Welcome to the Health BOCS Update, the monthly update on Health and Wellbeing activities at the Brothers of Charity Services in England.
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As part of Health BOCS, the Brothers of Charity Services’ health and wellbeing programme, throughout March, we promoted: No Smoking Day; Downs Syndrome Awareness Week and Sport Relief.
No Smoking Day
No smoking day is an annual health awareness day in the United Kingdom which is intended to help smokers who want to quit smoking. The first No Smoking Day was on Ash Wednesday in 1984, and it now takes place on the second Wednesday in March.
Over the last few decades, it has become very clear how terrible dangerous smoking is. There are toxins in them that cause many different forms of cancer from the mouth to the lungs. What is also important to know is that while it may be a personal choice to smoke or not, when someone smokes near another person, the second hand smoke is just as dangerous to then. So, in fact it really isn’t just a personal decision. The protection of people who do not want to be effected by second-hand smoke has led to new laws in most communities that ban smoking in most public spaces.
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Downs Syndrome Awareness Week
Every single person with Down’s syndrome should have the same opportunities as everyone else, in EVERY area of life:
- Personal development
- Personal relationships
- Health care
- Public Life
- Hobbies and Leisure
Down’s syndrome Awareness Week and World Down Syndrome Day are an amazing opportunity to challenge our society’s misconceptions about Down’s syndrome and to call for it to be more inclusive.
Down’s syndrome Awareness will be celebrating the achievements of people with Down’s syndrome, telling their stories and amplifying their voices.
The DSA will especially be highlighting the stories and achievements of people with Down’s syndrome and who have more complex needs; a section of our own community who can sometimes feel particularly left behind.
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On 13 March, people across the UK will be raising money to help tackle issues including mental health, homelessness and child poverty right across the world.
Sport Relief is the time, every two years, when the British public can get active, have fun and raise cash to help people living incredibly tough lives both in the UK and around the world.
Our fabulous fundraisers get sponsored for Sport Relief, and go the extra mile by organising sports tournaments, quizzes and challenges to raise even more cash.
It all leads up to a fantastic night of Sport Relief TV on the BBC.
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As part of Health BOCS, the Brothers of Charity Services’ health and wellbeing programme, throughout April, we will be promoting: World Autism Awareness Day.
World Autism Awareness Day
World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day on 2nd April every year, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the World.
The day itself brings individual autism organizations together all around the world to aid things like research, diagnoses, treatment and overall acceptance for those affected by this development disorder.
Society has come a long way in raising awareness about autism but there’s still more to be done. We need the public’s support to raise vital funds to continue running campaigns and influencing government decision making, training and sharing knowledge with professionals working with autistic people, and so much more- and that’s where you can come in.
- £5 could pay for a recently diagnosed adult to call our helpline for support and advice
- £40 could pay for a parent of an autistic child to have an hour long telephone consultation with our Education Rights Service
- £200 could fund out Parent to Parent service for a day.
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