2024 UK Awareness Days Calendar for HR professionals
The ultimate list of UK Awareness Days and Inclusion Awareness Days in 2024 for HR professionals
A tool for busy HR professionals who want to celebrate and support their amazingly diverse workforce on various Awareness Days throughout 2024.
We get it, life is busy. Going through a year’s worth of events, awareness days/weeks/months can take a while. So, to avoid missing out on showing your people that you care, and taking part in (at least a few of) the many celebrations that will be happening in 2024, we’ve got you covered.
Below is the complete list of Awareness Days, Weeks & Months celebrated in the UK. We also put this same list into a PDF, and from there you can add each individual event straight into your calendar. You can download the PDF version of the List of UK Awareness Days here.
And, just because it’s us, we’ve thrown a few cheeky ones into the mix as well. Hint: see if you can spot our Chief Dog Officer Dylan’s very own addition.
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Why awareness days matter
Celebrating the awareness days listed in this document isn’t just a PR exercise. It goes deeper than this, and many of the causes listed below hold particular significance to the employees who work within your organisation. While it’s impossible to raise awareness of and celebrate them all, we recommend getting to know your staff to find out which ones hold particular meaning for your people. This will make them feel valued, appreciated and most of all, seen. Here are some of the causes that are close to the heart of the members of the LTT team.
Jo Taylor, MD & Founder: Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2024
“This day stands out for me as it’s important to remember where I come from. I am not a practising Jew but I do have a deep-seated faith, anchored by where I came from. Some of my family members died in the Holocaust, and we should never forget or take for granted the life that our ancestors sacrificed so we can live today.”
Mike Gippert, Client Engagement Manager: Brew Monday, 15 January 2024
“I always have a cuppa on the go during the workday, and this day is a perfect reminder to reach out to those closest to you to check in and catch up. It turns Blue Monday on its head and into something positive!”
Nikki Sawyer, Project Coordinator: Random Acts of Kindness Day, 27 February 2024
“It reminds us to always look out for people around us. Sometimes, it’s the small things in life that can make a big difference.”
Rebecca Longman, Senior Consultant: National Careers Week, 4 to 9 March 2024
“There are so many I could have chosen on this list. I chose National Careers Week because I’m so aware of the impact our jobs have on our mental health. When people make choices to go into a career that doesn’t serve them, the results can be catastrophic. Choosing a career (and job role) that plays to your strengths, celebrates you, makes you feel valued and supported and challenges you is not only positive for you personally, it impacts your family, friends, and wider network. The right career can help you be happier and healthier.”
Yvette Janse Van Rensburg, Senior Consultant: National Walking Month, May 2024
“I LOVE walking! There really hasn’t been a challenge or problem I’ve experienced that I couldn’t think through whilst walking. Sometimes, just that change in space, spending time in nature, and feeling the sun or a brisk breeze on your skin can make all the difference in the world! My top tip for exploring: download AllTrails and uncover a new world!”
Charlie Southwell, Marketing Director, National Walking Month, May 2024
“It’s the perfect time of year (as the seasons start to change) to really make sure you get to spend time outdoors. I love making time for walking and spending time being active with the family.”
Dylan, Chief Dog Officer: International Dog Day, 26 August 2024
Catherine Wilson, Senior Consultant: Dyslexia Awareness Week, 7 to 13 October 2024
“My daughter is dyslexic. It is estimated that between 10% and 20% of the population are dyslexic. Whilst we have made great headway in society to understand dyslexia and to see the great value in those who are dyslexic, I think we have a long way to go before we will be truly inclusive and supportive in this area. This awareness week helps us understand and appreciate what dyslexia is and the great value dyslexic people can add to society.”
Craig Howells, Sales & Operations Manager: Movember, November 2024
“It still astounds me that suicide is the leading cause of death in men under the age of 50. Samaritans answer a call for help every ten seconds and tragically, someone dies from suicide in the UK every 90 seconds. Movember is a fantastic event that raises awareness of men’s health issues, and as men, we need to do more to talk to each other and seek help when something isn’t right. It’s okay to not be okay.”
Joni Smith, Project Manager: International Happiness at Work Week, September 2024
“We spend so much time at work and life is too short to spend so much of your life miserable. It’s really important to find your happy at work and for leaders to understand how to create a meaningfully happy working environment”
Awareness Days in January 2024
The UK’s one-month alcohol-free challenge.
The UK’s ‘go Vegan’ 31-day challenge.
Festival of Sleep Day
A day dedicated to rest and relaxation after the busy and indulgent festive season.
World Braile Day
A day to raise awareness of Braille, the reading system for blind and partially sighted people.
Hashtags: #BrailleDay #WorldBrailleDay
International Parity at Work Day
A day to celebrate diverse workplaces by campaigning for equitable pay for everyone, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.
Hashtags: #ParityAtWorkDay #InternationalParityAtWorkDay
Big Energy Saving Week
Big Energy Saving Week helps people save money on their energy bills through education and understanding. A partnership between Citizens Advice and the Money Saving Trust.
Unofficially crowned the saddest day of the year due to the cold weather, the darkness, and delayed Christmas bills coming in before pay day.
Brew Monday is Blue Monday’s more positive twin. Samaritans reminds everyone to reach out for a cuppa and a catch-up with the people you care about.
Holocaust Memorial Day
A time to remember the millions of people who died during the Holocaust under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
Parent Mental Health Day
Parent Mental Health Day encourages understanding and awareness of the importance of parents’ mental health and its impact on the whole family system.
Awareness Days in February 2024
UK LGBT+ History Month
Annual month-long observance of LGBT+ history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.
Hashtags: #LGBTplusHM #educateOUTprejudice
World Hijab Day
WHD is in recognition of millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab and live a life of modesty.
Time to Talk Day
A day for friends, families, communities, and workplaces to come together to talk about mental health, listen and help change lives.
World Cancer Day
An international awareness day led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to raise worldwide attention and inspire action for a cancer-free future.
Hashtags: #CloseTheCareGap #WorldCancerDay
National Sickie Day
The first Monday of every February is statistically the day when most workers are likely to call in sick.
Race Equality Week
An annual UK-wide movement uniting thousands of organisations and individuals to address the barriers to race equality in the workplace.
Hashtags: #ItsEveryonesBusiness #RaceEqualityWeek #ActionDrivesChange
Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week
The UK’s national week to raise awareness of sexual abuse and violence, and to provide an opportunity for any organisation or individual to engage in dialogue.
National Apprenticeship Week
An annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships.
Hashtags: #NationalApprenticesshipWeek #NAW2024
Random Acts of Kindness Day
A day to celebrate and encourage random acts of kindness.
Hashtags: #RandomActsOfKindnessWeek #MakeKindnessTheNorm #RAKtivist
Emotional Health Day
A day for everyone to think about their own emotional health and how they can support and develop it in others, whether in their family, in school or in their workplace.
Awareness Days in March 2024
National Employee Appreciation Day
For employers to give thanks or recognition to their employees.
National Careers Week
A celebration of career guidance and free resources in education across the UK.
Hashtags: #NationalCareersWeek #NCW2024
International Women’s Day
A day to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.
Hashtags: #BreakTheBias #IWD2024 #InternationalWomensDay
Neurodiversity Celebration Week
Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences.
Hashtags: #NeurodiversityCelebrationWeek #NCW
Sign Language Week
Celebrated each year to coincide with the anniversary of the recognition of British Sign Language (BSL) by the UK Government in 2003. Sign Language Week is an initiative of the British Deaf Association (BDA).
Hashtags: #SLWeek2024 #SignLanguageWeek
Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day is an annual fundraising campaign to end the cycle of child poverty and ensure a healthy future for all children.
International Day of Happiness
Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.
Hashtags: #HappinessDay #InternationalDayofHappiness
Debt Awareness Week
An annual campaign that aims to put problem debt and free advice on the agenda.
Awareness Days in April 2024
Stress Awareness Month
Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes of and cures for the modern stress epidemic.
Hashtags: #StressAwarenessMonth #wellbeing #stress
World Autism Awareness Day
Highlights the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism, so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.
Hashtags: #WorldAutismAwarenessDay #StandUp4HumanRights
World Health Day
It is celebrated annually and each year draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.
Earth Day is an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
Hashtags: #EarthDay2024 #EarthDay #InvestInOurPlanet
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
Promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.
Awareness Days in May 2024
National Walking Month
Helps promote walking as a form of exercise that is good for your health.
Hashtags: #NationalWalkingMonth #WalkThisMay
Time for a Cuppa
Event to raise vital funds to help families facing dementia.
Deaf Awareness Week
A week to celebrate deafness and promotion inclusion.
Hashtags: #DeafAwarenessWeek #DAW2024
International Workers Day / Labour Day
A celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement.
World Laughter Day
The celebration of World Laughter Day is a positive manifestation for world peace and is intended to build up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event where there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBTQIA+ rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTQ+ rights work worldwide.
Hashtags: #IDAHOBIT2024 #IDAHOBIT
International Human Resources Day
Designed to pay tribute to those working in HR departments everywhere.
Water Saving Week
An annual week created by Waterwise to raise awareness of the issues around water use.
National Conversation Week
All about the simple, pleasurable and rewarding art of simply talking to each other. This one is mostly US-based, but we like it, so it made the shortlist!
Hashtags: #NatConvWeek #NoSillyQuestions
UN Cultural Diversity Day
Highlighting not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development.
Hashtags: #CulturalDiversityDay #WDCDDD
Awareness Days in June 2024
A month dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ communities all around the world.
Hashtags: #pride #PrideInLondon #AllOurPride
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.
National Fish and Chip Day
Every year on the first Friday in June, residents of the United Kingdom celebrate one of the country’s most famous combinations of foods: fish & chips!
Global Wellness Day
Global Wellness Day is a day dedicated to living well. The purpose of Global Wellness Day is to ask the question, even if for just one day, “How can I live a healthier and better life?”.
Hashtags: #GlobalWellnessDay #GWS2024
International Men’s Health Week
The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Hashtags: #GlobalWellnessDay #GWS2024
Learning Disability Week
Aims to educate, spread awareness, and increase understanding of learning disabilities.
World Wellbeing Week
An opportunity to celebrate the many aspects of wellbeing, from meaningful, purposeful work to financial security, physical, mental and emotional health, social resilience and empathic corporate and civic leadership, community relations and care for the environment.
Hashtags: #WorldWellbeingWeek #WellbeingWorld #WellbeingReimagined
Awareness Days in July 2024
Plastic Free July
Plastic Free July is an annual global movement that encourages people to reduce their plastic consumption for the whole month.
Hashtags: #PlasticFreeJuly #ChooseToRefuse
Thank You Day
A day to celebrate all the things that keep us connected in our communities, saying ‘thank you’ to each other – making a brew, sharing a cake, lighting up the BBQ, and getting everyone together.
Alcohol Awareness Week
Highlights solutions to help address the harms related to alcohol and other drug use.
World Chocolate Day
An annual celebration of chocolate! Need we say more?
International Self-Care Day
Self-Care Day marks the end of Self-Care Month. This symbolic day was chosen because self-care can be practised “24 hours a day/7 days a week”.
Hashtags: #SelfCareDay #InternationalSelfCareDay
International Day of Friendship
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
Awareness Days in August 2024
International Happiness Happens Month
Dedicated to celebrating things that make you happy.
Cycle to Work Day
Encouraging workers all around the country to get on their bikes and get into work the best way possible – on two wheels!
World Photography Day
World Photography Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography.
International Dog Day
Celebrating dogs of all breeds! This one was a special request from the Let’s Talk Talent Chief Dog Officer, Dylan. Happy Dog Day, Dylan!
National Burger Day
A day to celebrate one of the most loved foods in the UK!
Awareness Days in September 2024
This campaign looks at how you can achieve better sleep and what benefits a good night’s sleep can bring.
This campaign aims to raise awareness of organic products and the brands, producers and farmers who bring them to us in the UK.
World Alzheimer’s Month
World Alzheimer’s Month is a global opportunity to raise awareness around, educate, encourage support of and demystify dementia.
National Doodle Day
National Doodle Day, when famous faces from the worlds of art, sport and entertainment create one-off doodles to support people with epilepsy.
EveryWoman Day is a project created to raise awareness and share experiences about women’s health, so that other women can benefit.
International Day of Charity
The International Day of Charity was established with the objective of sensitising and mobilising people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.
World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on September 10th every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.
National Pension Awareness Week
A campaign determined to encourage everyone to engage with their pension and to understand the benefits of financial wellbeing more widely.
Hashtags: #PensionAwarenessWeek #PAW24
World Cleanup Day
World Cleanup Day unites millions of volunteers, governments and organisations in 191 countries to tackle the global waste problem and build up the new and sustainable world.
Hashtags: #WorldCleanupDay #LetsDoItWorld
International Equal Pay Day
A day to raise awareness about equal pay. This recognition is an intentional focus on the disparities of the pay between women and men for work of equal value, where the work requires equal or more skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions.Their goal is to end pay gap discrimination.
Hashtags: #InternationalEqualPayDay #EqualPay
It’s the one week of the year when retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, governments, and the media come together to achieve one goal: to galvanise the public into recycling more of the right things, more often.
International Week of Happiness at Work
Raises awareness of several actions to help improve employee happiness at work.
International Day of Peace
A day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.
Car Free Day
A day when car drivers are being encouraged to find alternative ways of travelling, without using their car.
World Dream Day
On this day, people around the world declare, share, celebrate, and activate their dreams.
Human Resource Professional Day
Human Resource Professional Day is celebrated every September 26 and is designed to pay tribute to those working in HR departments everywhere.
National Inclusion Week
National Inclusion Week (NIW) is a week dedicated to celebrating inclusion and taking action to create inclusive workplaces.
Hashtags: #NationalInclusionWeek #NIW2024
Awareness Days in October 2024
Black History Month
An annual observance that began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
Hashtags: #BlackHistoryMonthUK #BHMUK #UKBlackHistory #BlackHistoryMonth
Stoptober is a major annual event to encourage smokers to quit for 28 days in October, with the aim of stopping smoking permanently.
Go Sober for October
Sober October encourages people to go alcohol-free in October to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
To increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
Menopause Awareness Month
Putting the spotlight on the support available for those going through the menopause or experiencing menopausal symptoms.
Hashtags: #MenopauseAwarenessMonth #OwnYourMenopause
Dyslexia Awareness Week
Annual event to raise awareness of dyslexia.
Hashtags: #DyslexiaAwarenessWeek #DAW2024
World Smile Day
A day to make someone else smile and brighten up their day.
National Curry Week
Celebrating the UK’s love affair with curry!
Baby Loss Awareness Week
A special opportunity to mark the lives of babies lost in pregnancy, or at or soon after birth.
Hashtags: #BLAW #BLAW2024
Dyspraxia Awareness Week
The week explores dyspraxic people’s experience of physical activity and the effect it has on their physical and mental health.
National Work Life Week
An annual campaign to get both employers and employees talking about wellbeing at work and work-life balance.
World Mental Health Day
The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health.
World Food Day
Promotes worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all, leaving no-one behind.
US-based day, but we like this one! Boss’s day is a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year.
World Menopause Day
The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing.
Hashtags: #WorldMenopauseDay #OwnYourMenopause
World Osteoporosis Day
A day intended to encourage people around the world to check for bone density and bone health status regularly (especially people above 50) and adopt a healthy lifestyle to strengthen bone health.
Awareness Days in November 2024
An annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide.
World Vegan Month
This month, plant-based eaters from across the globe come together to celebrate their 100% cruelty-free lifestyle.
World Vegan Day
World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world on November 1st.
National Stress Awareness Day
Highlighting the ways that stress can affect people and what you can do to manage your stress before it becomes a problem.
Talk Money Week (MAPS)
The week is an opportunity for everyone to get involved with events and activities across the UK which help people have more open conversations about their money – from pocket money to pensions – and continue these conversations year-round.
Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed to honour armed forces members who have died in the line of duty.
Hashtags: #PoppyAppeal #Remembrance #RemembranceDay
Kindness Day UK
A celebration of kindness, which aims to increase the value of kindness in society as well as increase the number of kind acts that take place.
Hashtags: #WorldKindnessDay #BeKind
Aims to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people.
World Prematurity Day
Raises awareness of pre-term birth and the concerns of pre-term babies and their families worldwide.
International Men’s Day
The day that Richard Herring redirects hundreds of sexist trolls on Twitter to, every International Women’s day! Also a celebration of all the great men in our lives.
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.
Awareness Days in December 2024
An annual event involving the growing of beards during the month of December to support everyone with bowel cancer!
Giving Tuesday was created as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the last decade, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Promotes an understanding of disability issues and mobilises support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities.
National Grief Awareness Week
To raise awareness of the myriad ways in which individuals cope with loss.
Christmas Jumper Day
Save the Children’s annual event, which raises money for children in the UK and across the world. Every December, millions of people across the United Kingdom (and beyond!) put on a festive outfit at their workplace, school, or with friends and make a donation to help give children the magical future they deserve.
Human Rights Day
On Human Rights Day, observed every year on December 10th, we acknowledge the importance of human rights.
National Workplace Remembrance Day
A time to remember everyone who lost their lives at work, whatever their job, whatever their level, whatever their industry – they served and sacrificed in our economy.
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