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Groups, Activities and Advice for Adults

The Balsam Centre is truly a centre for the community, with a wide range of support, activities and groups available. Research into mental health clearly shows what a detrimental effect loneliness and isolation has on our health, and being more active, through exercise and socialising has long lasting beneficial effects. Throughout the year we have courses running such as computer classes and one-off workshops - we've just seen our first one-day photography course, and opportunities to meet other people through the Chat Cafe or the Games Club. The Men's Shed is the perfect chance to come and work on community projects - fixing planters or making owl boxes for the Hawk and Owl Trust, and now repairing the benches in Wincanton Recreation Ground. Citizens Advice Bureau offer free advice sessions at the centre, to help you with any legal or financial issues, along with one-off workshops run by CAB on best energy and financial deals. Keep your eyes on the website or for posters in the centre for what activities will be coming up soon. Like us on Facebook to get updates automatically.


Board Games Group


Do you enjoy a challenge? The games group meets every Wednesday to play board and card games - you can even bring a game if we don't have it, or we will try and find it.

Wednesdays 10am to 12pm, £1

This is run by a friendly group who just love playing games. Come and enjoy the company!


Knitting & Sewing

Templecombe Soft Furnishings Class Learn how to sew and make cushions and curtains - Read more....

art classes

Art and Creative Classes - BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Art and Chatter Group - A paint /draw /chat group £3 per session - read more

Wellbeing groups across Somerset run various creative classes - Read more.

Exploring Drawing for Beginners and Intermediates - 12-week course starting in April - read more

Exploring Drawing for Absolute Beginners - 12-week course starting in April - read more

Craft & Art Club - 2nd & 4th Wednesday - read more

wellbeing support


The Balsam Centre is here for everyone! It was set up to give people local access to social, health, cultural and practical opportunities - and that’s just what it does.

Alongside this, the Centre’s remit is to provide more specialist information, guidance and support at times when we don’t have all - or any of the answers. If you are finding it hard to cope and would like to talk to someone, you can contact us to see if our wellbeing service can help.


Based at Ham Hill near Yeovil, the Balsam Centre's Ecotherapy programme is funded by the NHS and free for those who are struggling with their mental health.

People who come say that they find the group both peaceful and motivating. The emphasis is on helping you to get away from it all, at a slower pace than usual, connecting with the natural world, learning new outdoor skills, and meeting new people, all within a safe space: Forest School for adults.

The group meets on Mondays and is led by Kate Hathaway and Nick Truman, who are both experienced outdoor practitioners.

If you feel this might be good for you and you haven't been referred to the project by one of your support workers or GP, please email us at and we'll reply to your query as soon as we can.

Once you have been referred or we have your first contact form, Kate or Nick will call, text or email you (whichever you prefer) to answer any questions and talk to you about the support you will need.

We are currently running our Winter Ecotherapy Programme. Read more about this here.


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SCARS Wincanton Drop-in

A monthly drop-in session for people living with cancer

Stalbridge Cancer and Recovery Support are holding a new drop-in session at the Balsam Centre. If you are living with cancer, caring for someone with cancer, or are recovering from cancer, you can drop in for a cuppa and chat on the second Friday of every month between 2pm and 4pm

For more details about the group please see the SCARS website.


Please note: you must book to join this class

A secular meditation group, helping you to rest and relax, and reduce your levels of stress.

The benefits of mindfulness are proven to prevent depression reoccurring and reduce anxiety and worry, so if you are struggling or feeling overwhelmed these sessions can help.

The group is run by Sue, a very experienced teacher.

If you are interested in joining the group, please call the centre to talk to Ali or leave your number with Sarah and Ali will call you back.

The classes run on the first Wednesday of the month, 2pm - 3pm, but the first session will be on Wednesday 19th May, returning to the first Wednesday thereafter.


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Memory Lane - Dementia Support Group

For people living with mild to moderate Dementia and their carers

Don't just sit at home - come and enjoy craft, music, and other activities and meet new people.

Stimulate your senses and memories, singing, looking at photos, and share with others. This is a time for carers too, a chance to meet other carers for a catch-up.

The group is run by Trish and her volunteers.

Every Thursday, 2pm - 4pm.

Contact Trish Foers 01963 31842 or email TrishREMOVEREMOVEREMOVE@REMOVEBalsamCentreREMOVE.REMOVEorgREMOVE.REMOVEuk if you or someone you know would like to join. The numbers are limited and you may have to join a waiting list.

Wellbeing Across Somerset

Somerset Recovery College

Hosted by Somerset Partnership NHS Trust and delivered in partnership with other local agencies for the wellbeing of people in Somerset

A range of courses are being hosted online which you can join where ever you are in Somerset, but there are also organised outdoor activities - walks and map reading courses.

To find out more about what Recovery Learning is and what you have to do to join a course, click on this link.

And click here to look at the Recovery College calendar to see what is coming up this month.

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South Somerset Wellbeing

Other Sources of Support

If you or a family member or friend are struggling to cope with a disability or illness, or need to find further information, Somerset Spark now has a website to help direct you to other areas of help. Click the logo link for more information

Open Mental Health

Help is on hand for everyone

The Balsam Centre has joined forces with the NHS and local voluntary organisations to create a new alliance called Open Mental Health, providing mental health services to residents in Somerset, 24/7. There is round the clock support for all ages, when you need it, with a friendly person at the other end of the line, a trained professional, who will listen and support you. You are not alone.

Call freephone 0800 138 1692

The Tanners' Cafe

A social group in Milborne Port

Every Thursday, 10.30am - 12 noon, in the Camelot Room at Milborne Port Village Hall, Springfield Rd.

Fee: £2 - including a cuppa, biscuits and activities.

Everyone welcome!

We do a range of activities, which we can adjust to suit everyone’s ability, including arts & crafts, walking the local area, board games, keep fit, indoor curling and cooking.

We are a friendly group with a great mix of people who like a chat and a laugh when we meet.

The Tanners Cafe

Mixed Media Class

Art and Chatter Group

Mondays, 10am - 12 noon

Cost: £3 per session BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01963 31842

This small art group is the place to come and paint and draw, and share ideas with others. You can bring in your own project to work on or get inspiration from other group members.

All levels welcome! This isn't an intimidating art group but a very friendly and relaxed group that like to socialise with others whilst they work, offering encouragement and support.

Bring your own materials - whatever you want to work in!

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Women's Shed

THIS GROUP IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD. It will hopefully return soon....

Mondays, 1.30pm - 4pm, booking essential

Cost: £5 per session including materials and refreshments

The Women’s Shed is a group where women can pursue any project which interests them and is portable – sewing, crochet, drawing, embroidery, painting, genealogy, letter writing, whatever! The group is weekly but once a month Carolyn will do a demonstration on something seasonal.

Call 01963 31842 or email infoREMOVEREMOVEREMOVE@REMOVEBalsamCentreREMOVE.REMOVEorgREMOVE.REMOVEuk for more information and to book a place.

craft Classes

The Little Craft and Art Club at the Balsam Centre

6pm - 8pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, booking essential

Cost: £5 per session including materials and refreshments

Run by Lu Jones, this is 2 hours of fun crafting and warm conversation. We will have a different activity for each session; if you have a particular skill you would like to share please do let me know and we can include that in our program.

The idea is to try different things. I am by no means a professional, just love crafting and this group is about getting out the house, meeting people and having some fun.

Some classes will be:
Card making
Needle felting
Wreath making
Etc etc etc

For more information and to book a place, email lujones73REMOVEREMOVEREMOVE@REMOVEicloudREMOVE.REMOVEcom.

Drawing Classes

Exploring Drawing for Beginners and Intermediates

12-week course starting 27th April

Thursdays, 2pm - 5pm

Cost: FREE to eligible individuals; otherwise £180 for the 12-week course

A small, supportive, classroom-style course offered in partnership with Somerset Skills and Learning, with an emphasis on finding the joy of self-expression, through learning the foundation skills (or ABCs) of drawing.

The numbers in the class are limited, so you will need to enroll with Somerset Skills and Learning if you would like to join the course. If you qualify for a free place, the discount will be applied after enrolling.

Visit the Somerset Skills and Learning website for more information and to enrol on the course.

Drawing Classes

Exploring Drawing for Absolute Beginners

12-week course starting 27th April

Thursdays, 6pm - 9pm

Cost: FREE to eligible individuals; otherwise £180 for the 12-week course

A small, supportive, classroom-style course offered in partnership with Somerset Skills and Learning, with an emphasis on finding the joy of self-expression, through learning the foundation skills (or ABCs) of drawing.

The numbers in the class are limited, so you will need to enroll with Somerset Skills and Learning if you would like to join the course. If you qualify for a free place, the discount will be applied after enrolling.

Visit the Somerset Skills and Learning website for more information and to enrole on the course.

Templecombe Soft Furnishings Class - restarting Thursday 8th September

Thursdays, 10am - 12 noon

At the Social Club in Templecombe

Cost: £5 per session

This is a soft furnishing class - cushions, curtains and blinds. Beginners are very welcome; Julie, an experienced textiles teacher, will guide you though to making your first piece. Bring your own sewing machine if you have one. Places will be limited but if you are interested in joining the class, please email or call 01963 31842

Abri Empolyment Support

Abri Employment Support

Abri offer support for anyone looking for a new job, searching for training opportunities or wanting to improve their skills.  We are here to help you build and create a bright new future.

Every other Thursday, 9am - 4pm, at The Balsam Centre

Abri delivers three dedicated employment and skills hubs that offer free tailored support to all South Somerset residents aged 16+, working with Abri, one of the south of England’s largest housing providers. These hubs are based in Chard and Yeovil Libraries and at the Balsam Centre.

The service is available to
• People who are currently unemployed and looking for work
• People who are looking to upskill or retrain
• People who want to change jobs

The service offers you
• FREE qualified employment advice to discuss your options
• Work on your CV and help to apply for local jobs
• Meet local businesses who are hiring
• Give you mentoring support
• Develop an action plan to get you into work

Contact Gill on 07900 260417 or for more information and to make an appointment

GoodStuff Project

The Good Stuff Project

The Balsam Centre is pleased to announce the launch of The ‘Good Stuff’ project.

Good Stuff is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, together with local funding. Its intention is to bring people together and provide opportunities, here in Wincanton, to develop new skills, interests and increase community activity. We know that many people are going through difficult times and most activities provided through the project will be offered free of charge.

First of all, we want to hear from as many people as possible to understand what is important, and how with your help we can develop a shared community vision for Wincanton. So we would love to hear from you to understand what Good Stuff you would like to see happening here!

We have created a survey to find out what the community would like to see offered and you can access and complete it here.

Wincanton Digital Cafe

Every Wednesdays, 10am - 12 noon

At The Balsam Centre

Do you have any questions about your computer devices, phones, laptops, tablets and even PCs? We will have some digital volunteers at the Balsam centre every Wednesday 10am till 12pm.

This is a free of charge service run by Spark Somerset. So for all your "How do I...?" questions on your digital devices come along and have a drink and a chat.

Drop in or call 01458 550 977 for more information.

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Men's Shed

Starting in Australia, Men's Sheds have now expanded worldwide. Many men found that once they retired they lost their social network so "Men in Sheds" started, bringing retired or unemployed men together to work on community projects and to socialise again. If you enjoy pottering about in your shed, or you'd like to work on a project - your own or a community project - with others, then come and meet the "shedders".

The group started early in 2014 and have already made new planters for the Growing Space (the gardens that surround the centre), a sieving tool, poster racks, hedgehog boxes, easels, and repaired some of our chairs. They have worked with the Hawk and Barn Owl Trust to produce Barn Owl boxes and are now making Little Owl boxes.

Having seen reports about the poor state of the park benches in Wincanton, the shedders have volunteered their services to restore and repair them, so this is set to be the next big project.

You don't have to be a carpenter to join; someone will help you out. But we won't turn you away if you are an expert either!

owl boxes

Tuesday Open Workshop - BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Tuesdays, 10am - 12.30pm

The shedders have now honed the design and building of the owl boxes to a fine art and now they are moving on to other woodworking projects. If you would like to get involved, come along!

If you would like to commission the shedders to build you something, then come and have a chat.

The Mens Shed

Would you like to join us?

Bored? Lonely? Want to start a new project? Why not pop in for a cuppa with us, meet the "shedders" for a chat?

Come along on a Tuesday or Thursday morning, 10 - 12.30, and we can show you around - and tell you about our plans for expansion! Stand still long enough and we'll give you something to do!

We're a friendly group of men with skill leves from beginner to expert, who enjoy working with wood.

Men in the shed

Thursday Open Workshop

10am - 12.30pm BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01963 31842

This workshop is open to any woodworking projects. Maybe you have a project you didn't quite finish - here's the place you can complete it and get some friendly help and advice too. Or help us make planters or other items we can sell to raise money. We welcome all levels, from complete beginners to experts.

New Early Dementia Men's Shed coming soon!

We are looking to run a workshop for men in the early stages of dementia who would like to join a small supportive group for some woodworking sessions with chat and coffee. If you are interested please call Jani 01963 31842.



All the proceeds go to a great cause - the Men's Shed! It helps us buy more wood and equipment.

And we take commissions!


Guess the Tool!

From time to time we are very kindly donated tools - all much appreciated. And on occasion we are totally stumped as to what the tool actually is. So here's one of them - any guesses? Drop me an email - JaneupsallREMOVEREMOVEREMOVE@REMOVEBalsamCentreREMOVE.REMOVEorgREMOVE.REMOVEuk or call 01963 31842.

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Men's Shed items for sale or by commission

All the proceeds go to a great cause - the Men's Shed! It helps us buy more wood and equipment.

We take commissions - drop in on a Tuesday or Thursday morning and chat to Terry or Gordon.


Bookends £5 a pair

hobby horses

Painted Hobby Horse £10

chopping board

Chopping Board £12

pencil boxes

Whale Pencil Boxes £3


Decking Planters POA


Stool £10

cake stands

Cake Stand £10


Bookends £5 a pair

aricular theatre

Auricular Theatre £75

painted trug

Trug £15

swallow box

Triple Sparrow Box £20

painted shelves

Shelves £12

child's bench

child's bench £25

painted cupboard

Key Cupboard £15, Bookstand £5


Trug £15

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We have had fantastic support to get the shed going. Dennis Massey, from the local Tools for Self Reliance group, gave us great advice on second hand tools and even travelled across England to collect an Ebay pillar drill for us. Sadly, Dennis has since passed away. Full of energy, he was a great inspiration and he will be greatly missed.

Through the Somerset Community Foundation, local furniture manufacturer, Myakka, have been very supportive, providing funds to allow the Men's Shed to purchase new tools including a woodturning lathe.

Triton Tools based in Yeovil have encouraged the Men's Shed movement in the UK (and Triton sponsor the Men's Sheds in Australia), and Steve Hewson has dropped in on our own shed to see the "shedders" in action, and donated new equipment to us.

We are very grateful for any support we can get. We would be very interested in sourcing wood for the shed to enable us to create new projects, so if your business has offcuts that aren't needed (apart from MDF), we would be able to put them to good use.

If you have a skilled workforce, would you be interested in donating time to us, perhaps by releasing an employee for a couple of hours a month? Call 01963 31842 or email infoREMOVEREMOVEREMOVE@REMOVEBalsamCentreREMOVE.REMOVEorgREMOVE.REMOVEuk to discuss it.

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Chat Cafe

Every Monday, 10am to 1pm

Pop in to our friendly, volunteer-run cafe for a chat, drink, or a simple light lunch served at 12pm in return for a small donation.

A Health Coach from Wincanton Health Centre comes every week and can help with emotional and bereavement support, weight management, dealing with isolation and loneliness, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes support.

Newcomers always welcome

Call The Balsam Centre on 01963 31842 for more information.

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Health Walks

Why walk?

We all know that regular exercise is good for us but sometimes it can be hard to get started, especially if you don’t fancy the gym or jogging. Walking improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, and reduces our risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as many other health conditions. Walking is beneficial for people experiencing depression, low mood and anxiety; it can improve self-esteem and of course help with weight management. And, walking in a group is very sociable!

We run regular walks for all abilities, from the complete beginner to the more experienced walker, led by trained walk leaders. They’re a great way to meet new people, enjoy local natural spaces and improve your health and wellbeing.

Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge for the walks but you can make a donation if you want to. This money goes towards the insurance, training and walk leaders’ kit.

Here’s a summary of the walks we offer:

Short Walks

Our weekly one-hour Short Walks start and end at The Balsam Centre. They’re reasonably brisk and may include some hills and rough ground - we are in Wincanton after all! We finish with a cuppa in the Café.

Long Walks

Our longer walks are suitable for people who are reasonably fit, enjoy walking in the countryside and want to find a group to walk with. They’re about 3.5 to 5 miles, or two hours, in length.

Download our long walks brochure from October 2023 to March 2024.

Buggy Walks

We also run Buggy Walks in the gardens of the beautiful Stourhead Estate, on level paths suitable for buggies. You can also bring babies in slings!

The Amble (coming soon)

Beginning November 2023, the Amble is a weekly 30-minute stroll in Wincanton, ideal if you haven't done much walking before or perhaps don't get out of the house that often.

Want to know more?

Call The Balsam Centre on 01963 31842. You’ll need to fill in a short registration form when you join the scheme. You can download the form and hand it in before you start your chosen walk.

Want to become a walk leader?

If you are interested in becoming a health walk leader, we can offer you full training and the opportunity to lead as many walks as you would like. All walks have two walk leaders on them and a rota so you won't be leading a walk every week. The leaders for the long walks generally take responsibility for one walk a month, which also involves walking and checking the route prior to the date of the walk for any problems - overgrown rights of way, fallen trees, overflowing rivers, or stroppy cattle! Call us on 01963 31842 or email infoREMOVEREMOVEREMOVE@REMOVEbalsamcentreREMOVE.REMOVEorgREMOVE.REMOVEuk

Short walks in Wincanton

Starts and ends at The Balsam Centre, Wincanton, Tuesday at 10am every week

These brisk one-hour walks aim to maintain or increase general fitness. The average walking pace is about 3mph but we offer walkers the option after approximately half an hour to walk back with a leader at a slower pace if they prefer. The walk follows pavements, paths and tracks around Wincanton and the surrounding fields and includes some inclines. Book to join the walk, and meet at 9.45am on the ramp outside the door.

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Short 50
                minute walks
A fairly level walk of no more than 3 miles

Short 50
                minute walks
Walks of approximately 2 hours and may include steps, inclines, uneven paths and sometimes stiles

Short 50
                minute walks
A more challenging walk of over 5 miles and could include terrain as for 2 boots

Long Walks

Usually once a week, meeting at 10am. The walk day varies each week; download the brochure to find out more.

For experienced walkers and fit novices, these walks are typically between 3.5 and 5.5 miles long. They start in more remote locations outside of Wincanton, so a car - or a lift - is necessary. These walks will often include stiles, hills, muddy tracks and uneven ground; if you have walking poles you might find it useful to bring them. The views are often stunning so you might want to bring a camera too. Occasionally, walks will end by a pub and the group will eat lunch together but this is optional.

Many of our walk leaders are very knowledgeable about the local area and will be able to tell you about the villages you pass though. In the summer we like to go further afield and hire a coach to take us longer walk where we can enjoy a picnic.

If you are interested in joining this friendly walking group, please drop into the centre to register. Booking is essential so we can let you know if the walk has to be changed or cancelled due to bad weather. For more information, call 01963 31842.

Download our long walks brochure for October 2023 to March 2024.

Buggy Walking

You don't need to bring a buggy to go on the Buggy Walks! Your baby can be in a sling and your toddler can walk if you like.

Stourhead Buggy & Sling Walks

Every second and fourth Thursday of the month. Meet our walk leaders outside the visitors centre at 9:30am for a prompt start at 10:00am - registering is essential

This walk through the gardens at Stourhead is available for parents/carers with children under 5 years of age living within a 10-mile radius of The Balsam Centre. Due to the popularity of this group, there is a limit of 14 walkers on the walk, so we run on a first-come-first-served basis. Register for a pass before your first walk and book for each walk via the Stourhead Buggy & Sling Walks Facebook group. The pass (one per adult) will give you free entry and parking when you join our organised walks, so don’t forget to bring it with you. Toddlers are welcome and if appropriate, we can offer a shorter route to facilitate small, tired legs.

The walk will take approximately 1.5 hours. Once the walk has finished, you are welcome to use the café outside the visitors centre but not permitted to re-enter the gardens.

A full risk assessment is in place; however parent/carers are responsible for the supervision and safety of their own child at all times.

Please join our Stourhead Buggy & Sling Walks Facebook group for walk updates.

"I am writing to tell you how much I appreciate Terri's buggy walk at Stourhead. It is so important that mums and babies/tots can get together, exercise, have fresh air, and experience congenial, peaceful surroundings whilst sharing their experiences and concerns, helping each other to cope with the day-to-day pressures of modern families, and have a well deserved break. - JB

Interestedin becoming a walk leader?

Walk leaders are essential to make these walks happen. They are fully trained volunteers who enjoy being outside and socialising with others. If you are interested in volunteering as a walk leader, call 01963 31842. You can bring your child with you when you lead a walk.

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The Amble

Meet at River Cale Cafe (BA9 9ED), Thursday at 10am every week

The Amble is a slow-paced, short walk (under 30 minutes) on level, stable ground, making it ideal if you haven't done much walking before, or perhaps don't get out of the house that often. With plenty of benches along the way, you can stop as often as you need to.

If you’d like to come but can’t easily get to Cale Park, you can book the CAT Bus to collect you and drop you back home again at the end of the walk. Call 01963 31842 for further information.

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Fitness Classes - please call if you wish to join a group.

The benefits of keeping fit are well documented, from the obvious keeping in shape, increased heart function and stamina, to the rewards of better mental agility. We offer various ways of getting started; there's an Exercise to Mobilise class to help you regain strength and mobility after a joint replacement or other operation. We have various lengths of walks from beginner's strolls to advanced hikes. And although Karen's Pilates is ending, we hope to have other fitness classes on offer soon.

If you are a qualified fitness instructor looking to run a class, talk to us about hiring a room - The Shed makes a fantastic exercise space!

yoga classes

Yoga with Sorrel

A new yoga class starting at The Balsam Centre!

Suitable for all levels

Flow - Stretch - Breathe

Wednesdays 4pm - 5pm. Booking essential

Cost: £10 for a single class, or pay £35 for 4 weeks.

To book contact Sorrel 07795182235

pilates classes

Pilates with Louise - term time only

A Pilates class suitable for ALL fitness levels. Louise will provide modifications, adaptations and progressions suitable for all abilities.

Build strength, balance, flexibility and increase mobility in a friendly, safe and supportive environment.

Tuesdays 9.30am - 10.30am.

Thursdays 9.30am - 10.30am and 11.00am -12.00pm.

Booking essential.

Cost: £10 for a single class, or pay £40 for 5 classes.

To book email or call 07779 712305



Gentle chair exercises for people with limited mobility. Maybe you have had a hip replacement, or have a long term condition that makes exercise difficult - come and join one of these friendly groups and enjoy exercise again. Both classes stop for a chat and a cuppa afterwards.

£2.50 per session - all welcome! Booking essential!

At The Balsam Centre

Every Tuesday 11.00am to 12.00 noon in the Veronica Room

Milborne Port

Every Monday, 10am - 12.30pm in Milborne Port Village Hall

Contact 01963 31842 or Claire on 07916 681602 for more information



A low-impact exercise combining deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements.

Tai Chi helps to reduce stress, improve balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs

Mondays 2pm - 3pm, and Fridays 1pm - 2pm

At The Balsam Centre

£5 per session - booking essential to keep numbers limited

We also run a Tai Chi class for people with Parkinson's - more information


Tai Chi (Shibashi/Qi-Gong) for people with Parkinson's [ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE]

A Tai Chi class specifically for people with Parkinson's disease, to help with balance and muscle strength. This is a low-impact exercise combining deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements.

People with similar symptoms as Parkinson's can join the group too but please contact the local Wincanton Parkinson's Society first - Jennifer 01963 33837.

Monday, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

At The Balsam Centre

£2 per session - booking essential to keep numbers low.



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!!

Donating via

We have a charity page where you can donate directly to The Balsam Centre, and Wonderful will collect the tax for us! Just click on the logo and you will be taken to the page for donations to Wincanton Community Venture, the official name for The Balsam Centre charity.

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. A legacy to the Balsam Centre is also one of the simplest ways that you can help the practical work of the Centre.