Radnor House Surgery & Ascot Medical Centre now offers a 21st century method of consulting a GP. I tried it and found it to be pleasanter, quicker and much more satisfactory, than a traditional consultation!

On their website Home page, click on the blue strip ‘Consult Our Doctors Online

You’ll be offered a wide range of conditions to click on. Or type your condition into the Search box and more detailed options will appear. I typed in rash and the drop-down menu offered me ‘hives’,   ‘urticaria’ and so on . This was very helpful and you feel you're getting somewhere quickly.

At this point we are also offered three options on what kind of consultation we’re seeking:

This is an example of how very well designed this system is. At an early stage, the doctor knows what the patient is trying to get out of the consultation. (It might be an idea to state this up front, in face to face consultations?)

Read more: 21st Century GP e-Consultations in Ascot | A Review

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SMART  - Help for Adults With Drugs or Alcohol Concerns- are at the Trax, Mill Ride, Off Fernbank Road, North Ascot SL5 8JW, on Wednesdays, 10am - 11am  Call  01628 796525
E-mail :  contactwam@smartcjs.org.uk

Who could benefit from this service?

 

Read more: Adults With Drugs or Alcohol Concerns | SMART

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at St.Michael's Church Hall, Church Lane, Sunninghill, on Wednesday evenings at 8.15pm

Alzheimers Dementia Support is a local charity,  commissioned by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to offer free of charge Dementia Awareness Training in the community, to residents and people working in the Borough. Volunteers needed. For more information please  see  www.alzheimersdementiasupport.co.uk.

EVENTS AT KING EDWARDS Hall, King Edwards Road, North Ascot | from Autumn 2018

 

· Singing For Pleasure - Friday's 10.30am-12pm

· Moves & Grooves Tea Dance 3rd Thursday 2pm-4pm~

· Seated Exercise with SMILE - Thursday mornings COMING SOON

 www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

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E-Mail: Rebecca.reeves@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

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There are sometimes 1 and sometimes 2 of us ladies from the Breastfeeding Network who run the breastfeeding support group alongside the Health visitor weigh in session.  You don’t need to weigh your baby to see us you can just pop along, we are usually set up in a corner.

Read more: Ascot Breastfeeding Network | Tuesdays

ASCOT FREEGLE - THE SUCCESSOR TO FREECYCLE: FREE Giving, Locally, Easily

Ascot Freegle

Ascot Freegle is part of a new online re-use network called Freegle formed in the UK as a friendly alternative to Freecycle.

In just six days since Freegle was formed, 143 local groups like ours – 28% of former Freecycle groups and representing over 664,000 members (32% cent of the total UK Freecycle membership) – have moved to the new co-operative umbrella organisation, and many more groups are expected to follow us.

Freegle which means Free Giving, Locally, Easily, offers greater freedom for us to organise the way we work to suit local needs, without the rigid management hierarchy imposed by The Freecycle Network.

The UK has been a big player in Freecycle’s global network accounting for approximately one quarter of all re-used household items saved from landfill, and with more members per head of population than any other country.

There are already millions of people in the UK who offer unwanted household items for reuse by others, rather than dumping them. The new site Freegle is open to everyone who wants to do their bit for the planet - just visit www.iloveFreegle.org.

Read more: Ascot Freegle - Successor to Freecycle

ascot volunteer bureauThe Ascot Volunteer Bureau, which matches volunteer drivers with people who need lifts to appointments, can be contacted on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays, 10 am - 12noon. Local trips cost £4, longer trips have a 45p per mile mileage rate. Visit www.ascotvolunteerbureau.org.uk  Call 01344 625520.  See ARTICLE ON THE AVB



ASPEN, the Ascot Peace Education Network, began meeting prior to this country’s last conflict, euphemistically termed by the UK media Gulf War 2. It has been constituted as an independent voluntary organisation. It aims to build upon the tremendous concern felt by everyone about the war in Iraq. People worldwide, particularly the young, have woken up with a renewed intention to engage In peace building, by resolving conflict, and the group aims to actively promote peace and understanding through educational visits to schools, informed debates, entertaining neighbours with hospitality teas or lunches so improving relationships where we live.  The group meets formally every quarter and plans to invite experienced peace activists to inspire us. Strictly speaking it is not a Christian only group although many of its members worship at All Saints Church. It is not a political organisation only humanitarian. If you wish to join you will be most welcome. Contact Mrs. A Yarwood 01344- 621167.

Read more: ASPEN - Ascot Peace Education Network

The Athena Womens Network meets at the Macdonald Berystede Hotel, Sunninghill, Ascot, on the second Thursday lunch time in the month from 12 noon. For more information CLICK on Athena network, Sunningdale & Ascot . 

Read more: Athena Women's Network | Berystede Hotel | 2nd Thursday

The Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Society has much to offer sufferers from the disease. For more information visit www.bmstc.org or call 0118 901 6000

The Bracknell Forest Domestic Support Service, charges £9 per hour and can be contacted on 01344 383516 or 07518 749889 or e-mail domsupport@bfva.org

www.citizensadvice.org.uk

The Bracknell & District Citizens Advice Bureau are now offering monthly help at King's Corner Surgery on Wednesdays (call to make an appointment), Sunninghill and also every Tuesday, 10am to 12 noon at the Ascot & District Day Centre in Bagshot Road, Sunninghill.

WEBSITE    E-Mail    hello@dawnbradlycoaching.co.uk   Call 07984 954304

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NLP ::  Life Coaching

Dawn Bradly has a Diploma in Life Coaching with NLP and can help with confidence and self-belief, work-life balance, relationships, anxiety and weight loss. Make a life change and achieve your goals. 

For further information please contact: sl@easttowest.org.uk  or 01784 438007 or visit the WEBSITE

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First Aid courses run at the Red Cross Centre, King's Ride, Ascot, usually seven weeks long. For details of the next course, call 01344 627377

E-Mail: fleetlinefreedom@gmail.com       WEBSITE:  www.fleetlinefreedom.co.uk    Jane Richardson 07703124330

Fleetline Freedom is a family run,  private hire business, based in Sunninghill, near Ascot.  We are focused on meeting the needs of wheelchair users, disabled people,  those with restricted movement or additional needs.
You can travel in your wheelchair or we can safely transport your mobility vehicle.


We have a winch for heavier chairs and scooters.  Space for up to 4 passengers in addition to a wheelchair passenger.
Shopping trips, Doctors or hospital appointments, airport or ports, days out, unaccompanied minors, or any other trips. We’ll take extra care to make your journey as seamless and comfortable as possible.

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Tel: 07432 605 517

Enjoy French lessons, one to one tuition,  in your own home, from school year 2 to year 13, GCSE, Common Entrance and A Level, as well as adult french tuition, in Ascot and Sunnings.

Friends in Need runs (every other Wednesday]  in South Ascot Church Hall, Church Road, South Ascot,  2 - 4pm . For more information contact Louise  on 0796437651

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'Ascot Racecourse Supports' generously assists selected local and equine charities.  Over 250 local charities, community groups and businesses benefit each year via exposure on the Ascot national platform, monetary contributions and complimentary tickets for use as raffle/auction prizes. 'Ascot Racecourse Supports' helps in the local community in many ways including donations of raceday tickets, typically in excess of 650 annually, to help with fundraising activities. 

'Ascot Racecourse Supports'  local schools with family raceday offers which earn cash back for school projects and run an annual Royal Ascot Schools Arts Competition with cash prizes which sees artwork displayed in the Ascot Heath tunnel for the local community to enjoy.
 
Over the years it has also supported the Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre, Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race, Mayoral Charity Balls, provided complimentary tickets for community events and provide the Ascot Durning Library and Ascot Hall for local community hire from within racecourse owned premises.   
 
The Racecourse sits on the Neighbourhood Action Group, contributing to key issues identified by Ascot’s community.
CLICK HERE for more information.
 
For further informaiton on these charitable activities or the annual bucket collection ballot, please e-mail charities@ascot.co.uk
 
There is also a “Local Residents Information & Events Hub” where  key locally related Racecourse info is shared. It is also the place where the Racecourse invites those who would like to perform/exhibit or showcase their talent to apply.  See https://www.ascot.co.uk/ascot-racecourse-supports/local-residentsinformation-event-hub

 

WEBSITE   E-Mail: Patrick@HouseHandyman.co.uk

Home handyman offers free advice and reasonably priced consultatins for home and garden improvements in Ascot, Sunningdale, Berkshire

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The Kitchen'  at The Hope Centre offers complimentary lunch and snacks and a chance to meet friends in the village .  Volunteers from all the local churches  offer free soup and toasties, cake, tea & coffee and a good chat . Everyone is welcome to come along, especially those in the community who would like to meet others and have a chat. The Kitchen will be open every Monday between 10am-2.30pm. For more information contact Annie on 01344 626118. For more information please visit our website at www.sunningdalebaptist.org.uk

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Picture  ++++For more information about the Joanna Simpson Foundation , visit http://www.jsfoundation.org.uk/  

The charity transforms the care, support and protection of children affected by domestic abuse and homicide

or e-mail   info@jsfoundation.org.uk 

Telephone :
0203 143 3841

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Read more: Joanna Simpson Foundation | Ascot

 Webhttps://www.kumon.co.uk/ascot/    E-Mailascot@kumoncentre.co.uk     T07730 475272

FREE TRIAL - 21st to May to 15th June 2019

Kumon provides Maths and English instruction to help students achieve above school grade level through self-learning, at South Ascot Church Hall, Church Road, South Ascot , SL5 9DP,  weekdays 3.30pm.

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The Ascot Kumon Centre offers a friendly and welcoming environment. There are students from many local schools who attend each week to study the Kumon maths and/or English programme. Each student has an individualised route through the programme which allows them to work at the most suitable pace for them.

 

Website:  www.sayinggoodbye.org

 

The Mariposa Trust holds 'Saying Goodbye' services for those who have lost a baby.

RBWM :: Childrens services

Ascot & Sunnings residents  now have a brand new local information website where they can find out about services for children and families across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

The new web address is: www.rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk and users will need to update their favourite bookmarks as the old site will no longer be available.

The new look website has been created by Achieving for Children, who deliver children’s services on behalf of the Royal Borough, to offer a more user-friendly format and replaces the existing Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Local Offer site (www.rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk/local_offer).

After a complete review of the former site and using best practice from the successful Kingston and Richmond AfCInfo/Local Offer, local families now have an up to date web channel to help them access information and services.

Kevin McDaniel, Director of Children's Services - Achieving for Children, said:

Read more: New RBWM Local Information Website for Children and Families.

The Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead Link Group offers support for people with self destructive behaviour, anxiety, depression,  impulsiveness and relationships. Contact the NHS Berkshire Complex Needs Service. Call the 0790 989 3123. 

For information about home services such as  gardening and landscape, general maintenance,  electrics, plumbing and heating, visit www.anchorathome.co.uk

 

Eat Better, Run Faster with the  Online http://www.buycheap-pillsonline.com nutrition course at thee School of Health and Well Being. Invest in your health in 2017! Go to  www.healthandwellbeingschool.co.uk

 

PACTThere is a recognised shortage of 10,000 Foster Carers in the UK. PACT, founded in 1911, is also known as the Oxford Diocesan Council for Social Work inc. We are a registered charity working to improve life chances for children. The focus of our work is within Berkshire, including the Ascot area, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and aims to build and strengthen families.

We are an approved Adoption and Fostering Agency. We have a history of finding safe, loving families for children in care. Here are a few facts about Fostering:
1.    Did you know you don’t have to be married to become a Foster Carer?
2.    You don’t have to have children already although you do need to have experience of caring for children.
3.    Did you know you get paid a Fostering Allowance of £335.70 a week to be a Foster Carer which is tax free and won’t affect any other benefits?
4.    Most of the children who need fostering are known as ‘hard to place’ children, they will usually be 8+ years of age.

Fostering is a hard but very rewarding job. If you think you might have what it takes to become a Permanent Foster Carer or you want to find out more then contact PACT now on 0800 731 1845 e-mail fostering@pactcharity.org 

 

 Public Speaking Club on Wednesdays at Jagz, Station Hill, Ascot.

Do you dread giving presentations at work?  Do you start to shake when asked to stand up and talk to a room full of people?  Does your heart start to pound waiting for your turn to introduce yourself in a meeting?

Toastmasters can help you.

Find out what Ascot Speakers can do for you

When: 2nd, 4th & 5th Wednesday of each month - arrive no later than 7.20pm for a 7.30pm start

Where: Jagz @ The Station Inn, Station Hill, Ascot, SL5 9EG

Contact: info@ascotspeakers.org.uk   web: www.ascotspeakers.org.uk

Windsor SpeakersEveryone is a bit afraid of speaking in groups or in public, some just hide it better than others! Do you think it would be a good thing if you were able to speak more confidently or improve your skills?
There’s a safe place you can achieve this and learn to become a better speaker, expressing yourself more freely and feeling in control rather than the other way round.

Windsor Speakers is a ‘non-profit’ club that meets two evenings a month where members get to practice and improve their public speaking in an organised, safe and supportive environment. It’s part of the Toastmasters International organisation that has over one million members worldwide.

We have all walks of life from housewives to business people to tradesmen to students. Ranging from accomplished speakers to absolute beginners.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday every month at Gardeners Hall, 213 St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3DR. If this is something you might be interested in then pop along one evening to take a look and see what it’s all about. You’d be welcomed.

To find out more go to www.winspeak.co.uk

So Much Improvement with a Little Exercise. The SMILE programme is an exercise and activity club for you if you're over 50. You can enjoy SMILE memberships, SMILE sessions, Half Century Club and SMILE hikes at locations all around the Royal Borough and take away an 'At Home Workout' book to supplement your sessions.

 

  

LAST year more than 90    Samaritans volunteers from Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts branch answered 20,781 calls for help, according to the latest figures released by the national suicide prevention charity. Overall, 21,007 volunteers responded to 5,331,295 calls for help in the UK and Republic of Ireland*.

Samaritans’ volunteers are ordinary people, who dedicate time every week to provide a safe space for anyone struggling to cope with whatever life has thrown at them.

Volunteers from Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts are also involved in outreach work, for example giving talks, visiting schools, and supporting the neighbouring branch at Reading in running a Listener scheme with a local prison where they select, train and support prisoners to offer confidential, emotional support to other inmates.

Sally, director at the local branch of Samaritans, welcomes the opportunity to celebrate the difference their volunteers make in their local community.

 

Read more: Samaritans | Ascot Area

Sufferng from stress? Prepare for the forthcoming Advent season www.careforthefamily.org.uk/survivestress

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 Sebastians Action Trust  has raised money to build a house where children with life limiiting illnesses  and their famiilies can enjoy holidays . For more information about the trust and forthcoming events, click on http://www.sebastiansactiontrust.org/

Read more: Sebastians Action Trust | Holiday Home for Children With Life Limiting Illnesses & Their Families

  Silverline is a confidential, free helpline offering information, friendship and advice for older people, open every day and night of the year. There is no question too big, no problem too small and no need to be alone.

 

Calls are free: 0800 4 70 80 90  or from a mobile at local rate  0300 4 70 80  For more information go to www.thesilverline.org.uk

FACEBOOK     Call Nikki on   0783 778 879   Slimming World runs sessions at Ascot Heath School, Rhododendron Walk, North Ascot,  at 5.30pm in addition to the 7.30pm.

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Slimming World meet at Holy Trinity School, Station Road, Sunningdale, on Mondays , 5.30 and 7.30pm . For more information contact Marelise on 07778 672624  E-Mail  mareliseslimmingworld@gmail.com

 

 

Further details can be seen at   http://careersspringboardbracknell.org.uk/about-us/

The first Autumn session will be at the Open Learning Centre on Friday September 6th.

Looking for a new job?  Finding it tough?

  • Could you tell a prospective employer about yourself and why they should employ you in just one minute?
  • Could you handle an asynchronous video interview or an array of psychometric testing now used by many recruiters?
  • How do you respond to being asked what your greatest weakness is?

Difficult isn’t it?  With low levels of unemployment and employers crying out for staff,  you would have thought that finding a job would be a doddle. But finding and applying for the right job in the 21st century can be tough.  If you are middle-aged, and having to look for a new position, in the wake of an employer closing, relocating or reorganising, it can be even worse. Redundancy can be as traumatic as coping with bereavement or divorce.  Job hunting can be challenging and confusing

Since 2006, funded by local authorities, Parish Councils and a charity foundation, Careers Springboard Bracknell has succeeded in helping executives, managers and professionals back into work.  Practically-focused presentations by volunteers with a wide range of experience at senior levels, and as consultants, cover many topics relevant to finding a new role with confidence.

Read more: Springboard Bracknell | Professionals Job Seekers Support

SSAFA Forces Help is a national welfare charity helping serving and ex-Service men, women and their families, including widows and widowers in need. Those eligible are people and their families who have served a minimum of one paid day in any of the Armed Forces and their Reserves, including those who have done National Service. The Association can provide practical, financial and emotional support to both serving and ex service people, who may find themselves in crisis.   Further information on the assistance which SSAFA Forces Help can provide, can be obtained at www.ssafa.org or by contacting Central Office on 020 7403 8783.  For people in the Ascot areas the contact number is  01753 862307.

St Peter’s  Hospital has a new Memory Café  at Guildford Road, Chertsey, KT16 0PZ,  at the  Medical Unit Seminar Room, Level 4 (Duchess of Kent Wing).

 

The new Memory Café offers informal support and advice for anyone worried about their loved one’s memory loss.  It is primarily aimed at supporting families and carers of patients suffering from memory loss (for example from dementia), who are staying in hospital.

 

The Café will be open once a month on designated days and is a brand new initiative to support those caring for a loved one with memory loss.

The Sunningdale Carers Group meets the Pavilion at Broomhall Recreation Ground, Broomhall Lane, Sunningdale on the second Tuesday of the month at 2pm.  Attendance is free.

Welcome to Thames Valley Alert: Community Messaging

Thames Valley Police are committed to involving the community in the policing of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes. We believe that by improving the flow of information between the community and its police we can all make a greater impact in the prevention and detection of crime and anti social behaviour.

This site provides an invitation for you to participate in the exchange of information with Thames Valley Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other community groups. You do not need to join a specific watch scheme but you may find that there are like minded residents or businesses in your area who would welcome your support.

If you live or work in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire or Milton Keynes, you are invited to register now to become a registered recipient of messages of information, crime alerts or witness appeals local to the area in which you live or work in a way that suits your needs and lifestyle by email, text or telephone. Register now to Thames Valley Alert.

As a registered recipient you will not only benefit from two way messaging but may also learn about those in your community subject of anti social behaviour orders, help identify suspected or wanted criminals from the Gallery pages or learn about community groups, events or meetings in your area.

Call Jacqui on 07880 703040  or jacqui@themindfulnessschool.com   Or visit www.jacquimacdonald.com

The Dash Charity - domestic abuse stops here. 1 in 4 women, 1 in 6 men and 1 in 5 children will be affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime.

The Dash Charity is a local, independent charity.  We support women, children and men suffering any kind of abuse from partners, ex partners or family members. We offer confidential practical and professional advice at any stage of abuse.  If you need our help, please call our helpline on: 01753 549865. If you would like to support our work or join our team please email info@thedashcharity.org.uk

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Eikon is a Surrey - based charity which aims to develop happy, thriving and resilient young adults, who are able to contribute positively to society. Eikon stronly believes in early intervention - helping young people overcome difficult personal issues before they become long -term, damaging problems. For more information visit www.eikon.org.uk   e-mail info@eikon.org.uk  or call 01932 347 434