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.


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.


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.

Ascot Care Fully Supports The Armed Forces Covenant

Ascot Care is honoured to be fully committed to supporting The Armed Forces Covenant, a promise from the nation that those who serve or have previously served in the armed forces and their families are treated with fairness and respect. 

The covenant supports members within the armed forces community and helps them gain access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen. This support includes education, housing, employment and financial assistance. 

The Armed Forces fulfil a responsibility to face danger at the risk of injury, and sacrificing some civilian freedoms, while their families play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of the Armed Forces duty. The armed forces covenant recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to support and respect members of the armed forces and sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces. 

The Covenant is supported by the community covenant, which encourages local authorities and communities to help integrate the armed forces into local life and nurture the public understanding of issues affecting the armed forces community. It is also supported by the corporate covenant, a public pledge from businesses and organisations who are committed to their support of the armed forces community and demonstrate through recruitment and training. 

Find out more about The Armed Forces Covenant here.