May 2022
Awareness Days

Looking for inspiration for your next marketing or social media campaign? Then check out this list of National, International and World awareness days for May 2022.

We’ve included a mix of serious and not so serious awareness days to give you flexibility with your messaging and lot’s of inspiration to your next campaign.

Whole Month

 Local and Community History Month and National Walking Month

Time to learn about your local history and to promote history in general this month. To combine with National Walking month why not take a walk to your local library or community hub and see what you can find out about the history of your local area.

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. It’s low impact on your joints and walking every day delivers a whole host of health benefits. But if walking isn’t part of your daily routine yet, this month is a great opportunity to change that.


1st May

May Day & International Dawn Chorus Day

Our wild bird population is under serious threat from habitat destruction and predation from domestic pets. If there are ways you can help to support them and give the birds in your area a chance please do. They’ll reward you with an extra sweet dawn chorus on the 1st of May and every day.


2nd-8th May

National Gardening week

Gardening doesn’t have to be just an outdoor pursuit. House plants have grown in popularity so much over the last couple of years so we’re celebrating all forms of gardening this week. That even includes simply enjoying a cuppa in your favourite green space too.


3rd-9th May

Sun Awareness week

The sun is starting to make a regular appearance. Do you offer products or services that allow people to enjoy the rays safely?


4th May

Star Wars Day!

May the 4th be with you.


5th May

World Hand Hygiene Day

Not sure about you, but we don’t think hand hygiene is a one day a year kinda thing. Keep washing those hands and if you want to sing Happy Birthday while doing it we’re not going to stop you!


9th May

National Lost Sock Day

So many socks are lost without a trace every day and we just don’t mourn them properly. Well, here’s your day to say goodbye to those that are lost and never found.


9th-15th May

Surviving or Thriving?

This day marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. We should treat our mental health as seriously as we do our physical health. Thankfully there’s a huge network of support services out there to help you to thrive, not just to survive.


11th May

Eat What You Want Day

Just as the name suggests, pizza for breakfast and ice cream for dinner? Go for it and get creative with your food today. There’s no judgement here.


12th May

International Nurses Day

The foot soldiers of our health service and true national heroes. We celebrate them today on the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

Can you support the nurses, NHS workers and carers in your local area or nationally?

This year’s theme is ‘A Voice to Lead – Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health’.


14th May

World Fair Trade Day

In some areas of the world there are still people working themselves to the bone earning pennies. The Fair Trade movement aims to stop that and we can all play our part in this by choosing Fair Trade and ethical options when we shop.


15th May

National Children’s Day

We’re fairly sure that most families will agree that it’s children’s day every day. But this day is all about the importance of protecting children’s rights and freedoms and giving them a healthy childhood.


16th-22nd May

Learning At Work Week

Do you offer a course, or is there something you’ve been itching to learn? Today’s your day to get started.


16th -22nd May

National Vegetarian Week

A week to celebrate all those beautiful, colourful vegetables that the earth provides for us, mud ‘n’ all.


17th May

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

There is still a lot of violence and discrimination directed at the LGBTI community and other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions. Today is about highlighting it and doing whatever we can to address it.

The date was chosen as it was the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.

Seriously, it was classified as a mental disorder!!


16th-20th May

Walk To School Week

Schools across the country will be hosting activities around walking to school this week. But the simplest thing to do is to ditch the car, bus, or bicycle and enjoy a nice walk to school instead.


18th May

National Numeracy Day

Can you remember Pythagoras’s theorem or how to do long division?

Maybe it’s time to brush up on those numeracy skills.

Today is dedicated to trying to encourage people to build confidence in numbers. Numbers are everywhere in our daily lives so it’s helpful to have a basic grasp. There’s plenty of support out there and it’s never too late to learn.


20th May

World Bee Day

Small and mighty, the bee is vitally important to our survival.

Bees and other pollinators pollinate nearly three-quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. But due to habitat loss and the mass use of pesticides in farming and our gardens they are under threat.

What can you do this World Bee Day to help them thrive?


21st May

World Meditation Day

There are so many proven benefits to meditation. From stress and anxiety management to improved memory and preventing/slowing neurodegenerative diseases.

Be kind to your mind and spend 10 minutes today and every day in your om zone.


22nd May

World Goth Day

Goths have a reputation for being sullen and moody. Maybe so, but today it’s their time to celebrate all that is goth culture, from the music to fashion and art.


23rd May

World Turtle Day

Not to brag, but we’ve dived with turtles and they are pretty damn cool. Here’s a day to ‘shellebrate’ them, find out about their world and show them some respect.

They need your help as they’re not all ninjas.


23rd-29th May

National Conversation Week

Talking seemed to be a dying art over the lockdowns and it felt like we were losing our voices and social skills but now it’s all systems go and there’s nothing more pleasurable than a good chat.


28th May-5th June

National Children’s Gardening Week

Get the kids involved in the garden by planting some of these seeds and watch the smiles grow as the seeds do too:


Sprouting Broccoli

Don’t forget the classic favourite, cress on wet kitchen roll!


29th May

World Biscuit and World Digestive Day

Can you make friends with your colleagues and customers by giving them biscuits to digest? Just a thought.


31st May

World No-Tobacco Day

Tobacco has such a negative impact on the environment as well as your health. From cultivation and production through to distribution and waste there are so many reasons to quit.

Can you help people kick the habit, or kick it yourself?

We hope this has given you a few lightbulb moments and lots of inspiration for your next social media and marketing campaigns.
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