Working with the Community

The impact of Coronavirus has adversely impacted on many organisations and people. The Rotary Club of Taunton is working to support those in need using our HUB of connections with the Voluntary Sector

President Peter Ball leads the Clubs continued response to the pandemic

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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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One of the many grateful recipients

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Jenny Keogh and Liz Hutchin, both Directors at Go-Create

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