with Sector3 and Stockport Council for Voluteers' Week. This June we are recruiting new members to help us shape health and social care services in Stockport. Each day of Volunteers' Week we will be publishing a Volunteer spotlight with one of our invaluable members profile. Come back each day to see who it is. 

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Carers Week

6th June – 12th June

Around 6.5 million people in the UK are carers, looking after a parent, partner, child or friend. A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and their communities.

Join in the conversation on social media using #CarersWeek.

Carers Week website

Carers Week

What is happening in Stockport? 

Signpost Stockport for Carers are hosting a carers week employment event on 8th June. 

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Campaigns and Awareness Days

Work compiled by Pat Goddard (Healthwatch Stockport Office Volunteer) 


Step up for 30 for Bowel Cancer

1st June – 30th June 


SANDS Awareness Month

1st June  –  30th June

SANDS is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity in the UK. Sands exists to reduce the number of babies dying and to ensure that anyone affected by the death of a baby receives the best possible care and support for as long as they need it. 

Although there is not much information about SANDS Awareness Month for this year, we take this time to reflect on the great campaign they ran last year which you can find here.


Pride Month

1st June –  30th June

LGBT+ History Month is a chance to shed new light on the history of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in the UK.

This year, we’ll be looking forward to Pride 50 – the anniversary of the first Pride event in the UK. As well as celebrating the many momentous achievements our movement has had over the past half a century, we’ll also be looking to the future. It’s time to for us ask what we want to achieve in the next fifty years. What kind of world do we want to see for LGBTQ+ people in 2072?

During this pivotal year, we’ll also be exploring the history of some often overlooked identities, and showing how we are always stronger, better and prouder together

Stockport Pride will take place on 31st July at Stockport Market Place this year. 


The Big Jubilee Lunch

5th June

To coincide with the Platinum Jubilee, The Big Jubilee Lunch will be taking place on Sunday 5 June.

Every year since the idea began in 2009, The Big Lunch has encouraged communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little bit better. 

Following the success of the first Big Jubilee Lunch, to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, The Big Lunch will bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community again in 2022.


World Environment Day

5th June

World Environment Day on 5 June is the biggest international day for the environment. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and held annually since 1974, the event has grown to be the largest global platform for environmental outreach, with millions of people from across the world engaging to protect the planet.

This year world enviroment day is hosted in Sweden. We only have one Earth lets take care of it. 

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Bike Week

6th June - 12th June

This year Bike Week is all about you and your local community, we want to encourage as many people as possible to get out there and enjoy their community by bike. We want you to dream big and imagine how your community could be improved if everyone in it used their bikes more, together we can make a better world by bike. 

These last few years have seen a lot of change, many people took up cycling or rediscovered it, dusting off that old bike sitting in the shed to get out there again. Some for exercise, some for commuting to work, to go to the shops or even just to be able to see friends and family. The bike can give everyone freedom, freedom to choose how to travel and how to live their lives better and healthier. 

So this Bike Week from 6-12 June lets really celebrate cycling, it’s our chance to all come together and tell the UK that cycling is the answer, the answer to many questions – how can I help myself, my community, my county and my planet. 

Are you ready for bike week?


National Growing for Wellbeing Week

6th June – 12th June

The next Growing for Wellbeing Week will take place on the 6th – 12th June 2022. Set up by Life at No.27, the week is a celebration of the magic that growing your own produce can do for your wellbeing, both physically and mentally.

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental ill health each year. There is strong evidence highlighting the health benefits of gardening and GYO in particular, including improved confidence, communication, concentration and ultimately self-belief.

Gardening improves mental health, enables better physical health, provides an opportunity to connect with others, acquire new skills and enjoy the great outdoors.

After all, It’s not what you grow, it’s how YOU grow.

Please help us to raise awareness of the importance of supporting children and adult’s mental health during the week. 

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Child Safety Week

6th June - 12th June

Child Safety Week is an annual community education campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), acting as a catalyst for thousands of safety conversations and activities UK-wide.

We help families build confidence and skills in managing the real risks to children's safety. We want all children to have the freedom to grow and learn, safe from serious harm.

Don’t miss out. For free safety advice and resources direct to your inbox, sign up below;

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Drowning Prevention Week

18th June 12 – 25th June

Enjoy Water Safely

Drowning Prevention Week is one of the largest summer water safety campaign across the UK.

The campaign is designed to explore a multitude of opportunities to proactively raise awareness of water safety ahead of a summer outdoors. Starting in May, through the summer, the risk to the public through accidental drowning increases significantly - Is critical in raising awareness and encouraging the public to enjoy water safely.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK has been caring for families for over 130-years and is encouraging everybody that can to do their little bit this summer!

Download free water safety resources



Walk Together for Bowel Cancer

11th June

Walk Together is the annual sponsored five mile walk which brings people together to show support for those undergoing treatment, to remember loved ones and to help stop people dying of bowel cancer.

  • Date: Saturday 11 June (or any day in June that works for you)

Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK – that's nearly 43,000 people every year. But with the money raised through events like Walk Together, we can continue to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer.

Now, more than ever, they need your support

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National Smile Month

16th May - 16th June 

National Smile Month is a long running and high profile campaign that is held throughout the United Kingdom to raise awareness of the importance of good oral hygiene. 

National Smile Month is primarily organised by the Oral Health Foundation with the aim of helping to improve the oral health of millions of people throughout the United Kingdom. During this month long campaign special events will be organised in schools throughout the United Kingdom to help children to establish healthy oral habits.

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Diabetes Week 2022

13th June - 19th June

This Diabetes Week (13–19 June), we’re celebrating each and every one of you. 

Your blood sugar won’t always be in range. Figuring out food labels and menus might have you tearing your hair out. And you might have treated that 3am hypo with a few too many jelly babies. (And biscuits. Oh, and that sandwich…) But you’re doing it, every single day. Living with diabetes, juggling the ups and downs. And that’s worth celebrating.

So, this Diabetes Week, let’s celebrate you, the millions of people going through the same things, and everyone who’s there to support you along the way.

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BNF Healthy Eating Week

13th June - 17th June

Our big message for the Week this year is, Eat well for you and the planet. We will be providing free information, activity ideas and resources to help everyone on their journey to having a healthier and more sustainable diet. 

Find out more


Learning Disability Week

20th June – 26th June 

The theme: Living Life with a Learning Disability

This year, we want to show how people with a learning disability are reconnecting with friends and their communities. We also want to talk about the issues many people still face after the end of COVID restrictions, like still having to isolate or dealing with poor mental health and anxiety. We know that many people don’t know what a learning disability is, or what life can be like for somebody that has one. 

Find out more information from Mencap

Read our report from people with Learning Disabilities, and/or a Sensory Loss and require additional communication needs. 

Don't Forget About Me Report


Men’s Health Week

13th June - 19th June

We've been through a lot these past couple of years. Covid has not gone away - not at all - but we are beginning to live with it.

To do this, we need to be at the top of our game, physically and mentally. So, for this year's Men's Health Week, which runs 13-19 June it's time for you, me and men everywhere, to give ourselves an MOT.

More information on MAN MOT 


Cervical Screening Awareness Week

20th June  – 26th June

During Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2022 (20-26 June), it’s time to talk about how to make the test better. 

Save the date and join us to raise awareness of cervical screening (smear tests). We're going to be talking about some of the reasons the test can be hard. It’s not all about embarrassment and we'll be sharing tips, experiences and working with experts to help those who find cervical screening difficult.

Download the toolkit


Refugee Week

20th June - 26th June

The Theme: Healing

Refugee Week 2022 is 20–26 June, and anyone can take part by holding or taking part in an event and activity.

We will be sharing further resources and ideas for activities relating to ‘Healing’ over the coming months. For updates, sign up to the Refugee Week newsletter, and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


National Clean Air Day

16th June

The theme for this year’s campaign is: “Air pollution dirties every organ in your body. Take steps to improve your health this Clean Air Day.” 

Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest campaign on air pollution, today announces the theme for 16 June 2022. 

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Global MND Awareness Day

21st June 

On Tuesday 21 June, like MND/ALS communities across the world, we will be marking Global MND Awareness Day

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