Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

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The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge will be taking place in December 2019. This is a rare event where up to 30 teams from all over the world can enter the 3000 mile rowing challenge starting from The Canary Islands, Spain, and finishing in Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean. The challenge is so unique, more people have climbed Everest than sailed across an ocean. To learn more about The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, click here

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Ascot Care helps military organisations through charity work and donations whenever possible, and we are donating to this years British Army entrants, FORCE ATLANTIC. Force Atlantic is made up of 3 British Army instructors and an 18 year old junior soldier from the Army Foundation College Harrogate. The team will face enduring conditions, 20 foot waves, 3000 miles and 90 days at sea, being challenged both mentally and physically. Click here to read about Force Atlantic

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Force Atlantic are taking on the challenge to show what can be achieved by being part of the Army Foundation College and promote themselves to disadvantaged teenagers from all over the country, and show what great leadership skills can be learnt within the college and how they too can become successful. The Army Foundation College will also be raising money to support (ABF) The Soldiers' Charity.  The charity provides vital support to soldiers, veterans and their families in times of need.

£70,000-£90,000 is required to finance the teams entry into the challenge.  The higher the figure, the more competitive the boat and associated equipment will be, increasing the chances of winning! Ideally Force Atlantic are looking to raise £!00,000 in order to also donate to the charity. If you would like to donate to see Force Atlantic have all they need to compete to the best of their ability and to donate to The Soldiers’ Charity, click here.

We will be giving an update as to how Force Atlantic are getting on later in the year.

Stay Compliant

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If you are working in the care industry and want to make sure your business is compliant and keeping up to date with the standards set by the CQC (Care Quality Commission), then Ascot Care Agency has the service for you. We offer various services to meet your needs, whether it be to give you complete guidance from the beginning, target areas, or regular checks throughout the year to keep you on track, Ascot Care can help to keep your business running smoothly. For details of all our compliance services available, click the link below to read or compliance leaflet.


Use your Noggin to raise awareness

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Ascot Care are proud to be supporting Noggin Sport, a community interest company founded by professional rugby playing brothers Conor and Kieran Joyce. Mental health is becoming more and more acknowledged as a serious problem for individuals in high pressure sporting events. Conor and Kieran wanted to do all they could to help raise awareness on this topic, so they created Noggin Sport, raising money by producing and selling a clothing range of hats (beanies and baseball caps) and T-shirts, in a range of colours, designs and specific motif’s for team clothing. All the profits from sales go directly to supporting mental health awareness projects in the UK and Ireland.

At Ascot care, we see the problems many people with mental health difficulties face on a daily basis and see it as our duty to help in any way we can. Ascot Care help young people with anxiety and depression, through charity work and sponsorship as an addition to the continual care we provide to our elderly residents in our very own care homes living with depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Ascot Care has been supporting Noggin Sport by buying beanies for the coaches at Durham University Rugby Club, specially designed in the teams colours with the university emblem and motto ‘Fundamenta Eius Super Montibus sanctis’. The coaches will be proud to wear their beanies on these cold evenings on the sidelines. Durham University has also supported the scheme by buying beanies for the players.

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If you would like to support the cause, you can purchase various items at the Noggin Sport website.

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Training services

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Make 2019 the year to learn new skills, gain qualifications and certificates to help you become the care worker you want to be, giving yourself the confidence to make a difference to your career and the people you care for.

Read our training leaflet to view the online and classroom based courses available. Contact our office to find out more and book your place.

Be prepared for cold weather

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At this time of year, sadly the cold weather is the cause of most illnesses and deaths in elderly people more than any other time of year.

In the winter months we ask you to be ‘Cold Aware’, looking after yourself and others.  If you have elderly neighbours, friends or family, why not check they are ok, offer to collect their shopping or a prescription. Pop in to check they have all that they need, as cold conditions can affect people suffering with depression and dementia. 

The cold air of winter months is often dry and can cause irritation to those with respiratory problems. The cold air thickens the blood and increases blood pressure, sometimes resulting in heart attacks, strokes, increased arthritis, accidents and falls.  This is why it is so important to be ‘Cold Aware’ for ourselves and others around us.

Be prepared and check the weather forecasts on television and radio, or the Met Office website, Twitter page, or call their direct weather desk on 0370 900 0100, or 01392 885 680.

If you are making your way outdoors, dress appropriately, wear several layers rather than one thick layer.  Most of the body’s heat is lost through the head and neck, so make sure you have your hat and scarf.  This is applicable even if you are indoors, many people will think because they are inside, they will be ok, but if the temperature is too cold, keep the hat and scarf on along with socks and slippers.

For you to stay safe, the ideal temperature in your home, is to keep your living room at least 21°C and the bedroom at a minimum of 18°C, remembering to keep your windows closed and curtains drawn.

Remember to be ‘Cold Aware’ and for any more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/keep-warm-keep-well/

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