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The Rotary Club of Taunton continues to meet weekly on-line. As our planned activites and fund raising events have been postponed or delayed we have given our attention to how we can support others in need, be these organisations or charities that are reaching out to those affected by the Lockdown, or individuals in need of our direct help and support.
Never in recent history has there been a better opportunity for us collectively to embrace our Rotary motto, which is 'Service above Self'. Our organisation is well connected to the volutary sector and charities in Taunton and this strengthens our connections as the Taunton Rotary Community HUB. Our long-standing contacts and support has enabled us to quickly to understand the voluntary sector needs and through our fund raising activities and the generous donations of individual Rotarians we have supported many local organisations and benefitted our coummunity.
As part of our ongoing desire to support our community, our web site articles are, one by one, being dedicated to those organisations and charities who are seeking wider support in their endeavours to help out more vulnerable and isolated members of society.
In this way we can help others keep in touch and up-to-date and publicise those individuals and organisations with whom we are in contact. Many have given their time to speak to us as Rotarians and tell us about the things they are doing in the community and where they see the needs arising both in the short and longer term.
We are proud to publicise their activities on our site and would also like to take this opportunity to thank all NHS and key workers for their dedication and contribution at this time of need.
Because of our grounding in the Community and our many contacts we have been able to act quickly during the Coronavirus pandemic. Projects we are currently supporting include:
The Coronavirus Community Help Taunton - An Emergency Fund for those in need - £500
Besom - Home starter packs and freash food for those in need - £200
Cullen's Catering - Ready to Go Sunday lunches for those trapped at home - £200
YMCA Dulverton - Art materials for the homeless - £100
Taunton Area Debt Advice (TADA) - A project to provide remote access to debt advice - £500
The Women's Refuge - Donations and £300 of shopping vouchers
Go-Create - 'In Isolation' project - (£500)
North Taunton Partnership Rurbishment of the Priorswood Community centre £250
Young Carers and Isolated families - Smartphones for on-line communication - £500
The Rotary Club of Taunton has supported and founded many local organisations over recent years. These include:North Taunton Drugs Bus, Reminiscence Learning; Taunton rail responders; Royal British Legion (Taunton); Taunton Festival of Arts; Citizens Advice Bureau; Women's Refuge; Musgrove Park Hospital; Taunton Cgristmas Party for the Elderly; Young Carers; Childern's Hospice SW; Military wives Choir; Somerset Disability Ball; Rotary Community HUB; The Taunton Flower Festival; Somerset Sight; the Musgrove Hospital League of Friends and many individual donations to Young People.
We also support international initiatives incuding; Wateraid; Shelterboxes; Polio eradication; REMIT - Malaria eradication; Himalayan Children and World Water Works Emergency Boxes.
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more £250 has been donated to the Neroche Woodlanders to help children stay in touch with nature. The donation forms part of the Club's efforts to support our community during the Coronavirus lockdown.
more Inspired by recent demands for computers for home learning, a local group has come together to get students learning on-line. Donate your computer or lap top now. All data is cleaned, computer restored and sent to children for home learning.
more Sadly the Inclusive Disability Ball planned for March 2020 sponsored by the Rotary Club of Taunton and the Green Days Care Centre has had to be cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation. We hope to support the event in the future.
more Motivated by local media reports of young lives being lost to drugs, members of Taunton Rotary have acted quickly to support the North Taunton Partnership ' Drug Bus' initiative aimed at educating young people on the impact of drug abuse.
more A Great Success - Featuring the Taunton Military Wives, this year's 100 years anniversary choral concert was a great success, raising over £3,500 and held as a tribute to all those who served in the Great War 1914-1918.
more Past President Ian Ramus of Taunton Rotary Club presenting a cheque for 'Archie', to the patron Angela Rippon CBE, alongside the Manager, Emma Green of Reminiscence Learning.
more Taunton Rotary Club has contributed to the refurbishment of the Community Centre at Priorswood which provides valuable support and access to facilities and activities for those who live in North Taunton
more The Rotary Club of Taunton has supported Cullen's Catering in their initiative to provide free hot meals to those stuck at home during Lockdown
more The Rotary Club of Taunton has today announced £500 of support for a community arts 'In Isolation' project which is to be run by Somerset's premier arts organisation, Go-Create.
more Taunton Rotary has provided £500 to the Coronavirus Community Help Taunton, a volunteer group and an established part of the Coronavirus Helpers. The funds go towards an Emergency Response Fund.
more Taunton Rotary has today announced funding to support Besom a Christian charity that helps those in need.