Hot Topics September 2022



What is it?
Originally conceived by the Hungarian Civil Society and supported by the Hungarian Parliament and Government – its purpose was “to enhance visibility, organise special events, and in this way to increase solidarity, social responsibility and public support for charity”.

Why 5th September 2022
This was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Theresa of Calcutta and her receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace." On 17 December 2012 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution by consensus to designate the 5th September as the International Day of Charity which was co-sponsored by 44 member states.

Rationale behind it – “encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness raising activities”.

Ways To Celebrate How can you celebrate International Day of Charity? However you see fit!

Some ways to get involved are:

• Volunteer: Sign up to volunteer at a charity or organization of your choice. Some fun volunteering activities may involve: teaching kids, planting trees, visiting a hospice, selling used goods for a non-profit, writing grants, etc. If you have a passion for education, you can see what volunteer opportunities are available at the University of the People.

• Donate: You can donate your time or money. No matter how you choose to donate, you’ll be making a difference.

• Attend A Charity Event: Many no-profits and for-profit businesses will host charity events as fundraisers. Either all or some of the proceeds are then donated to a specified cause. You can sign up to attend one of these events and know you’re giving back!

• Random act of kindness

• Giving Back For Good


Inspired by Mother Teresa, the International Day of Charity aims to raise awareness and boost involvement for giving back to the community and the world. If everyone does one small action to make a difference, big changes will come. Get involved by taking part on September

• Find a charity you believe in and then find out if they are have a special event on the 5th September

• It coincides with World Cheese Pizza day so you can even donate a cheese pizza!!!!!

British Values

Did you know – on this day (7th September 1914) Private Thomas Highgate becomes the first British Soldier, to be executed for desertion during WW1. In total 302 were executed for desertion and 3,076 were sentenced to death.

Potential Topics for discussion - With regard to British Values how does this comply with mutual respect, individual liberty and rule of law?
Links to the current world around us – would we naturally expect all Ukrainians and Russians to automatically bear arms and fight for their countries?Would their
Focus on Employers – whilst we can appreciate the need for individual liberty and
freedom of speech where would we be in the workplace without “Rule of Law” and
“mutual respect”?

(N.B these are merely potential topics for discussion and are not representative of
any organisational views).



Every year organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

The latest suicides statistics showed that in 2018, in the UK and Republic of Ireland, more than 6,800 people died by suicide. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy.

And we know that suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable. In the UK, men are three times as likely to die by suicide as women. In the Republic of Ireland, the rate is four times higher among men than women. While there has been a reduction in the number of people completing suicide over the last ten years, the numbers are still worryingly high. World Suicide Prevention Day aims to start the conversation about suicide and to show that recovery is possible.

Risk factors
There is no single reason why people die by suicide. People think of suicide for many different reasons. Sociological, economical, psychological and genetic factors can contribute to a person being at greater risk of suicide.

A risk factor might include:

• Difficult life events. Such as a traumatic childhood or experiencing physical or emotional abuse,

• something upsetting or life changing such as a relationship ending or a loved one dying,

• misusing drugs or alcohol,

• living alone or having little social contact with other people,

• having a mental health condition such as depression

• self-harming,

• having a physical health condition, especially if this causes pain or serious disability,

• problems with work or money,

• being a young person, or

• being a middle-aged man



Men are at greater risk of suicide than women. While suicide rates vary across the UK, men have accounted for more deaths by suicide than women in each nation.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) state that men represent three quarters of UK suicides. Which has been consistent since the mid-1990s.

In 2019 suicide was the largest cause of death for men aged 20-49 in the UK. But men aged 45-49 had the highest rate of suicide with 25.5 deaths per 100,000 people.

Women most at risk of suicide are between the ages of 50-54 with the data showing 7.4 deaths per 100,000 people. Although suicide has been the leading cause of death for both males and females aged 20-34 for a few decades, overall, there have been a low number of deaths among people under 25.

However, rates of suicide for the under 25s has increased in recent years for both males and females, particularly in females. The rate of suicide in under 25 women has increased by 94% since 2012. A record high for England and Wales. Even with the recent increase in female suicide for the under 25’s, men in the same age group have more recorded suicides.

It’s only partially understood why men are more likely to die by suicide than women. Research carried out by Samaritans found that:

• Men tend to choose more lethal methods compared to women

• Social expectations of masculinity may mean that men are less likely to seek help for suicidal thoughts compared to women

• Men are significantly more affected by relationship breakdowns compared to women

An under-researched area is suicide among trans and non-binary people. According to the LGBTQI+ charity Stonewall, almost half of trans people, 46%, have thought about taking their life in the last year.

Trans and non-binary people have to deal with specific risk factors as a minority community, such as stigma, prejudice and discrimination. Their experiences challenge current assumptions in our understanding of gender influencing suicide risk


Contact your:

• GP and ask for an emergency appointment

• Local urgent mental health helpline (numbers for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can be found here)

• Local NHS 111 service

If you live in England: NHS Telephone 111 Samaritans Telephone 116123

If you live in Wales: NHS Direct Telephone 0845 46 47 Samaritans Wales Telephone 116123 Telephone 0808 164 0123 (Cymraeg)

If you live in Scotland: NHS 24 Telephone 111 Breathing Space Telephone 0800 83 85 87

If you live in Northern Ireland: Lifeline Telephone 0808 808 8000


What is National Coding week?

National coding week this year takes place during 13th -18th September 2022. The idea of this week is to bring coding and digital literacy to everyone in a Fun and engaging way.

History of National Coding Week?

The idea and grassroots movement for National Coding Week began in the UK, founded by former head teacher Richard Rolfe and tech entrepreneur Jordan Love, who was appointed EU Code Week Ambassador for the UK. It took place during the week of September 21, 2014, intending to help adults improve their digital literacy to fill the growing skills gap in the country.

What is coding?

Coding, sometimes called computer programming, is how we communicate with computers. Code tells a computer what actions to take in a specific way. By learning to write code, you can communicate with computers in an efficient way, creating programs, computer applications (apps) and Websites.

Why is it important?

We are now living in a digital age, everywhere we go and everything we virtually interact with is computerised. We all now have no real choice but to embrace the changing and emerging digital age. We all have hopes, dreams, and plans for the future. Whether you’re looking for a new opportunity, want to improve your current job, or searching for a new hobby, coding can help you do that. And remember, anyone can learn how to code!

Coding can improve your problem solving skills, design skills, logical thinking and processing skills. Coding can allow you to explore solutions to a problem. Get Coding….

Make Cool Stuff

If you ever wanted to make an app or a website? Code can do that. It can also help you automate a spreadsheet or create new tools for your community or household. Learning to code makes it possible to imagine the things you want to make and actually build them.


History of Coding / Programming

Ada Lovelace, Countess of Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer who introduced many computer concepts during the 1840s and is generally considered the first computer programmer. She spent 1842 and 1843 translating an article written by the famous mathematician, Charles Babbage, who wanted to use changeable punch cards to store programs on his invention, the Analytic Engine, which was the first computer. She predicted that one day the theoretical computer would be able to play music, as well as chess, which came true! The programming language “Ada” is honourably named after her.


Held on the 30th September, National Sporting Heritage Day is an annual event to celebrate sporting heritage. The day is for everyone involved in sport and heritage who wants to promote how sport can be used for inspiration and celebration.

We are delighted to announce that this year's theme is celebrating diversity in sport.

What better time to celebrate sporting heritage than now! Over the last few months we have had some incredible success in sport with the World Championships Athletics event in Oregon, The UEFA Women’s Football European Cup in England and the Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham.

Sporting heritage is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and talk about heritage, diversity, culture, tolerance, respect and health and wellbeing too. If you’re not sure where to start, watch the opening ceremony to the Commonwealth Games and see how many nations are represented. Look at the diversity that is represented and celebrate the fact that this is one of the only times Para-Athletes get the same air time as able bodied. This is also a great conversation topic about heritage as the Commonwealth Games is the only time Team GB is separated into its commonwealth nations so athletes from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, The Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey are allowed to represent their place of birth.

This is replicated further when we consider those athletes that have dual heritage based on their birth place or their parents.

Consider the following in your next pub quiz. Jack Grealish played for ROI U21 and then England U21.

Recently, we have seen the news about Mo Farah too. Further discussion topics could be developed here with learners about how this would make them feel but also about perceptions, tolerance and respect.

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