Dates for your diary: November-December

The festive period may be getting underway but that doesn’t mean health campaigns take a back seat. From raising awareness of HIV and AIDS to supporting people with disabilities, there are plenty of opportunities for pharmacies to get involved with in the coming weeks

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: From 1 November


Turn It Purple


Pancreatic Cancer Action turns the UK purple every November as part of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness of the fifth deadliest cancer in the UK. Pancreatic Cancer Action hopes that ‘Turning It Purple’ will help generate discussion and awareness of pancreatic cancer. This can directly impact awareness of symptoms and boost GP visits to help ensure an earlier diagnosis, which can be critical for successful treatment.

Get involved! 

For more information, plenty of ideas and to order a free Turn It Purple Pack, visit the Pancreatic Cancer Action website

Join the conversation:

@OfficialPCA #PancreaticCancerAwarenessMonth



World AIDS Day: 1 December


Let’s End It


World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and this year’s theme urges people around the world to help put an end to the isolation, stigma and negative impact surrounding HIV. The National Aids Trust is encouraging people to raise awareness of the condition and raise funds. 

Get involved! 

From wearing red ribbons to highlight HIV and starting conversations with customers, there’s a whole host of ways in which pharmacies can get involved in World AIDS Day, spread positive messages and help to end the stigma. Find out more and order red ribbons to sell to raise funds from the National Aids Trust.

Join the conversation:

@NAT_AIDS_Trust #LetsEndIt



Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week: 1-7 December


Making Crohn’s and Colitis visible


Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are often viewed as invisible illnesses. This Awareness Week, Crohn’s and Colitis UK is working to make the invisible visible by raising awareness of the debilitating illnesses. 

Get involved! 

The charity is encouraging supporters to go purple on what it has dubbed ‘Purple Friday’ (1 December), spread the word on social media using a ‘Twibbon’ and complete the ‘snow globe digital card’ to make Crohn’s and colitis more visible. Find out more via the Crohn’s and Colitis UK website.

Join the conversation:

@CrohnsColitisUK #CrohnsAndColitisAwarenessWeek #MakingTheInvisibleVisible



International Day of Persons with Disabilities: 3 December


Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all


International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was founded by the United Nations 25 years ago to increase awareness of disabilities and promote the rights and wellbeing of people with disabilities in all spheres of society and development. 

Get involved! 

Take the opportunity this International Day of Persons with Disabilities to consider your relationships with customers who have a learning disability. Think about what you can do to improve and further develop the support you give them, from how you approach consultations to the resources you have available for them.

Join the conversation:

@UN_Enable #IDPD

United Nations Enable

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