Latest health campaigns

Quit smoking in 2023!

down load the NHS Quit Smking App  NHS Quit Smoking on the App Store (


Or sign up with Quit smoking Oxfordshire


GAS (Group A Strep)

UKHSA update on scarlet fever and invasive Group A strep - GOV.UK (


There are lots of viruses that cause sore throats, colds and coughs circulating. These should resolve without medical intervention. However, children can on occasion develop a bacterial infection on top of a virus and that can make them more unwell.

As a parent, if you feel that your child seems seriously unwell, you should trust your own judgement. Contact NHS 111 or your GP if:

  • your child is getting worse
  • your child is feeding or eating much less than normal
  • your child has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more or shows other signs of dehydration
  • your baby is under 3 months and has a temperature of 38°C, or is older than 3 months and has a temperature of 39°C or higher
  • your baby feels hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest, or feels sweaty
  • your child is very tired or irritable

Call 999 or go to A&E if:

  • your child is having difficulty breathing – you may notice grunting noises or their tummy sucking under their ribs
  • there are pauses when your child breathes
  • your child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue
  • your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake

Good hand and respiratory hygiene are important for stopping the spread of many bugs. By teaching your child how to wash their hands properly with soap for 20 seconds, using a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes, and keeping away from others when feeling unwell, they will be able to reduce the risk of picking up or spreading infections.


“If you can make it to 28 days smoke-free, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good!”

Go Active - Move Together

GO Active is here to help everyone in Oxfordshire get moving. We want to make sure that everyone in Oxfordshire can enjoy the benefits of moving more, now more than ever. GO Active brings together a wide range of physical activity opportunities from right across the county - so please take a look, spread the word and enjoy getting active!


Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week - the NHS launched a three month campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) and to encourage victims and survivors to seek help

If you've been sexually assaulted it's important to remember that it was not your fault. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don't be afraid to get help.

Help after rape and sexual assault - NHS (


Oxfordshire’s talking therapies TalkingSpace Plus, here to ‘Help!’

Anybody experiencing anxiety, depression, or other common mental health concerns in Oxfordshire is encouraged to get in touch and see how talking therapies can help them.

Jo Ryder, Consultant Counselling Psychologist, Clinical Lead & Head of IAPT, for TalkingSpace Plus said: ”If you or someone you know and care about is struggling with their mental health and well-being TalkingSpace Plus is here to help you. Our treatment is available over the telephone, via video consultations and can be available face to face too. You don’t even have to visit your GP to get help, you can self refer by visiting our website, Talking Space Plus or by calling 01865 901 222.’’

 Oxfordshire’s talking therapies TalkingSpace Plus, here to ‘Help!’ - Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust


Lose weight - with Achieve Oxfordshire

Do you want to lose weight? Be healthier? Fitter? Achieve Oxfordshire has free 12-week vouchers to help you eat well, move more, lose weight, and improve your health.
To start your journey, please visit or call : 01865 338119  @achieveoxon

Go Sober this October

Ditch the booze this October to help us be there for people living with cancer. Make a real difference and feel amazing!


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Every October, people all over the world show their support for people affected by breast cancer. Our work’s always important, but October is when we get to really shout about it.
For months, the coronavirus put many areas of breast cancer on pause. Now more than ever, we need people, communities and businesses across the UK to help us press play on breast cancer research and care.
From campaigning, volunteering and fundraising, to our life-changing care, support and world-class research - we’re going all out to raise money, raise awareness and make sure people affected by breast cancer know we’re here for them.


Back Care Awareness Week

4 - 8 October 2021
Raise awareness of the problems back pain can cause, as well as prevention and treatments.

World Mental Health Day

10 October 2021
An opportunity to raise awareness and advocacy against mental health stigma.

Vascular Disease Awareness Month.

September 1 - September 30
The main aim of the awareness month is to provide an opportunity for supporters of the charity, from healthcare professionals, to individuals with vascular disease and their families and friends, to create awareness of vascular disease and the charitable work of the Circulation Foundation.

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

1- 30 September

Blood Cancer Awareness Month is an international event that’s been helping to tell the story of blood cancer each September for 10 years. People with blood cancer have the best chance of surviving and then living well when they’re diagnosed quickly and treated with the best medicines.

Blood Cancer Awareness Month | Blood Cancer UK


World Alzheimer's Month

 September 1 - September 30

The focus for this year’s World Alzheimer’s Month campaign is diagnosis, stimulated by recent developments, and potential breakthroughs, in both dementia treatment and diagnostics. In conjunction with this, we are encouraging people to recognise the potential warning signs of dementia and to understand the importance of a timely dementia diagnosis, motivating concerned individuals to seek out information, advice and support - ultimately with the aim of challenging the stigma that surrounds its diagnosis. 

We are encouraging people to ‘Know Dementia’ and ‘Know Alzheimer’s’. When one knows more about dementia, one can be armed with the information, advice and support, that helps them to prepare and adapt.

World Humanitarian Day 2021

On the 19th August each year we celebrate World Humanitarian Day. The purpose of World Humanitarian Day is to raise awareness of the plight of civilians around the world who have become caught up in conflicts, and also honour and raise support for the humanitarian workers who risk, and sometimes lose, their lives to help.

Over 130 million people throughout the world are currently in crisis, either through war or natural disasters and are in need of humanitarian aid.

World Humanitarian Day was established in 2008 by the United Nations General Assembly and was first officially celebrated in 2009. The date of 19th August was chosen as it marks the anniversary of the bombing of the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, an event in which the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mellothe and twenty others lost their lives.

Each year a different theme is chosen for World Humanitarian Day and organisations worldwide get involved to honour this day in a range of ways, from fundraisers to lectures and other events all aimed at raising awareness.

Cycle To Work day

Take part in the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event - Thursday 5th August 2021

Cycle to Work Day is for absolutely everyone. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t cycled in years or have never cycled at all. This is just about giving it a go.

All the cycling action will be happening in our free Love to Ride online community. You can sign up with Facebook, Strava or simply by entering your details, and then connect a smartphone app so you can log their rides. All the info you need to register is on the Love to Ride website. 

For that extra bit of motivation, we’ll also be running a number


Playday 2021

Playday occurs every year on the first Wednesday in August and is a campaign held to celebrate the importance of Play in children’s lives. The annual campaign encourages thousands of children across the UK to get involved in their local community events, be it at their local park or community centre, or you can even set up your own playday to get your community involved.

Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August. Playday 2021 will be celebrated on Wednesday 4 August.

We are delighted to announce that the theme for this year’s Playday is … Summer of Play.

The Playday 2021 theme recognises the challenges children and young people have faced over the past year and the need to enjoy time for play free of restrictions, with their friends, having fun.

Whilst Playday is the national day for play in the UK, this year we are encouraging families, carers, and communities to help children enjoy a Summer of Play.

• Playing is essential for children’s mental health and wellbeing.
• Playing helps children cope with stress and anxiety and fosters resilience, enabling children to better deal with challenges.
• Playing gives children the opportunity to have fun, laugh, take time out, relax, and build friendships.
• Playing outside allows children to appreciate nature, the environment, and feel part of their community.
• Playing is fundamental to children’s happiness, and happy children lead to happier communities.

We are looking forward to hearing about the creative ways you plan to celebrate a Summer of Play and Playday in your community.

For the latest updates on this year’s campaign follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share your plans with us using the hashtags #Playday2021 and #SummerOfPlay.

Find out more about Playday.

Playday is coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.

World Breastfeeding Week 2021

Set every August for the first seven days of the month, World Breastfeeding Week aims to highlight the huge benefits that breastfeeding can bring to both the health and welfare of babies, as well as a wider push for maternal health, focusing on good nutrition, poverty reduction and food security.

The event is organised every year by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network that aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding around the world. Along the way, it works with the World Health Organization and Unicef to get its aid to the right people in the right communities.

World Breastfeeding Week begins each year on the 1st August and runs right through until the 7th.

Of course there are many different demands on busy mother’s, meaning that women who may want to breastfeed their babies haven’t always got the support to continue this. Busy working schedules, alongside the many other challenges that modern women face can mean that women don’t always feel that breastfeeding their child is something that is an accessible option to them.

Breastfeeding weeks aim to raise awareness of the health and wellbeing outcomes of breastfeeding and the importance of supporting mothers to breastfeed for as long as they wish.

National Road Victim Month 2021

National Road Victim Month is held annually in August to remember people that have been killed or injured on our roads.

As well as honouring people that have been lost and injured, it is also a great opportunity to raise awareness to make our roads safer.

RoadPeace hold events during August in memorial to those lost in roads crashes, however you can also do your bit to raise awareness for safer driving by having your own event.

Get involved in the subject at #NationalRoadVictimsMonth 

If you’d like to find out more about RoadPeace, you can do so by visiting their website.  Remembrance Events – RoadPeace

Better Health Week 26th JULY 2021

After successfully kick-starting the nation’s health at launch in July 2020, the Better Health campaign is returning in January 2021 with positive and motivating messages to support us all to take action to improve our health.

Your communities can get help and support to lose weight at

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Tuesday 6th July - Move Together

Invitation to Move Together webinar

Move Together is a new county-wide pathway that promotes physical activity and is delivered by Active Oxfordshire. It aims to support those most affected by COVID-19 and to transform hundreds of lives through exercise and activity. To help launch this project a webinar is being held on Tuesday 6 July (10am to 11.30am) to explain how it can help people who have been shielding or feel lonely and isolated. It will also describe how to refer into the scheme.

For further information and to book your place via Eventbrite.

NHS's Birthday!

NHS birthday 2021, Monday 5 July 2021
As the NHS turns 73, we would like to take the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out. Here are the main activities that we are organising nationally:
Saturday 3 July
• Memorial service: the NHS will hold a special memorial service to remember NHS colleagues who have sadly died during the pandemic.
• Light up blue: landmark buildings in towns and cities across the country are helping the NHS celebrate as it turns 73 this year by ‘lighting up blue’.
Sunday 4 July
• Thank You Day: the Together Coalition will lead a national day of thanks and recognition to celebrate the incredible work of our NHS staff.
Monday 5 July
• St Paul’s service: NHS staff who were on the frontline in the battle against COVID-19 will be at the heart of a special service of commemoration and thanksgiving to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.
• Big Tea: from 3pm, join NHS Charities Together and take a tea break like no other.

Thank You Day

We all have someone to say thank you to this year. Let’s get together and make Sunday 4th July the UK’s biggest ever thank you party!

Are you in?


National Clean Air Day

Let's protect our children's health from air pollution this #CleanAirDay - 17 June.


Cervical Screening Awareness Week

14-20 June 2021

Coronavirus has changed lots of things, but Cervical Screening Awareness Week isn’t one of them.

If you are due cervical screening or have had a test cancelled, you might be wondering what is going on. Whether it’s your first or your last test, this week we’re going to help you understand changes to cervical screening as a result of coronavirus, including what to expect if you go.


Men's Health Week

You'll have surely guessed the theme for Men's Health Week 2021. For 2020, It was 'Take Action on Covid-19'. The week ran from from 15-21 June. All the links and downloads are still available via the links.


Carers Week

7-13 June 2021


1-31 MAY 2021


National Walking Month encourages people to walk more throughout May. The focus this year is #WALKTHISMAY. For more information about the Initiatives visit the website . Let us know how your walks are helping your mental health useing the #WALKTHISMAY to @NHSE_Wellbeing.


10-16 MAY 2021


Mental Health Awareness Week is a UK event supported by the Mental Health Foundation. The aim is to educate the public about mental health issues and to promote better mental health. For information on how to get involved in the awareness week visit Mental Health Week. Take a look at our dedicated webpage on mental health in the workplace.



5 MAY 2021


In Your Hands - prevents Sepsis in healthcare on health facilities to prevent health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) action. Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide. For more information visit the WHO website


National Healthy Eating Week

3-9 MAY 2021


The aim of Deaf Awareness Week is to raise awareness of hearing loss in the UK and its impact on people's lives. Get involved through the UK Council on Deafness website

3-9 MAY 2021


Get involved in raising awareness across the UK by ordering free posters and leaflets from the Sun Awareness range. For more information visit the British Association of Dermatologists website


1-30 APRIL 2021


Stress Awareness Month is held every April to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Talk about stress and it’s effects, share your coping mechanisms and be nice to those who are stressed and anxious. The most crucial thing you can do when you are stressed or anxious is to make sure you are continuing to look after yourself. Make time to relax when you need to and learn to say no to requests that are too much for you. For more information take a look at the Stress Management Society Website.

The Stress Management Society - From Distress to De-Stress