What is Togs?

Togs aims to be the go-to service for anyone struggling to afford the essentials needed after food and fuel to raise children with healthy bodies and minds.

Our belief is that no child should go without our 'Five to Thrive'

  1. Enough clothing for all seasons with 'changes
  2. Comfortable footwear for home and school
  3. An age-appropriate bed with bedding
  4. Key equipment and toys for cognitive and physical development
  5. Activity that promote the development of strong family and social bonds

Our Story

A bit about us

Togs was founded in 2015 by Arts Educator and Mother of two, Jordan Butler. She was born and raised in the City of Dundee, attending Morgan Academy and DJCAD where she studied Illustration. Jordan worked with vulnerable people through many voluntary and paid posts in her career over more than 15 years. She saw the need for this service, not only for the growing level of need in local children and families, but the professionals who want to help their 'families' to overcome the barriers that are often practical and caused by prolonged cycles of poverty or short term crisis.

She identified that many members of the public have the desire and means to help whether they have unwanted items, the income or the time to donate. Jordan wanted to give a clear solution that would signpost professionals and the community easy ways to help their neighbours.

 

Our volunteers

Togs has a core group of volunteers that are from all walks of life, but in common have the qualities of empathy, passion and the want to make a difference to the lives of others.  

Jordan believes that 'Creating Kindness' by telling stories about what life is really like for individuals, and leading by example is the best way to motivate others, and in turn help to counteract the blame culture that has developed fiercely in recent years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hopefully the list below will tell you everything you need to know but if there's anything else you can always get in touch via email: togsfortotsdundee@gmail.com

  • I don't have anyone to refer me, what do I do?

    If you have no contact with anyone in our list of recommended professionals, please Email Togs for Tots to Teens stating your situation and we will be in touch to advise you.
  • Can you pick up donations?

    Unfortunately we do not have the resources to pick up from donors at this point in time.     
  • How do you know aid is going to the 'right' people?

    Togs distributes items based on the referral of people 'in need' through those who work with them on a professional level. This does not have to be a social worker or Doctor, It can be someone who may lead a group they attend, a librarian or someone from their school or nursery. We go on the trust that they have assessed for us the needs of the family through their relationship with them. This allows us to reach more 'hard to reach' families who would not come forward without the support of a trusted person in their lives. If we have any concerns we investigate fully. We want our Donors to know that every effort is being made to ensure their donations are used within the rules of our ethos.
  • Why can't you take car seats?

    There are certain Items we need but cannot accept second hand. This is always because of a health or safety law or recommendation. We reuse and recycle as much as we can, but cannot accept the following items:  Used Car seats, even as part of a travel system  Used Mattresses  Cot bumpers  Underwear and swimwear  Used dummies, feeding bottles and equipment  Cloth nappies, unless brand new  Cosmetics and toiletries that have been opened/unsealed 
  • There is minor/superficial damage to a piece of equipment or some pieces missing that I want to donate. Can you still take it?

    We ask that any equipment donated is in a clean and good condition, but some scratches etc on a cot for example is not a problem.   Safety features can never be compromised. Here is a guide for some common donations:  Cots:  All pieces must be present and not broken in any way.   All fixtures and fittings to be labelled and attached in a bag or box.   Instructions are helpful but we realise they are often not kept.     High chairs and Buggies:  All safety straps, recline features and fixtures must be intact and fully working. (we will ask for a demonstration)  They must be clean and mould free.   For buggies, wheels must not have signs of excessive wear.