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Activities for Children and Teenagers

From breastfeeding support groups, to young mums, bumps and babies, toddler groups, and teenage cafes, we are either running the groups or they are currently in the planning - scroll down for our current timetable.

Timetable for the Balsam Centre


Breastfeeding Cafe, 10.30am -12 noon

Healthy Child Clinic, MILBORNE PORT SURGERY, 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 1.00pm - 2.30pm


Familiy Morning for the Under 5s, 9am - 11am

Wincanton Buggy Walks, 1.30pm from the Centre, every Tuesday STARTING AGAIN IN APRIL - PLEASE REGISTER FIRST

Healthy Child Clinic, BRUTON GP SURGERY, 2nd Tuesday of the month, 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Youth Drop-In Cafe, 4pm - 6.30pm


Healthy Child Clinic, The Balsam Centre, 10.30am - 12 noon (BUT 1st Wednesday of the month is a Weaning Group - invite only)

Happy Feet Toddler Group, HENSTRIDGE VILLAGE HALL, 1st Wednesday of the month,1pm - 2pm

Balsam Multiples, 1pm - 2.30pm EVERY 1ST WEDNESDAY of the month

Familiy Afternoon for the Under 5s, 1.30 - 3pm STARTING 6th DECEMBER


Healthy Child Clinic, DAISY CHAIN, TEMPLECOMBE VILLAGE HALL, 1ST THURSDAY of the month, 9.30am - 10.30am

Buggy Walks, 10.30am Stourhead, every other Thursday - PLEASE REGISTER FIRST

Bumps and Babies, 10am - 11.30am

Healthy Child Clinic, QUEEN CAMEL SURGERY, 1ST and 3RD THURSDAY of the month, 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Healthy Child Clinic, MILLBROOK SURGERY, CASTLE CARY, 2nd and 4th THURSDAY of the month, 11.00am - 12.30pm



Swimming, 10am - 11am

Moo-Music, 11am - 11.40am STARTING 23RD FEBRUARY

Midwives Clinic, 1pm - 3pm

breastfeeding support

Playgroups at The Balsam Centre

We have two new under 5's playgroups at the centre, Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.

Click here for more information.

buggy walks

Buggy Walks

Our Buggy Walks are back! Stourhead - every other Thursday, 10.30am, for a walk around the gardens, and starting again in April 2018, Wincanton Buggy Walks, every Tuesday, 1.30pm, from The Balsam Centre, walking through Wincanton.
Please register at the Balsam Centre first.

Stourhead, every other Thursday, 10.30am

Wincanton, every Tuesday, 1.30pm FROM APRIL 2018



Come along to this informal friendly swimming session. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your child to swimming and gain water confidence.

Meet at Wincanton Sports Centre.

No need to book; just pay the receptionist £2.50 per adult for a Children’s centre swim.

Every Friday, 10am - 11am

bumps and babies group

Bumps and Babies

Many new parents have no family living near by, and if you're new to the area you might not have your friends here either. Making friends with other parents and having a support group is invaluable!

Come along and meet other new mums and mums-to-be for supportive advice and a chance to chat.

Every Thursday morning, 10am - 11.30am during term time.


Midwives Clinic

The Midwives now run a clinic from The Balsam Centre.

If you would like to talk to a midwife or make an appointment, call 01935 384449

Every Friday, 1pm - 3pm at the Balsam Centre

multiples group

Balsam Multiples

Do you have twins, triplets or more?

Join us for a chat, support, advice and time to relax. Meet other parents who understand.

For more information call Emily on 07514268567

First Wednesday of the month, 1pm - 2.30pm

Breastfeeding Cafe

Run by mums for mums!

Whether you're growing a bump, are a first time mum or a veteran parent, we are here to support your breastfeeding journey.

This small and friendly group offers:
- Breasteeding support from trained peer supporters
- A warm cuppa and playtime for the little ones
- Antenatal drop-in sessions
- "Weigh day" baby scales availabe on the first Monday of the month

Every Monday, 10.30am - 12 noon (except bank holidays)

For more information, call 01963 31842 or join our facebook group

Antenatal Information Sessions

Short information sessions, run by a wonderful lactation consultant, to provide you with information about breastfeeding

These sessions aim to:

- Prepare you for what to expect when breastfeeding
- Help you build a support network before baby arrives
- Bust some myths surrounding breastfeeding
- Give you an opportunity to ask questions about breastfeeding

Afterwards join us as the Breastfeeding Cafe for tea, biscuits and play for the little ones. Run by local mums who have been trained by an NHS Feeding Specialist; we are here to support you on your breastfeeding journey

These sessions are FREE but you are welcome to make a donatioin in the tin at the breastfeeding cafe.


Monday 29th January 2018, 10.30 - 12 noon

Please see the facebook group for further information and other sessions coming up.

Family group

Tuesday Family Morning for Under Fives

Come and play together every Tuesday, 9am - 11am!

The cost is £1 for your first child, 50p for extra children.

Wednesday Family Afternoon for Under Fives

Starting 6th December

Come and play together every Wednesday, 1.30pm - 3pm!

The cost is £1 for your first child, 50p for extra children.

Family group

Family group

Photos: Oscar Yoosefinejad


Friendly playgroups for your children and a great opportunity to meet and chat to other parents and carers - for you and your child to make new friends.

For more information, please contact Nicola 01963 31842

Parents/guardians are required to stay with their children and help them to have fun with games, arts, crafts and toys. Parents and guardians are responsible for their children at all times.

Family group

Moosical Fun for 1 to 5 year olds!

We sing! We move! We play! We learn!

We love it!!

Starting Friday 23rd February, 11am - 11.40am at The Balsam Centre

Each session costs £4 per child with discounts for siblings - Free taster session - limited spaces available. Book in term or half term blocks

Moo Music is great fun for 1- 5 year olds..... and for their parents/carers too!

Book now by calling Jules Bond on 07789 888891
Or email jules@moo-music.co.uk



Young People

- Drop-In Cafe -

- at The Balsam Centre, Tuesdays 4pm - 6.30pm

- or in the Camelot Room, Milborne Port Village Hall, Thursdays 3.30pm - 6.30pm

A social cafe for all teenagers!

Not interested in the outdoor activities? Then step inside and join the Youth Cafe

This is a social group for teenagers to get involved with activities like Graffiti Art and games.

If you are interested in taking part, contact Claire 07484174675 for more information


- Life Skills -

Enabling young people to learn more about the life after school and how to live a happy and healthy life

Cooking - come and learn how to cook basic meals that are quick and on budget

Budgeting - find out how to budget and keep on top of bills and spending

Personal items and personal hygiene - how DO you use a washing machine - do you know what the labels on clothes mean?

Cleaning - keeping your home clean and safe

For more information, contact Claire at The Balsam Centre 01963 31842 or 07484174675.


Healthy Child Clinics

Run by the Health Visitors based at the Balsam Centre, here you can talk to someone about developmental stages and the health of your baby in a friendly, relaxed and informal session.

1st and 3rd Monday of the month, Milborne Port Surgery, Gainsborough, Milborne Port, 1.00pm - 2.30pm.

2nd Tuesday of the month, Bruton GP surgery, 2.00pm to 3.30pm.

Every Wednesday, at The Balsam Centre, 10.30am to 12 noon but the first Wednesday of the month - Weaning Group - invite only.

1st Wednesday of the month, Happy Feet Toddler Group, Henstridge Village Hall, 1pm - 2pm.

1st Thursday of the month, Daisy Chain, Templecombe Village Hall, 9.30pm - 10.30am.

1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, Queen Camel Surgery, West Camel Road, Queen Camel, 1.30pm - 2.30pm

2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, Millbrook Surgery, Castle Cary, 11am - 12.30pm

Support Us!

The Balsam Centre is an independent charity set up by local people for local people.

Whilst the work of the Centre is long term, funding for its projects and services is all too frequently short term.

It is largely thanks to help from a fund created by a legacy left by one person, that the Balsam Centre has been able to continue its mental health work over the last few years. The help that this has given hundreds of people is a permanent and living memorial to that person’s generosity.

If you are thinking of donating, have you considered becoming a Friend of the Balsam Centre? This is a commitment to regular giving of any amount, at any interval, by standing order, and even better, if you are a UK tax payer and you ‘tick’ to say so, we can claim another 25% on top of your donation to support the work of the Centre. Become a Friend here!


Give As You Live

We have signed up to be a part of Give As You Live where you can raise money for us - just by shopping online in your normal way! All you have to do is click on the link, choose your charity - The Balsam Centre - and then create an account.

The site will ask for your name, email address and a password. You can choose your favourite shops, or just use their search bar to find the product you are looking for. When you buy in this way, the retailer will donate an amount to us, and you can see exactly what you have donated. This is a great way for people who would like to support us to do so whilst doing their normal online shopping! All the big retailers are there, Amazon, Ebay, supermarkets, and department stores. Happy Shopping! And thank you for supporting us!!

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