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Apprenticeship Newsletters - July 2021

July is National Hygiene Week 5-11th

There are over 14 million people living in poverty in the UK; 4.6 million of whom are children and 65% of which are working families. Even before the economic impact of the pandemic people were faced with stressful weekly decisions between purchasing food, paying rent or buying essential hygiene products. Its proven hygiene poverty can prevent people from fully participating in society and can negatively affect good health and mental well-being, potentially impacting early childhood development, learning, employability and social interaction.

National Hygiene Week is organised by the national charity The Hygiene Bank to provide a platform for raising awareness and creating new conversations about the hygiene poverty crisis in the UK.

The Hygiene Bank is a national, grassroots, volunteer-powered charity with a vision that one day everyone living in the UK will have access to essential hygiene products. Their network of projects exist to provide the basics to people living in poverty who are unable to afford to stay clean. They believe feeling clean should not be a luxury or a privilege in the modern world and so they work to inspire social change.

Last year, several organisations in the third and private sector participated in National Hygiene Week (14th-20th September 2020) delivering events and actions such as thought leadership discussions, educational resources for schools, social media campaign & media coverage.

The success of the first National Hygiene Week demonstrated the need to continue to create new conversations about a wider safety net for those experiencing poverty. From the 5th-11th July 2021 The Hygiene Bank will host the 2nd annual National Hygiene Week where they will have online and in person activities throughout the week to bring individuals, communities, businesses and thought leaders together to tackle hygiene poverty.

To learn more about National Hygiene Week please visit: national-hygiene-week/

If you would like to get involved in National Hygiene Week, please email 

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National Schizophrenia Awareness Day - 25th July 2021

National Schizophrenia Awareness Day on 25 July 2021 shines a light on the challenges faced by hundreds of thousands of people living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia in the UK and millions more worldwide. It sets out the steps we can all take to break down the stigma and discrimination surrounding this much misunderstood illness. On 9 May 1970, a retired university professor whose son had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, John Pringle, wrote a plea for action in The Times newspaper.

“A personal experience of this kind is inevitably subjectively coloured, but it has persuaded me to look into other cases with which I have no emotional link, and into the general question, and my conclusions are disturbing, particularly about the community provision for the victims of the condition.” - John Pringle

His article generated over 400 responses from families and carers who were determined to improve both the support available to people living with schizophrenia, and the advice available to carers. This led to the creation of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship on 25 July 1972, which later transformed into four charities working across the nations of the UK: Hafal, MindWise, Rethink Mental Illness and Support in Mind Scotland.

What is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a disorder of the brain affecting how an individual behaves, thinks and sees the world around them. The actual causes of schizophrenia are not fully understood. The causes may include genetic and environmental factors. The symptoms of schizophrenia may vary depending on the individual and it usually includes delusions, hallucinations and thought disturbances. Treatment includes medications and psychotherapy.

Wear purple to show your support, small things make a big difference. You can get more information by clicking on the link below.
below. National Schizophrenia Awareness Day (

The symptoms of Schizophrenia may vary depending on the individual and they usually include:
• Delusion
 • Hallucinations and illusions
 • Disordered thinking
 • Disordered behaviour
 • Flat affect- lack of emotional expression
 • Agitation
 • Inappropriate reactions
 • Phobia
 • Lack of pleasure or interest in activities
 • Lack of motivation to do anything
 • Decreased speech output


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