Catalyst has created a National Awareness Days calendar for 2019. You may find this useful for planning related events throughout the year.

MonthDateAwareness CampaignNotes
January27thHolocaust Memorial DayMarks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, it is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust. Organised by The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT).
31stYoung Carers Awareness DayThe purpose of the day is to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by young people because of their caring role, and to campaign for greater support for young carers and their needs.
February1stLGBT History MonthThis year’s theme is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation.
4thWorld Cancer DayWorld Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
4th-10thSexual Abuse & Sexual Awareness WeekCampaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.
4th-10thChildrens Mental Health WeekShines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
5thChinese New YearYear of the Pig.
5thSafer Internet DaySafer Internet Day promotes the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.
11th-17thStudent Volunteering WeekA week-long celebration of everything to do with student volunteering! Used to recognise and thank student volunteers, and to encourage volunteering.
14thInternational Book Giving DayAll about getting books into the hands of as many children as possible on 14th February #bookgivingday
17thNational Random Acts of Kindness Day National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness.
25thFairtrade FortnightAnnual event organized and funded by the Fairtrade Foundation to increase awareness of Fairtrade products.
March1st-8thTime for a Cuppa'Time for a Cuppa' is a Dementia UK initiative. It aims to raise funds for Admiral Nurses. No matter what size, every tea party makes a difference to the lives of families facing dementia.
7thWorld Book DayWorld Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading.
8thInternational Women's DayIt is a focal point in the movement for women's rights.
13thNational No Smoking DayAn annual health awareness day in the United Kingdom which is intended to help smokers who want to quit smoking.
16th - 24thCultural Diversity Awareness WeekAn annual event held in March to coincide with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony on March 21.
15thRed Nose Day (Comic Relief)As well as fundraising, they also help to raise awareness around some important issues where they work with others to have the biggest impact in creating lasting change.
16thChild Sexual Exploitation Awareness DayThe National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.
20thAids Awareness DayAn international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
April1st -National Stress Awareness MonthStress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
7thWorld Health DayA global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organisation.
15thInternational Microvolunteering DayPromotes awareness of the microvolunteering concept and how it can enable worthy causes and individuals to better the world via bite-sized actions.
19th-27thPassoverJews celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.
19th/21stGood Friday/Easter SundayA festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
20thWorld Volunteering Recognition DayVolunteer Recognition Day honors all volunteers who are working on behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain.
22ndInternational Mother Earth DayIt recognizes that "the Earth and its ecosystems are our home" and that "it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.
28thWorld Day for Safety and Health at WorkThis year, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and the World Day Against Child Labour are coming together in a joint campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.
May1stLocal and Community History MonthMission is to 'inspire, enable and encourage' people across all walks of life to get involved with history, and the Local and Community history month is one of their ways to do it.
6th-12thRed Cross WeekDuring Red Cross Week, people across the UK come together to help raise money for people in crisis.
11thWorld Fairtrade DayAn inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.
12th-26thFoster Care FortnightThe Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. It is also the UK's biggest foster carer recruitment campaign.
13th-19thNational Vegetarian WeekHighlights to the wider public the benefits and pleasures of a meat-free diet.
28thWorld Hunger DayWorld Hunger Day is an initiative by The Hunger Project. Started in 2011, it aims to celebrate sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty. This year, the day will highlight the importance of fostering self-reliance, upholding principles of human dignity and recognizing that every human is inherently creative, resourceful, responsible and productive.
June1st-7thVolunteers WeekAn annual celebration observed in many countries, to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism and volunteering.
4th*Eid-ul-FitrMuslim Celebration marking the end of Fasting.
10thDiabetes Awareness WeekRaising awareness of diabetes and what changes people can make in order to reduce their risk is the main aim of the charity. They are also involved with campaigning, funding research and offering support and advice to current sufferers.
10th-16thCarers WeekAn annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
17th - 23rdSmall Charities WeekA celebration of the work of small charities across the country (those with a turnover under £1 million). Each day of the week is themed to maximise the support opportunities available for small charities.
17th-23rdRefugee WeekThe UK's largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary.
July1stNational Picnic MonthNational Picnic Month encourages you to get out and celebrate the warm summer days and find your love and wonder of the outdoors again while enjoying some great food!
August11th*Eid-ul-AdhaMuslim Celebration marking the end of Hajj (Muslim Pilgrimage)
September5thInternational Day of CharitiesThe International Day of Charity is observed annually on 5 September. It was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012.
10thWorld Suicide Prevention DayAn awareness day which aims to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003.
21stInternational Day of PeaceUnofficially known as World Peace Day, is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday observed annually on 21 September.
27thWorld's Biggest Coffee MorningMacmillan Cancer Support's biggest fundraising event. Each year, people in the UK and worldwide host their own Coffee Morning.
October1stBlack History MonthA day of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
8thYom KippurAlso known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance.
10thWorld Mental Health DayA day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
18thAnti-Slavery DayAn Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom to introduce a national day to raise awareness of the need to eradicate all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation.
27thDiwaliFestival of light, one the biggest Hindu celebrations.
November4th - 8thTrustees WeekTrustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.
11th-17thAnti-Bullying WeekAims to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people, in schools and elsewhere, and to highlight ways of preventing and responding to it.
19thInternational Men's DayCelebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities.
25thWhite Ribbon DayA global movement of men and boys working to end male violence against women and girls.
30thCarers Right DayAims to help people in their community find out about their rights as a carer and where to go for support.
December5thInternational Volunteer DayRecognizes volunteers worldwide – with a special focus on local community volunteers – who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks.
25thChristmasChristian celebration of the Birth of Christ (Jesus).
22nd-30thHunukkahHanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

Please let us know if your organisation is planning any campaigns during the year, we will be happy to share and promote this amongst our networks.

If you think that we have missed out a National Awareness Day please contact Fiza Iqbal by emailing – or call 01642 733906 for it to be added to this directory.

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