A look back at 2018

2018 has been another fun filled year for the residents and staff at Ascot Care, here’s a look back over what has happened in the last 12 months.

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Care homes such as Springfield Lodge, Castle View, The Lawns and Westoe Grange have all undergone refurbishments giving them new conservatories, some with salons, re-decorated rooms giving bright spaces for residents to relax and enjoy the day.

Residents throughout the year have been treated with entertainment, such as having music days, to play instruments, listen to professional singers, trips to the beach, tea dances, food and drink festivals, a visit to South Shields museum, the Discovery museum, Beamish, Alnwick Gardens and visits to our other care homes to socialise with other residents, along with our residents getting behind the England team during the World Cup earlier this year.  

Along with the entertainment, residents have been entering competitions and helping to raise money for charities.  Competitions included, best Guy Fawkes, best pumpkin for Halloween, Elf for Alzheimer’s, Memory Walks and many more.

Ascot Care also have been helping other charities throughout the year.  Gareth and Gavin Nesbit played in a charity golf day to raise money for the ‘Beefy Foundation’, founded by Ian Botham, helping young people with chronic illness.  We also held our very own charity golf day, played at Close House, raising money for ‘Hire a Hero’ helping those who have served in the forces getting back into employment.

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Ascot Care have been nominated in many awards this year.  We were finalists in the ‘National Learning, Disability and Autism Awards 2018’.  Then we went on to receive through the Armed Forces Covenant, the Silver Award for ‘Employer Recognition Scheme’ for continuing to be a business that strives to help ex-servicemen and their families after leaving the forces.  Along with these awards we were nominated in several categories at the ‘Great British Care Awards’.

We are pleased to say for another year we have maintained our high standards in care and have received a rating in all our care homes of GOOD, awarded by the CQC (Care Quality Commission).

Later in the year came Remembrance Sunday which is an important time of year for our residents and staff.  Local schools made displays of poppies and residents also created their very own masterpieces, which were put on display for the public to see.  Our residents were able to visit the ‘There but not there project’, watch the procession and attend the service of remembrance.

Christmas has been an entertaining time for all at Ascot Care.  Our care homes have been highly decorated giving a fun and happy atmosphere.  The residents have visited fairs, listened to choirs and watched pantomimes put on by the North East Production Company.  It has been fun to watch our residents taking part in Christmas Jumper competitions and seeing the hampers being awarded to the winners.  Also at this time of year, Ascot Care have helped raise money for ‘Mission Christmas, Cash for Kids’, helping underprivileged children in our region, have a safe and happy time and receive a present.

Again Ascot Care would like to thank everyone who has helped 2018 be so successful and wishes everyone a Happy New Year.

Ascot Care support the Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to proudly support those who have served in the forces, along with their families and to ensure they are treated fairly.

Ascot Care have been involved in many ways to support the Armed Forces Covenant, such as our involvement with ‘Hire a Hero’, which helps veterans to have the opportunity and support they need to make the transition back into civilian work life.

The Ministry of Defence's National Employer Recognition Awards scheme, launched in 2014 by the Prime Minister, recognises employer support for the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Ascot Care attended the Armed Forces Covenant awards ceremony earlier this month which was a fantastic event held at Jesmond Dene house.  At this event, Ascot Care were proud to officially receive our Silver Award in recognition of our ongoing contribution to the Armed Forces Community. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces community. This includes the Reserves, Service leavers, Armed Forces veterans, the wounded, injured and sick, Cadets, military spouses or partners and their families.

Ascot Care are delighted to have received the Silver award.  We will continue to help the Armed Forces in any way we can,  supporting those who have served to have the opportunities as everyone else in day to day life.

Councillor Ken Stephenson, South Tyneside Mayor, who is actively involved in supporting the Armed Forces Covenant and who holds the Gold Award, congratulated Ascot Care for our work and contributions.

Ascot Care’s final fundraiser of 2018 (for Hire a Hero) is planned in December and we have already begun planning our full 2019 schedule that will underpin our support to the Armed Forces. The full schedule will be announced early in 2019.

Great British Care Awards 2018

The Great British Care Awards is a collection of regional events within the UK, which acknowledge and celebrates excellence within the care sector.

The Awards are aimed to give thanks to individuals who have shown exceptional excellence and contribution within this field of work. The Awards are focused on front line staff, such as care workers and care managers, to people who have helped with specialist training, in multiple areas of care from residential to home care.

The Great British Care Awards held the finals of their annual Great North East Care Awards ceremony on 1st December 2018 at the Hilton Hotel, Gateshead, where over 200 attendees awaited the winning results.

Ascot Care for the second year running were nominated in multiple categories in the finals of the Great British Care Awards. We were both honoured and excited to attend the prestigious event once again this year.

Company Director, Gareth Nesbit said:

“To be nominated in multiple categories is extremely satisfying. As a company we strive to improve our care and our level of service on a continued basis.

Attending the Great British Care Awards as finalists again this year, shows our pursuit of improvement is working and is an uplifting reward to our staff for all their efforts”