TOG was formed as a voluntary self-help group run by a committee of parents and interested people to help pre-school special educational and disabled children.
The group was started in July 1972 initially meeting for 3 mornings per week, however since 1978 we moved to purpose built premises, (2 porta cabins at Bishops Hull), increasing to 5 mornings.
As a charitable group we were dependent on our fund-raising activities but we also received a grant from Education, Social Services and Area Health, as well as donations from local organisations.
In 2000 we were lucky enough to have a new purpose built building which was fundraised by ‘The Friends of TOG’ who managed to get donations from:-
Abbey National Charitable Trust Ltd
Charles Hayward Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
Lloyds TSB Foundation
Percey Builton Charity
Rotary Club of Taunton Vale
Somerset County Council
Somerset Health Authority
Soroptimists International of Taunton
Taunton Round Table
Tesco Charity Trust
Variety Club Of Great Britain
The Wooden Spoon Society
A significant donation form ‘The British Rugby Charity’ known as the Wooden Spoon Society resulted in our building being named ‘Wooden Spoon House’ in recognition of their generosity.
Together with a large number of other local and national organisations and individuals all of whose contributions are gratefully acknowledged. This is where we are today.
We continually need to fund raise to run as a pre-school. We receive Early Years High Needs Funding and 2, 3 and 4 year old Entitlement, however this does not cover the cost of running TOG. We are lucky enough to be championed by ‘Taunton Vale Rotary Club’ and receive small donations from local organisations, we also run a Christmas raffle and yearly sponsored obstacle course for the children. We have also been successful in applying for grants from Children In Need.