Welcome to the Health BOCS Update, the monthly update on Health and Wellbeing activities at The Brothers of Charity Services in England.
As part of Health BOCS, the Brothers of Charity Services’ health and wellbeing programme, throughout April we promoted: 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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As part of Health BOCS, the Brothers of Charity Services’ health and wellbeing programme, throughout May, we will be promoting: Dementia Awareness Week.
Dementia Awareness Week
Dementia Awareness Week also known as Dementia Action Week, takes place between the 20th and 26th May. During this week, everyone is asked to take actions, both large and small to help make everyday life better for those with dementia; working to create a dementia-friendly UK where those with dementia do not feel excluded.
There are 850,000 people in the UK who are affected by dementia, and it does not just affect the elderly, 40,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 suffer from early onset dementia. It is believed that by 2015 the number of people who have dementia in the UK will have risen to 2 million!
In 2018 it was decided that the name of the week would change to Dementia Action Week in order to recognise the fact that whilst raising awareness of issues surrounding dementia is important, more action needs to be taken to create the chance in communities that people with dementia want and need.
During this week a range of fundraising events from sports events to bake-offs and quizzes will be taking place across the UK for this amazing cause.
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