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Rotary Club of Taunton Vale - welcome! Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left.

Support for local charities from Moonraker Challenge

Donations to ARC and St Margaret's Hospice


Soroptimist Swimathon 2020

held at Taunton School during February half-term.


Moonraker Challenge 2020

Starting from Quantock Brewery, near Bishops Lydeard.


Technology Tournament 2020

Postponed during the present restrictions


Taunton Rotarians support the Food Bank

Help during the crisis


Golf Day 2020

Our 26th Annual event at Oake Manor Golf Club, date now changed to Thursday 20th August.


About us



Taunton Vale Rotary Club has been in existence since its Charter was issued in 1981. Whilst the Club has a lively social calendar which promotes fellowship among members there is also a strong emphasis on Service for others.
During the time the Club has existed, members have raised over £500,000; been responsible for initiating the development of a local Abbeyfield Care Home (members continue to serve on the Trustee Committee); Taunton Opportunity Group (TOG) - another organisation where members are actively involved with the day to day management; and ran the It's Child's Play Project with the specific aim of raising funds for the Children's Hospice South West.
The Club continues to work to assist local and international charities.
Club members are allocated to a committee responsible for a particular aspect of Club activity.

Taunton Vale Rotary Club is Making a Difference

Some 4 years ago members of Taunton Vale Rotary Club asked the question "What can we do which will meet a need in our society at a time of deep recession?" Discussions followed with members of the Somerset County Council Care Team which led to the development of a project which seeks to help young people leaving care get onto the employment ladder.
Nationally, the number of young people leaving care is increasing year-on-year with a 22% increase in the past 5 years. In Somerset currently over 60 per cent of care leavers are not in education, employment or training. This compares with a figure of 10% for the general population.
In developing the project it became clear the Care Team were not able to access enough private sector businesses willing to provide short work experience placements. If the young people are to properly engage with employment, the placements need to be in work sectors they are interested in. If a teenage care leaver shows interest in becoming a hairdresser or a mechanic then making tea and filing paperwork in a council office is not likely to get them out of bed in the morning.
The Making a Difference project seeks to improve their employment prospects by building confidence, improving application and interview skills, and providing short work experience placements. Members of Taunton Vale Rotary Club, joined recently by colleagues of the Bridgwater Rotary Club, support the project by introducing private sector employers to the SCC Targeted Youth Support team who deliver the project programme.
Aided by the Support team, employers will be supportive and understanding of the needs of care leavers who have often been subject to a chaotic and challenging life journey, and recognise the social and emotional impact this can represent on a daily basis. By providing short term workplace experience they start the journey for such a disadvantaged young person to move from care dependence to working independence.
Now 2 years old the Making a Difference project has enabled 32 young people to complete work experience placements and 45 have been supported to develop their employability skills. Almost half of the young people engaged in the project have achieved an Experience of Work Award. Eight have got a job, two have started college, and one has gained an apprenticeship placement proving the value of this community service inspired project.

If you are an employer and would like an Employer's Guide information leaflet about the Making a Difference project please e-mail: secretary@tauntonvale.rotary1200.org

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Monday 10th August 19.30

Speaker meeting via Zoom

Gordon Hollins - CEO of Somerset County Cricket Club

Monday 17th August 19.30

Informal Speaker meeting via Zoom

Daniel Edozie - Captain of the Bristol Flyers Basketball Team

Thursday 20th August 08.30

Golf Day 2020

Our 26th Annual event at Oake Manor Golf Club, date now changed to Thursday 20th August.


Monday 24th August 19.30

Speaker meeting via Zoom

Nik Harwood - CEO of Young Somerset - one of our Moonraker Charities this year.

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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Mondays at 19:00
(We are currently meeting via Zoom on the second, fourth and fifth Mondays, with an informal Zoom get-togther on the first and third Mondays. Our monthly Breakfast meetings have been postponed.)
Somerset County Cricket Club, Priory Bridge Rd, Taunton.
TA1 1JT  01823 272946

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