Taunton Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Taunton was formed in 1922 with the first meeting of 20 members being held in the Castle Hotel. The Club now has over 50 members and is still going strong. The Club is active in the community donating to many charities and causes and raising funds for projects.

2022 is our Centenary Anniversary and we would welcome interest from new members and anyone who is willing to assist the Club as a volunteer and ‘Friend of Rotary’. The Club also has Business and Educational Associate organisations.

We welcome all people regardless of background or age.  Please get in touch and find out more about what we do.

Abbeyfield

Abbeyfield Taunton is part of the wider Abbeyfield Society providing residential care for the elderly. It is part of a charitable organisation with over 500 houses and homes around the country. It has nearly 60 years’ experience in providing safe and secure care environments where residents can find friendship and support.

Every Abbeyfield home is different, catering to the individual needs of its residents and providing a unique environment – but the over-riding philosophy and ethos is the same: a genuine commitment to providing the very highest level of personal care in friendly, stimulating and welcoming surroundings.

You can find out more about Abbeyfield, its history and its ethos by visiting the group website.

Age UK Somerset

Age UK Somerset is an independent local charity. We’ve been working in the local community to help older people for 70 years. We have the equivalent of 24 dedicated staff and over 200 volunteers helping us to deliver services and activities for older people in Somerset and North Somerset.

Our services include information and advice, friendly phone calls, cognitive stimulation and therapy, exercise, social activities, toenail cutting, scams advice and help with benefits.

We welcome interest from volunteers.

The Albermarle Centre

Centrally based in Taunton The Albemarle Centre provide daily support groups and social clubs for anyone with an additional need, including those with learning disabilities (LD), mental health problems, physical disabilities, the frail and the elderly.  They also give one to one individual support for people in the community, assisting them to manage their daily lives and find employment. The Albemarle’s core charitable aim is to provide a safe social environment where people with learning difficulties can mix with and be treated equally to anyone in the community. The charity also provides supported housing close to town, for people who need support to live independently.

Besom

Besom is a church-based charity that aims to be a bridge between those who want to give and those in need. They support people in a number of ways: by collecting and distributing furniture and household items, supplying crisis food boxes including fresh food items and undertaking gardening and decorating projects. They also provide starter packs to those establishing a new home, which may be because they are affected by domestic violence, leaving care, being re-housed or have a need for new accommodation when things get tough.

Through a network of local contacts in agencies such as social care, charities, refuges and family support workers, Besom receives referrals about people living on the edge or in need of some kind; they then seek to offer help for the needs they hear about. Their work is supported by time givers from churches in the Taunton and Wellington area and by donations from local people of good quality furniture and household items as well as gifts of money.

Cancer Research (Somerset)

Cancer Research UK is a national organisation committed to funding research and clinical trials into the causes and cure of cancer. It provides information and help to families and those affected by cancer. To maximise research activity, Cancer Research UK brings together local Universities, NHS trusts and charities, and have created world-leading hubs of research in cities across the UK. A research network allows the smartest minds to work together, locally, to ensure discoveries are turned into benefits for people with cancer everywhere. Find out more about our research in the following locations:

The Taunton and District Committee is a Somerset branch of the national charity and was formed in 1977 by a group of individuals who were passionate about research into, and the progressive elimination of cancer in all its forms in the UK. The Committee maintains the Cancer Research charity shop in Taunton and has raised over £2.5 million since its inception

CICCIC

Citizens Advice Taunton are an independent charity that provides free, confidential and impartial advice in over 200 languages for people who live and work in Taunton Deane. Our goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face. Over the years we have helped thousands of local residents with concerns over issues such as possession proceedings on family homes, rehousing and endangered clients, the suspension of evictions, deposit disputes with landlords, representation at benefit and employment tribunals.

Support can lead to life changing interventions. We also assist with numerous grant applications which enable clients to have furniture, appliances, clothing and so on, therefore helping people achieve a better standard of living despite extremely low incomes. Visit the website to find out more about what we do and please consider making a donation or volunteering.

Citizen's Advice Taunton

Creative Innovation Centre CIC; also known as CICCIC (kick-kick); is not-for-profit Community Interest Company and social enterprise. Based in Taunton CICCIC is not only a physical location for events and art collaboration but an exciting

CICCIC is an exciting place where being enterprising about your community or creative practice is what its all about. CICCIC aims to unite all good things that make us happy as individuals, groups and communities, that is why their strap-line says ‘Enterprise, Community & Culture’.

CICCIC offers news, exhibitions, events facility hire, conferences, collaboration and business support. Visit their website to find out more about their extensive offer. Any profits made go back into community projects and services.

Compass Disability

Compass Disability Services is a customer led organisation that aims to promote independence, choice and control for disabled people. They operate within the Social Model of Disability as a way of working to remove barriers which exclude disabled people from equality of opportunity. The Board of Trustees are elected by their customers and work in partnership with local government, the Health Service, Social Services, other voluntary sector and charitable organisations and anyone else who can benefit from our knowledge and expertise.

The Taunton base for Compass Disability is known as Compass Wellbeing and is located on Belvedere Road where services include a hydrotherapy pool, shop mobility, advice, guidance and training, activity groups, travel assistance and representation, all aimed at supporting clients to achieve independent living. Compass Wellbeing Centre also offer room hire and catering.

Go-Create

Go-Create is a group of creative practitioners living or working in the Taunton Deane area who want to work together to create Art events. Members represent areas as diverse as Music, the Visual Arts, Performance, Photography, Film, 3D Design, Ceramics, Writing and Poetry, Teaching, Architecture, Publishing, Graphic Design, Advertising and more.

Anyone can become a member for just £20 a year and benefit from web advertising, and regular membership meetings.  Go-Create is a community interest company.

Their aims include: promoting members interests, pool resources, seek out opportunities and support a network of emerging and established artists in the area. Working with other arts groups they aim to celebrate and encourage artist collaboration, hold joint exhibitions and create an art festival for Taunton.

Green Days Care Centre

Go-Create is a group of creative practitioners living or working in the Taunton Deane area who want to work together to create Art events. Members represent areas as diverse as Music, the Visual Arts, Performance, Photography, Film, 3D Design, Ceramics, Writing and Poetry, Teaching, Architecture, Publishing, Graphic Design, Advertising and more.

Anyone can become a member for just £20 a year and benefit from web advertising, and regular membership meetings.  Go-Create is a community interest company.

Their aims include: promoting members interests, pool resources, seek out opportunities and support a network of emerging and established artists in the area. Working with other arts groups they aim to celebrate and encourage artist collaboration, hold joint exhibitions and create an art festival for Taunton.

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Blind Dogs for the Blind offer help, support and advice to those who are blind or partially sighted, including family members. Experts can help individuals find ways to live actively, independently and well with sight loss. From getting around safely to dog care and welfare, and family support to opening up the world with technology,

Guide Dogs for the Blind is a national charity with local bases. They breed, select and train dogs, they support those in need and also undertake research. Find out more by visiting their website.

Home Library Service

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) work with Somerset Libraries to provide a Home Library Service. The service is available to anyone who is unable to visit their local library. This includes people who may be housebound, living in long term care, carers, or people who are vulnerable due to long term conditions or disabilities.

The RVS arrange for a volunteer to visit you and the volunteer will go to the library to choose your books and deliver them to you. Volunteers can also support in accessing free e-Books, e-Audiobooks and e-Magazines.

League of Friends Musgrove Hospital

The League of Friends Musgrove Park Hospital, is one of the oldest local charities. It was formed by the Rotary Club of Taunton in 1959 with the two main aims of: Promoting Voluntary Service in the hospital and; Raising Funds to provide better equipment and facilities at Musgrove, over and above what the NHS could afford to provide.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie is a national charity that supports UK residents through all aspects of dying, death and bereavement.  Frontline nurses, hospices and a free support line help individuals and families through the final years, months, days and hours of life for all types of life-threatening illnesses. This includes treating or managing pain, therapies and other specialist approaches and giving emotional support to individuals and their family. In order to achieve the best quality of life and support to help keep an individual’s independence and dignity for as long as possible.

Marie Curie invests in researchers, policy experts and campaigners and push the boundaries of knowledge around what makes a good death. They fight for a society where everyone gets the best experience possible at the end of their lives. Locally. Volunteers of Marie Curie are working in Musgrove Park Hospital to provide companionship and l support to patients and their families.

MIND

MIND is a national charity with local bases. The charity provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding and seek to ensure that those experiencing a mental health problems get support and respect.

MIND is active in Somerset and Taunton enabling access to mental health services, housing support, debt, employment advice, community activities and exercise. Their services are extensive and also include gardening, bereavement and peer support groups, day centres and cafes. The service is available to all adults in Somerset suffering from mental health problems. MIND also work in partnership with other support agencies and organisations and welcomes volunteers

Musgrove Leukaemic

The Musgrove Leukaemic Group Somerset (MLGS) was formed to raise money for the benefit of leukaemia and lymphoma patients and their families in Somerset. It relies entirely on voluntary contributions and spends less than five pence in every pound on administration and fund raising. Since its formation in 1978 the MLGS has raised over £3,375,000.

Their latest fund raising appeal for 2019 is to raise £87,000 to cover a wide range of requirements including support for all the following: The Mobile Chemotherapy Unit, The Beacon Centre Day Unit, Two Complementary Holistic Therapists, A Patient Experience Diary, The Children’s Unit.

Open Door

Open Door supports rough sleepers. Doors open at 9:30 for rough sleepers who can have hot showers, breakfast and clothes washed and dried. Clients are also able to access the donated clothing store. An outreach team who offer practical advice and support about housing, addictions and health.

Volunteers provide a reading group; a make and mend group and people are there to read the paper and have a chat with. Open Door also has support from the Samaritans and various other groups daily. Tailored support packages offer practical advice and guidance. We welcome volunteer interest.

PROMISEworks

PROMISEworks is a local charity making a big difference in Taunton and Somerset by offering mentoring services to disadvantaged children across the county. The PROMISEworks’ team of incredible volunteers are at the heart of what they do. Volunteer mentors are people who make everything possible and the charity welcomes new people to their volunteer team who want to perhaps learn new skills, meet new people and definitely make a difference.

An ideal mentor is someone who has time, who cares, who wants to communicate and have fun. Interested? Visit their website, find out more and get in touch.

Royal Voluntary Service

Royal Voluntary Service mobilises volunteers to support those in need, in hospital and in the community. Through the gift of voluntary service, volunteers provide much-needed support for over-stretched public services and for people as they age. Our volunteers work at scale in the NHS, freeing up NHS staff to dedicate more time to patient care, and within communities to give practical help and support to people as they age.

They provide practical help and companionshipdeliver books, drive people to GP and medical appointments, run clubs and groups, provide exercises and activities for older people an run hospital shops and trolly services and most recently organised NHS First Responders.

They welcome interest by those who wish to volunteer.

SSAFA (The Armed Forces Charity)

The SSFA is a charity to support ex-servicemen and women. Their services are extensive and include; providing welfare services to military families, support for those transitioning to civvy street, advice on welfare and benefits, and support for elderly veterans and those with disabilities.

The SSFA gives a helping and to those in need or distress and works with other partners to provide a full service to veterans from all the armed services. As a charity funding comes from statutory and military benevolent funds or foundations and donations. We welcome volunteers especially those who have a military background.

Taunton Deane Audio News

Taunton Deane Audio News (TDAN) has been providing an information and news service to the bind and partially sighted for over 30 years. At first by means of cassette tapes but more recently, using digital recordings which distributed through USB memory sticks sent to those who use our services. The recordings are made by volunteers with news taken from local press articles. The service is based within Somerset Sight’s HQ in Taunton and is run by volunteers. Funding comes from legacies, donations and collections. Visit our fully accessible website which has audio facilities.

Taunton Heritage Trust

The Taunton Heritage Trust is an almshouse and grant giving charity. It offers sheltered, affordable and safe accommodation to the over 60’s who are in need and have a connection with the former Borough of Taunton Deane area.  It currently has 66 self-contained flats in Taunton and has been operating since the early 1600’s.

It also provides relief to those in need, by making grants of money for goods, services or facilities. A grant panel meets on a monthly basis to consider applications submitted by a referring. Grants cover such items as school uniform, equipment for children, counselling/therapy, mobility scooters and aids, household repairs, flooring, white goods and furniture. It will, if circumstances allow, consider grants to other charities providing relief to those in need.

Further information as well as application forms for accommodation and grants can be found on the Charities website

Taunton Street Pastors

Taunton Street Pastors are part of a national team first pioneered in 2003 and Street Pastors continue to grow throughout the UK and across the world. Street Pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who care about the community and patrol the streets from 10pm to 4am each weekend in order to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets at these times. Each team is led by a local co-ordinator with support from local churches and community groups and in partnership with the police, local council and other statutory agencies.

If you are interested in finding out more or becoming a street pastor, visit the Taunton Street Pastors website.

Taunton Sea Cadets

Taunton Sea Cadets (incorporating Royal Marines Cadets) aim to give young people an experience that will help them grow into the person they want to be in a safe and friendly environment. Through various activities and adventures, young people learn teamwork, respect, loyalty, self-confidence, commitment, self-discipline, honesty and how to be the best version of themselves. They offer a range of different activities from sailing, windsurfing and powerboating – to rock climbing, camping, and music – plus, so much more. At Taunton individuals are also able to gain qualifications that they can take with them once they leave Sea Cadets.

The charity relies on volunteers and welcomes interest from anyone who wants to help young people grow and flourish.

Taunton Area Debt Advice

Taunton Area Debt Advice, is the charity which helps people who are struggling with personal debt. Their help and advice is free, so individual’s seeking help will not add to their debt. The Taunton based charity is now moving from its office accommodation in The Crescent, to work within the offices of Citizens Advice which is based at St Mary’s House in Magdalene Street.

The charity works with partners and other agencies to offer a full advice service in order to ensure that individuals are able to manage and resolve debt issues. The charity relies principally on volunteers who receive full training and given professional support.

Samaritans

Samaritans of Taunton & Somerset is based in Taunton and easily accessible from bus and train links. The Samaritans run a 24 hour helpline service and are there for anyone who needs help. The Samaritans work with no judgement and a ‘no pressure’ philosophy to support those in need and make sure that fewer people die from suicide.

Their services cover much of Exmoor, the Quantocks and the Blackdown Hills and all the major towns in West and South Somerset. There are currently nearly 100 volunteers who, each year deal with around 40,000 calls, face to face meetings, emails and text messages. In addition, the Samaritans give presentations to schools, colleges, clubs, doctors’ surgeries, local companies and other organisations as part of our extensive Outreach programme. They also collaborate with other charities to provide emotional support to clients.

The Samaritans welcomes volunteer enquiries.

St Margaret's Hospice

St Margaret’s Hospice Care is a registered charity which has been at the heart of Somerset’s community, making each day count for over 40 years. They strive to delivery of high quality, responsive, compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness. Through their medical expertise, nursing skills and specialist support services, they provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to over 5,000 patients and their families each year. They rely on over 1,200 volunteers to help deliver care. They care for anyone with a life-limiting illness including motor-neurone disease, cardiac failure, renal failure, chronic respiratory disease and other life-limiting conditions and provide our services for free. St Margaret’s is a charity – they are not part of the NHS. It costs over £7.5m each year to deliver care services which are dependent upon the generosity of the Somerset community.

Taunton Food Bank

We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. Taunton Foodbank provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

The Taunton Foodbank receives non-perishable donations from schools, churches, businesses and individuals and food also collected at supermarkets.

YMCA Dulverton (Homeless Support)

The YMCA Dulverton is a charity, managing accommodation and support for the homeless and those facing issues with accommodation. With services across and accommodation across Somerset the organisation is currently providing support and care for the homeless at the Canonsgrove Residences in Trull and at their East Reach facility. Services include support and advice, assisting with health and wellbeing and enabling clients to access education and training.

The organisation relies on donations, grants and fundraising activities for its income and welcomes interest from those who wish to volunteer or support the YMCA’s aims.

YMCA Taunton

YMCA Taunton is part of the largest and oldest charity working with young people in the world. It is one of 114 YMCAs across England and its aim is to actively support children, young people and families by providing community-based activities and services which meet local needs enabling all to thrive and helping to transform lives for the better. Based in Lisieux Way, YMCA Taunton provides a range of services for youth and community, support and advice, training and education, physical activities and housing for the homeless. Taunton YMCA is not funded by YMCA England and relies on charitable grants and public donations.

Young Carers Somerset

Somerset County Council provides support, advice and respite breaks for children and young people under 18 who have substantial caring responsibilities at home. A Young Carer is anyone under 18 that looks after someone by providing substantial and regular help and who is important in maintaining the health, safety or day-to-day well-being of the person cared for and the wider family.

Young Carers aims to support young carers, recognise their needs and achievements and work alongside other agencies to meet their needs. In addition to proving information, they facilitate peer to peer support, run support groups, provide breaks through trips and activities and signpost young people to other organisations.

Young Somerset

Young Somerset is the largest youth work charity in the County. Their mission is to put young people first and encourage them to take responsibility for themselves ad become involved in their community. They offer wellbeing support, youth activities, personal ad employment skill development and run projects in which young people are given the opportunity to lead, volunteer and raise funds for their community.

Their vison is that young people feel a sense of belonging, a desire to contribute to their community and have a future that is not limited by poor access to opportunities and services.