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NATIONAL PARKS WEEK Monday 25th July to Sunday 31st July 2016


The next National Parks Week will take place from Monday 25th July to Sunday 31st July 2016 – it’s our annual national celebration of all things national park and it’s a great opportunity for everyone to get involved.

You can join in and go for a walk with a national park ranger, take part in the Lathkilldale wildlife spotting challenge or introduce the kids to ‘earth exploring’ and lots of fun activities; full details will be added to this webpage nearer the time.

The Peak District was the first British national park designated in 1951 but now there are 15 National Parks throughout Britain, including the Cairngorms, Pembrokeshire Coast and Dartmoor – you can find out more about these naturally beautiful and protected landscapes at

Find out about events and get involved in the chat around National Parks Week on Twitter by using the hashtag #NationalParksWeek .

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National Parks Week


What will your National Parks Week adventure be?

National Parks Week 2016 runs from Monday 25th July to Sunday 31st July and this year it’s all about adventure.

Adventures come in all shapes and sizes and with all the Peak District’s diverse landscapes from moorland to meadow, and a wide variety of activities and events on offer there’s sure to be an adventure that’s perfect for you.

Here are some ideas:

Still stuck for what to do? Call in at one of our visitor centres at Bakewell, Castleton, Edale and Upper Derwent, and talk to our friendly, knowledgeable staff. Look out for new range of products that feature the wildlife and nature that are special to the Peak District National Park.

Whatever you choose we hope you’ll join in the nation’s annual celebration of Britain’s National Parks and enjoy everything that is unique and wonderful about our amazing wilder spaces.

Did you know the Peak District was the first British national park designated in 1951? There are now 15 National Parks throughout Britain, including the Cairngorms, Pembrokeshire Coast and Dartmoor. You can find out more about what there is to do in these naturally beautiful and protected landscapes.


Refugee Week 20-26 June 2016

Celebrate Culture this
Refugee Week
20-26 June 2016

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Refugee Week takes place from 20-26 June 2016.   This special time is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions refugees in the UK make to our wonderfully diverse culture.

The week was first held in 1998 to banish the negative image many people have of refugee women and men in the UK.

Many people don’t realise that the UK is a sanctuary to many people who have been forced to leave their home countries.  Despite the hardship of having to move to a strange new country, these people have enriched our culture, and this is a chance to learn more about them.

In 2013 around 350 activities were held across the country by charities, local groups and schools to learn more, and over 70,000 people participated.  A range of materials, including badges, balloons and banners were available to promote local events and raise awareness of the week.

In 2011 the event coincided with the 60th year of the Refugee Convention.  The Refugee Convention took place in 1951 and it defined the status of who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of states.

You can keep updated on what’s happening on twitter and facebook.  To find out more about getting involved visit the Refugee Week website and share your stories today!

If you visit the website you’ll also find lots of information that you can access for free to help promote your event.  The organisers also welcome any financial help, so if you can donate to this cause your support will be greatly appreciated.


Diabetes Week 12-18 June 2016

Get ready to
raise awareness during
Diabetes Week
12-18 June 2016

Diabetes WeekDiabetes Week

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Diabetes Week takes place from 12-18 June 2016.   Held around the UK each year, this special week is all about raising awareness of this common condition.

All across the country events will be held to raise funds for Diabetes UK, the charity who organise the week.  The charity was formed in 1954 and was called the British Diabetic Association but changed its name in 2000.

It is now the largest diabetes charity in the UK and uses money donated to fund research into the condition and help those suffering from it.

The aim of the week is to raise awareness of diabetes and raise all important funds for the charity which includes their care line.  The charity’s care line provides practical information and emotional support to anyone affected by diabetes – whether you suffer from it yourself, or a friend or family member does.

There are a number of ways to take part in this exciting and important week.   You could hold a quiz at your local pub or community centre, bake cupcakes, sell some unwanted goods on ebay or hold a raffle to raise awareness of this great cause.

In 2012 Diabetes UK became Guinness World Record holders.  How did they do this you may ask?  Well on 11 June 2012 they took a total of 556 waist measurements – the most waist circumference measurements taken in eight hours!  And that’s pretty amazing.

So what are they planning to do this year?  For more information visit the Diabetes Week website and check out the events planned for this year and find out how you can get involved!


Diabetes Week is an annual highlight in the Diabetes UK calendar. It’s a time when we bring our supporters together to raise awareness of the condition, and vital funds for our work.

Setting the record straight Diabetes week 12-18 JuneDiabetes Week 2016

Sunday 12 June to Saturday 18 June 2016

Just about everyone has heard about diabetes. And, with 3.5 million people diagnosed in the UK and a further 549,000 who have the condition but don’t yet know it, most of us know a friend or family member living with diabetes. And yet it’s still hugely misunderstood, and there are so many myths and misconceptions out there that this year, the theme is Setting the record straight. 

This Diabetes Week we are calling on everyone we know to share straight talking stories, facts and videos to let everyone know the truth about diabetes.

We’re focusing on what it’s actually like to live with it every day and talking about the things people with diabetes wish everyone knew about living with the condition.

What’s happening this week?

We’ve got loads going on throughout Diabetes Week, and plenty of ways for you to get involved.

  • If you haven’t already, why not download our pack ofawareness raising posters and fun diabetes fortune teller(PDF, 53KB) to share with your local community to get the message out there to as many people as possible.
  • We’ve created loads of graphics, videos and images to help you raise awareness. Keep your eye out as we’ll be uploading more as the week goes on, but to start with you can update your Facebook (JPG, 795KB) and Twitter (JPG, 319KB) with our Diabetes Week themed headers.
  • We want to hear about your stories and experiences, so join in the conversation #actuallydiabetes #diabetesweek.
  • If you’re a member of a Diabetes UK local group, you can find more materials on the Portal.
  • Find out about some of the myths that healthcare professionals would like to bust about diabetes care over on our Diabetes Week for professionals page.

Join the conversation

Help us spread the word this diabetes week by joining in the conversation with us online. We’ll be uploading new things for you to share each day, so keep checking back to see what’s new.

Diabetes truths


Hold a Patron’s Lunch

Lots of you have already signed up to raise money for Diabetes UK by hosting a Patron’s Lunch. If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late to get involved.

Join us in celebrating Our Patron Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday this Diabetes Week. On the 12 June, Her Majesty hosted the largest street party London has ever seen on The Mall, and we’re inviting all of our supporters to join in the fun by holding their own bash.

Your Patron’s Lunch can be as large or small as you like – be it in your back yard or a village hall. All money raised will go towards funding our Helpline, a dedicated helpline for people with diabetes and their families. We’ve created a pack full of everything you need to make the party a success. For more information and to order your pack, go to our Patron’s lunch page.

If you have any questions about Diabetes Week, contact us at

Recycle Week 13-19 June 2016


Head to the Bottle Bank for
Recycle Week
13-19 June 2016

Recycle Week
Recycle Week

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Recycle Week takes place from 13-19 June 2016.

This special week has been held since 2004 and its mission has been to encourage us to recycle more.  As we all know, recycling is very important for the environment and we need to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Many of us do this already, but Recycle Week is about taking it one step further!  You may recycle at home, but do you recycle at work?   Do you recycle glass jars as well as glass bottles?   Do your kids recycle at school?  Recycling for kids can be fun, and these are just a few ideas for steps you can take to recycle even more!

In previous years Recycle Now has worked in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy.  The Keep Britain Tidy campaign has been going for more that 50 years and their aim is to inspire people to take action to tackle litter and over 20 councils in the UK were inspired to sign up and test out new recycling schemes!

Every year I make a New Year resolution to be greener.   It started by taking my own bags to the supermarket, and as I live in Scotland and we have been charged 5p for every bag we use for a few years now – I’m really glad I got into the habit of doing this.  It’s absolutely amazing what a 5p charge can do – shoppers who used to have loads of plastic carrier bags in their shopping trolley now reuse their bags!  I was in Madeira recently and they also charge for plastic carrier bags in their supermarkets!!

For more information about how you can get involved, visit the Recycle Week website. There’s also a great ideas guide which will help you decide how you can take part and make an impression during the week. I’m certainly going to take a look and see what I can do to reduce my carbon footprint.

Men’s Health Week 13-19 June 2016

It’s time to look at your lifestyle it’s
Men’s Health Week
13-19 June 2016

Men’s Health Week takes place from 13-19 June 2016.

We all know men are the first to complain when it comes to ‘man flu,’ but when it comes to more serious health problems, men are often too shy or embarrassed to come forward and speak to a GP.

The week is organised by the Men’s Health Forum (MHF).   This is an independent charity which aims to help men and boys by tackling inequalities and issues affecting their health.

Formed in 1994 the MHF aims to help by focusing on groups of men who have the worst health and seeing how they can make a difference, whether it be through physical activity, or being there to turn to for mental problems.

Throughout Men’s Health Week the charity will be holding a variety of events.   This year the theme is ‘Together we can beat stress’.  The MHF want to promote healthy living and well being in men.  They will be asking men to focus on their lifestyles and the campaign is all about healthy living and lifestyles.

The purpose of the awareness week is to promote health and there will be lots of fundraising events taking place for the charity.

To find out more and get involved all you need to do is visit the official Men’s Health Week website where you can register to take part in this great event



We all get stressed. The question is: what do you do about it?

This is the theme of Men’s Health Week 2016.

It matters because if we don’t release stress, it can turn into something more serious.

This year, one in four of us will develop a mental health problem. That is odds of 3 to 1. Or about the same as France or Germany winning the Euro 2016 football. In other words, it’s likely to happen sooner or later if we let stress build.

There are many things we can do to beat stress: exercise, sing, dance, laugh, play or listen to music, paint, write, volunteer, learn something new and lots more. Tell us what you do. Let’s talk.

Our message to men: talk about how you beat stress, talk about what causes it. Talk to your mates, talk to your family. And if you want to talk to a professional try the Men’s Health Forum’s new Beat Stress service – free text chat with experts trained in beating stress, no names, no hassle. We’ll be launching the service during the week.

Cervical Screening Awareness Week 13-19 June 2016

Have you been
to your screening?
Cervical Screening
Awareness Week
13-19 June 2016

Cervical Screening Awareness Week will be all about drawing attention to the problem and making people realise just how essential it is that they get checked.  Because, did you know that 20% of British women don’t go to their cervical screening – that is 20% too many!

You might know that the HPV virus often leads to the disease and nearly all of us will get it at some point in our lives.

Thankfully though there are vaccines available to protect you from it.  I’ve had mine and although I was apprehensive when getting them I feel so much safer now having had them!

Are you worried about having the cervical cancer screening? Doctors say for some it could be mildly uncomfortable – but lasting a few minutes at most isn’t it worth being healthy in the long run?

Would you like to help raise awareness this June?   You could display leaflets and posters in local places and a great way to get them noticed would be placing them in the women’s toilets.

You could even run your own stand with the leaflets or organise an event.  For more information on cervical cancer and the annual 5k ‘Walk for Fun’ event go to the Cervical Screening Awareness Week website.Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW)

13 – 19 June

Help us raise awareness of the importance of attending cervical screening (smear tests) to prevent cervical cancer.

Download our campaign toolkit with suggested tweets, newsletter content and much more

Read our press release


Why is it important?

Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing in the UK yet one in four women do not attend cervical screening when invited.

Not going for cervical screening is one of the biggest risk factors for developing cervical cancer.

How can you help?

  • If you’re over the age of 50 and have had cervical cancer or cervical abnromaities we need your help! Share your story as one of our media volunteers and help us raise awarness. To find out more email
  • Display our posters/leaflets/postcards in GP surgeries, hospitals or your local library
  • Distribute our leaflets at your university or college
  • Ask if your employer would allow posters to be put up e.g. in women’s toilets
  • Share our TwitterFacebookInstagram and LinkedIn posts
  • Download our GP surgeries digital poster and displaying it on your reception screen
  • Read our press release
  • Run an information stand with our resources at your local hospital, library, workplace or community centre
  • Organise an event



We provide posters and a range of materials to help support your activities. Download them for free or order materials online now.

If you would like further information please contact us on 020 7250 8311 or

Find out what we did in Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2015

National Nursing Assistants Week 9-16 June 2016

Celebrate the role of
Nursing Assistants on
National Nursing
Assistants Week
9-16 June 2016

National Nursing Assistants Week takes place from 9-16 June 2016 in the USA.

Now in its 39th year, this annual event is a special time to show our local communities how residents and carers can work together to provide care for those who need it.

There will be a number of fun, educational events held throughout the week, all aimed at showing us the amazing work carers do and inspiring us to get involved!

In 2016 carers can look forward to recognition events rewarding the unsung heroes who care every day, as well as events in the press to help raise awareness.

On 9 June 2015 at the start of this special week it is National Career Nursing Assistants Day.   This is also an important time to recognise the work of carers who have dedicated their lives to caring for others and to learn from the skills they have gained in that time.

There are lots of ways to get involved, whether you are already a carer or would like to learn more about how to become one.

To find out more visit the National Nursing Assistants Week and get involved today!

39th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week

39th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week

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39th Annual National

Nursing Assistants Week

June 9-16, 2016

National Career

Nursing Assistants Day

June 9, 2016

Now as never before, attention is being directed to care of our elder and disabled citizens and greater attention also is directed to the workers who provide hands-on-care and caring.

The 39th annual National Nursing Assistants’ Week provides a timely opportunity to foster and showcase the wonderful things that can happen for residents and workers when we join together in planning your special Week, “Nursing Assistants – I Choose Respect.”

Fun projects can also be educational. NA Week Projects for 2016 include Recognition events, Mayor Proclamations, memos to families and news releases; and also includes Person Centered  Care Programs such as “Partnerships: Meeting the Future with Skill and Confidence;”   We also continue the focus on Safe Lifting and decreasing worker injuries.

In order to make a difference, we need to seek out and involve our role models, peers, supervisors, clients, families, community, legislators, public policy officials, media and others.  Nursing Assistants Week provides a venue to bring folks together to create partnerships,  projects and programs that will continue throughout the year for the benefit of all.



The First Day of Nursing Assistants and Direct Care Workers Week–June 9, 2016–is designated as National Career Nursing Assistants’ Day to recognize nursing assistants who have dedicated their lives to the well-being of others for 5 to as many as 58 years.

These “Wisdom Keepers” © play an important role in showcasing “Partnerships ” because they are the “Historians of What Works.” They have developed a wide repertoire of skills and wisdom about how to apply principals of Person Centered care to daily tasks of care. Click here for more info about National Twenty Year Club and National Honor Society for Nursing Assistants.

For ideas on how to commemorate this special day and to request a free copy of the 2016 Planning Guide, click here. 2016 Guide coming soon.



From William Painter, Past President of Board NNCNA,

Advisor to the Male Nursing Assistant Task Force

Recognition for direct care workers has seemed to grow slightly in the past few years. While some of this recognition has to do with a growing awareness of the professional contribution of direct care workers, and is very welcomed, there has also been an increase in displays of “recognition” that are somewhat less sincere and driven by other motives.

This last kind of superficial “pat on the back” might help people feel good for awhile, but not really change care practices for either the workers or the people they care for.

What really changes things is when people come to a genuine understanding of the fundamental role that direct care workers have in creating quality in long term care in this country. Real change for the better only starts when people begin to understand the actual skills it takes to do this work.

The very best way for this kind of genuine recognition and real change to happen is for direct care workers to advocate for themselves! Direct care workers have to take it upon themselves to partner with public, state and federal government agencies, and, in particular, their elected officials about the nature of the work and what workers need to do the job right. Here are some ideas that you can use to advocate for yourself:

  1. Use the Language of  Respect and Cooperation on a daily basis when working with clients, coworkers, families and the community
  2. Make sure that you and your co-workers are registered to vote.
  3. Educate yourself and co-workers about the political issues that affect your jobs and the care you give. (Check news stories. Pay special attention to articles about wages and benefits, overtime pay, parity, staffing ratios, safety on the job, and  job-training.
  4. Get to know your lawmakers! Call your legislators. Write letters. Find out who the influential people are in long term care and contact them. Get a small group together and make an appointment to visit.
  5. Practice your message and avoid complaining – be assertive and professional. It is your government and your money being spent! Don’t be chicken! They hear from the other “experts”, but if they are ever going to understand how it really is, they have got to hear directly from you!
  6. Look for and create opportunities to speak to churches, civic organizations, seniors groups, etc.

The time to act is right now! YOU are the Great American Caregiver and this is your year. Make National Nurse Assistant’s Week a time, not just accept recognition from others, but a time to celebrate all the things you have done already to make your profession everything it can be!

39th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week

National Picnic Week 11-19 June 2016

National Picnic Week
National Picnic Week

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National Picnic Week takes place from 11-19 June 2016 and people throughout the country will be gathering up their picnic accessories and finding any excuse to have a picnic in the great outdoors to celebrate.

I find picnics incredibly romantic in a Jane Austen kind of way.  I think I’ll use National Picnic Week as the perfect excuse to indulge in a picnic for two.   A little feast of strawberries, cream and perhaps I’ll even include some champagne … or maybe just sparkling wine!

Why not try one of the many picnic recipes available in recipe books and online?  Go for a potato salad, beetroot salad or a more exotic selection of antipasti.   Take along a selection of freshly pressed juices and a group of friends and you have the perfect ingredients for a summer picnic.

I can’t go on a picnic without a picnic basket set complete with the traditional wicker look and all the necessary picnic accessories.   The week aims to promote the great outdoors and the classic picnic so long as the weather allows it!   I wonder if wicker is water-proof …

There are a number of ideal picnic spots dotted up and down the country and the website for National Picnic Week has a great map you can use to plan your day out.   Alternatively, be a bit more creative if the weather is not so good; try a picnic in a hotel room or your own front room!


Bike Week 11-19 June 2016

Take to the Streets for
Bike Week
11-19 June 2016

Bike Week
Bike Week

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Bike Week is a special time each year to promote cycling and show us just how easy it is to make cycling part of our every day routine!

There are loads of ways to get involved with this year’s events.  Across the country there will be thousands of cycling events that you can take part in.  And, it really doesn’t matter whether you’re an old pro or new to cycling.

From fundraising to commuter challenges, there’s a great variety of activities to pick from.  Or if you have your own ideas you can always organise your own event too!

It’s the biggest nationwide cycling event and over half a million people will join in and participate in events up and down the country.   So it is hoped that Bike Week will be an even bigger success this year.

For all the latest news and information and details of how you can register for the event visit the Bike Week website for details.

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Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops or just to visit friends. The 2016 event will take place 11-19th June but events still take place through September and beyond!

This year’s Bike Week has a special focus and will encourage people to use their bikes to cycle to work. Many people will use the events to ride and take part in ‘buddy’ rides with colleagues, scope out the easiest route to their place of work or take part in work place challenges.

As the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK, Bike Week encourages over half a million people to join in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around. There are hundreds of events planned for 2016.

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Carers Week! 6-12 June 2016


Show Your Support for
Carers Week!
6-12 June 2016

This year Carers Week will run from 6-12 June 2016.  And this year the organisers are celebrating the 22nd year of the event.

Over the course of this special week you can do your bit to show your support for the 6 million carers currently helping those in need in the UK.

The week is a partnership of nine charities: Age UK, Carers UK, Counsel & Care, Crossroads Care, Dementia UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK, and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.   The group was first formed in 2001 and now holds over 5000 events across the UK throughout Carers Week each year!

Throughout Carers Week the group will aim to recognise the contribution carers make to local communities, lobby MPs and let carers know about the help and support that can be offered to them.

There are lots of ways to get involved with this special week, whether you want to take part in a local event or organise something special of your own.

At the Carers Week website you can find out loads more about organising events and how you can get as much publicity as possible for your local awareness and fundraising campaigns!