Dry January – Awareness 2020

Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January. It is run by the charity Alcohol Change UK.

The rules

  1. No alcohol from when you wake up on New Year’s Day until 1 February.

… And that’s all!

We don’t sell Golden Tickets to give you a day off. If you decide to have a drink, that’s totally up to you. A drier January is still something to be proud of, and your body will thank you!

But if you can make it through the month alcohol-free, you’ll get bigger benefits. The biggest benefit of all is that you’ll see you don’t need alcohol to have fun, go out, stay in, relax or do anything else you might associate with drinking. And knowing that will help you take control of your drinking year-round.

Why do Dry January?

Taking part in Dry January is a chance to ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline, boost your energy and save some serious money, while doing your body a lot of good. More importantly, it’s a way to reset your relationship with alcohol and drink more healthily year-round. Read more about why doing Dry January is a good idea.

Why sign up for Dry January?

People who sign up for Dry January, whether online or via the free app. are TWICE as likely to make it through the whole month alcohol-free compared to those who go it alone.Sign up now

But does it work?

Yes! 72% of people who do Dry January are still drinking less riskily six months later. You can read a summary of the evidence on Dry January’s effectiveness here.

December World AIDS Awareness 2019

World Aids Day December Awareness
World AIDS Day, designated on 1st December every year since 1988.

It is an 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. Government and health officials, non governmental organisations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

As of 2017, AIDS has killed between 28.9 million and 41.5 million people worldwide, and an estimated 36.7 million people are living with HIV, making it the most important global public health issues in recorded history.

November Men’s Health Awareness 2019

November Awareness Month 2019
November Awareness Month 2019

Movember, the month formerly known as November, is when brave and selfless men around the world grow a moustache, and women step up to support them, all to raise awareness and funds for men’s health – specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

September Urology Awareness 2019

September Urology Awareness
September Urology Awareness

Urology, also known as genitourinary surgery, is the branch of medicine that focuses on surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary-tract system and the male reproductive organs.

Urologists treat a wide variety of conditions that affect the urinary system and male reproductive system.

In men, urologists treat:

  • cancers of the bladder, kidneys, penis, testicles, and adrenal and prostate glands
  • prostate gland enlargement
  • erectile dysfunction, or trouble getting or keeping an erection
  • infertility
  • interstitial cystitis, also called painful bladder syndrome
  • kidney diseases
  • kidney stones
  • prostatitis, which is inflammation of the prostate gland
  • urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • varicoceles, or enlarged veins in the scrotum

In women, urologists treat:

  • bladder prolapse, or the dropping of the bladder into the vagina
  • cancers of the bladder, kidneys, and adrenal glands
  • interstitial cystitis
  • kidney stones
  • overactive bladder
  • UTIs
  • urinary incontinence

In children, urologists treat:

  • bed-wetting
  • blockages and other problems with the urinary tract structure
  • undescended testicles

August Penicillin Awareness 2019

Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin

Alexander Fleming was born on 6 August 1881, He qualified with distinction in 1906 in 1928, while studying influenza he found a dish with a bacterial ring around the mould this became known as penicillin. Fleming wrote numerous papers on bacteriology, immunology and chemotherapy. In 1944 he was knighted and in 1945 won a noble prize in medicine in 1955 he died of a heart attack.

July Samaritans (Talk To Us) Awareness 2019

Sophie’s Story on how Samaritans helped her out when she was in a difficult situation and how she now has the freedom to run the marathon all thanks to speaking to one of the Samaritans volunteers.

Talk To Us is our annual awareness-raising campaign.

Samaritans are challenging the UK to become better listeners by sharing expert tips on how to be a better listener. Throughout July, Samaritans branches are also holding events throughout the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the services they offer in their local communities. Visit your local branch website to see what they’re doing during Talk To Us.

June Stillbirth Awareness 2019

Sands is lucky to have so many wonderful supporters, who are passionate for our cause. Watch this animation and discover how your support makes a difference in the lives of many bereaved families across the UK.

We can only continue to deliver our crucial work with your ongoing support. When you donate, fundraise or volunteer for Sands, you are supporting our vision of a world where fewer babies die and helping to ensure that every bereaved family, wherever they live in the UK, gets the care and support they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it.

Our new film highlights the work Sands does to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, improving bereavement care and pioneering new research to save more babies’ lives; and what you can do to help.

We achieve this by:

  • Supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby,
  • Improving bereavement care,
  • Promoting research to save more babies’ lives.

Here are our four aims:

1) Local support for bereaved families across the UK

The money you raise allows us to run a countrywide network of regional support groups which offer free regular support meetings for anyone affected by the death of a baby.

2) Bereavement support for anyone affected by the death of a baby

The money you raise enables us to offer free bereavement support to anyone affected by the death of a baby, no matter how long ago. It means we can expand our bereavement support services and ensure they are accessible to every bereaved family throughout their journey.

3) Improving bereavement care across the UK

The money you contribute helps to maintain and expand our free bereavement care training programme for health professionals, ensuring that every family whose baby has died receives equally excellent bereavement care.

We work towards ensuring that every parent whose baby has died has access to a bereavement suite, wherever they live in the UK. The money you raise supports opening new bereavement suites, and improving existing ones, across the country.

4) Funding vital research into reducing the numbers of babies dying

Research is a crucial part of our work. Your support helps fund research to better understand the causes of baby deaths and save babies’ lives.

Every penny raised makes a real and lasting difference to the lives of bereaved families and helps save babies’ lives.

M.E Awareness Event 2019

Led by #MEAction, the first global #MillionsMissing protests took place in May 2016. It has since grown each year to an astounding 100+ cities and virtual protests in 2018. The effects of ME are devastating enough to leave 25% of patients housebound or bedbound and an estimated 75% unable to work.  ME affects 15 to 30 million around the world, yet this disease remains invisible and people are missing from their own lives.

M.E. – a disease that remains invisible, yet millions of people are missing out on fulfilling their own lives.

Riding for Disabled

Barnsley RDA was originally formed in 1979 as a local branch of the national charity Riding for the Disabled. In the late 1990’s Riding for the Disabled registered as charity in their own right. Right from the formation of Barnsley RDA, we have never received any statutory funding to carry out our activities in fact; in order for us to run effectively, we have to raise in excess of £50,000 each year. Our aim is to provide disabled people with the opportunity to ride to benefit their health and well being. To provide riding for disabled children and adults.Therapeutic riding programs are popping up all over the country. 

These riding programs bring disabled children and adults together with horses in a world where disabilities can fade away, if only for a short time. Fears can be overcome, self-esteem built up, can inspire confidence and often times the programs can give control of movement via the horse to a child that has not much control.