Health BOCS Update March 2021

Welcome to the Health BOCS Update, the monthly update on Health and Wellbeing activities at the Brothers of Charity Services in England.

February Promotion

As part of Health BOCS, the Brothers of Charity Services’ health and wellbeing programme, throughout February, we promoted: Dignity Action Day.

Dignity Action Day

Dignity Action Day gives everyone the opportunity to contribute to upholding people’s rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people receiving care. Dignity Action Day aims to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.

“Dignity Action Day highlights a more respectful way of behaving towards vulnerable people. The very old and the very young clearly need our respect, but it wouldn’t do any harm to spread the dignity message across the population then we can all benefit.”

Supporting Dignity Action Day will:

Raise Awareness of the importance of Dignity in Care.

Provide someone with an extra special day.

Demonstrate that everybody in the community has a role to play in upholding Dignity in Care.

Remind the public that staff have a right to be treated with dignity and respect too.

Provide a great community networking opportunity.

On Dignity Action Day we ask health and social care workers to promote dignity in their place of work. We also ask members of the public to promote dignity for people in their communities.

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March Promotion

As part of Health BOCS, the Brothers of Charity Services’ health and wellbeing programme, throughout March, we will be promoting: No Smoking Day; Downs Syndrome Awareness Week and Comic 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
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Work
  • 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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Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK which strives to create a just world, free from poverty. Their mission is to drive positive change through the power of entertainment.

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