Plastic Free July 2020

Plastic Free July is a worldwide event that encourages millions of people to take part in reducing plastic pollution and improving the environment. There are many ways in which we can reduce our use of single-use plastics from using your own takeaway cup when grabbing a coffee to re-using a metal straw for those delicious summer iced coffees!

You can sign up to take part in the July challenge here.

For more information click here.

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National Picnic Month July 2020

History of Picnic Month

Throughout the recorded history of civilization, there has always been something special about leaving the stuffy confines of your home and eating a meal outdoors. We know there’s a beautiful world out there waiting for us to come visit it, and when summer comes around we’re reminded just how much time we’ve been locked inside or being eager to come in from the cold. The word ‘picnic’ is thought to have first been used by Tony Willis in 1692, and from that point forward everyone from the working class to the upper crust have been fascinated with taking their repast outside under the sky.

Picnics have been used for many things throughout the centuries, from a simply family gathering spent enjoying the outdoors, to being used as a peaceful protest in the Pan-European Picnic, which was held on the Hungarian/Austrian border in 1989. The most notable, and largest, picnic ever held spanned 600 miles, crossing France from coast to coast and celebrated the millennium’s first Bastille Day in 2000. Such a diverse resume for such a simple concept, don’t you think? Picnic Month celebrates the history of this activity and the way it has been used to bring families, countries, and all humanity together.

How to celebrate Picnic Month

Picnic month is exceptionally easy to celebrate! You just have to get outside into the world and enjoy all the wonderful sights and smells it has to offer. Get your family and friends together at a favorite nearby park and bring your favorite foods that can be eaten cold for a traditional picnic, or bring a small grill and prepare warm delicious food on the spot!

Information obtain from https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/picnic-month/

 

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National Smile Month

National Smile Month is organised each year by the Oral Health Foundation.

Their aim is to help us achieve good physical and mental well-being by focussing on improving our oral health.

For more information please click here.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 18th May – 24th May 2020

Looking after our mental health is more important than ever right now and the Mental Health Foundation are running a mental health awareness week this May.

For more information and how you can get involved click here.

For general information regarding mental health and where to get support you can click here.

 

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National Walking Month

May is National Walking Month.

Right now more than ever the focus on staying active through this pandemic is important. Whether you are totally isolated and can’t get out or able get out for your daily exercising allowance you can still remain active.

Living Streets are the UK charity for every day walking and May is their awareness month. To find out more about their Try20 campaign to keep us walking in May click here.

You can download their #Try20 daily motivation poster here: Try 20 Poster.

For more information about Living Streets please click here.

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Make May Purple – Stroke Awareness Month

Make May Purple is the Stroke Association fundraising and awareness campaign that coincides with National Stroke Awareness Month (May).

To find out how you can get involved with fundraising click here.

For information about Strokes, treatment, etc you can click the link here.

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Belong And Grow Week 18th-22nd May

It’s BAG week coming up and the Learning and Development Office have put together a timetable of virtual activities for you to take part in.

Please see the poster with the full details here: Belong & Grow Week Timetable

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Sun Awareness Week

Click on the link for more information to support staff regarding the Sun Awareness Week which will be running from Monday 4th May 2020 to Sunday 10th May 2020. 

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Creating a Positive Daily Routine whilst Working From Home

Whilst we are all adjusting and trying to be productive working from home click the link to see 7 suggested steps for a better day working from home.

https://happiful.com/working-from-home-7-steps-for-a-better-work-day/

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Coronavirus Information

Click on the link for more information to support staff regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

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