Breastfeeding Cafe 10.30am -12 noon
EITHER Antenatal Information
OR Postnatal Q & A Sessions ONCE A MONTH, 10.30am -12 noon
Healthy Child Clinic MILBORNE PORT SURGERY, 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 1.00pm - 2.30pm
Craft and Play for Under 5s 9am - 10.30am (9.30am to 11am during the holidays)
Youth Bike Workshop 10am - 11am Holidays only (NO WORKSHOP 21ST AUGUST)
Healthy Child Clinic The Balsam Centre, 10.30am - 12 noon (BUT 1st Wednesday of the month is a Weaning Group - invite only)
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 MILLBROOK SURGERY, CASTLE CARY, 2nd and 4th THURSDAY of the month, 11.00am - 12.30pm
We have two new under 5's playgroups at the centre, Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.
Click here for more information.
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, Buggy and Toddler Walk, every other Thursday, 10.30am
Wincanton, Buggy Walk, every Tuesday, 1.30pm PLEASE BOOK
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
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.
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
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
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
- 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.
These sessions are open to all, so if you are struggling to feed your baby, or worried about how your baby is feeding, come along to ask questions and get help!
Monday 14th May 2018, 10.30 - 12 noon - Antenatal Information
Monday 18th June 2018, 10.30 - 12 noon - Postnatal Q & A Drop-in
Monday 30th July 2018, 10.30am - 12 noon - Antenatal Information
Monday 20th August 2018, 10.30 - 12 noon - Postnatal Q & A Drop-in
Monday 24th September 2018, 10.30 - 12 noon - Antenatal Information
Monday 29th October 2018, 10.30 - 12 noon - Postnatal Q & A Drop-in
Please see the facebook group for further information and other sessions coming up.
Healthy snacks are provided along with new and engaging toys, crafting activities, songs and stories.
The cost is £1 for your first child, 50p for extra children.
Friendly play sessions for parents and children. Come and get messy together!
The cost is £1 for your first child, 50p for extra children.
For more information, please call 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.
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
FREE FIRST SESSION!
Each session costs £4 per child with discounts for siblings. 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!
Come and fix up old bikes! Take them apart, work out how they go back together, repair or replace bits that are broken, and enjoy the satifaction of doing it yourself.
Currently, this workshop is only open during the holidays but it may run during term times on a different day
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
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.
Come and have fun playing tennis with Claire on the tennis courts at the rec.
The perfect way to get into this great sport, Claire has devised games to hone your skills if you know the basics, or to start you off if you want to become the next Serena Williams or Andy Murray.
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!
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!!
We now have a Virgin Giving charity page where you can donate directly, and Virgin will collect the tax for us! Just click on the button below.