Breastfeeding Cafe 10.30am -12 noon
Plus EITHER Antenatal
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
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 9.30am Stourhead, every other Thursday - PLEASE REGISTER FIRST
Healthy Child Clinic MILLBROOK SURGERY, CASTLE CARY, 2nd and 4th THURSDAY of the month, 11.00am - 12.30pm
Healthy Child Clinic QUEEN CAMEL SURGERY 1ST and 3RD THURSDAY of the month, 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Band (Teenagers) Limited places, 2pm - 3.30pm
Sweaty Mama mother and child exercise class - starts 5th September - Booking required. 2pm
The Hive Youth cafe at The Baptist Church in Wincanton MOVING TO THE BALSAM CENTRE FROM 28TH NOV 6.30pm - 8pm
Midwives Clinic 1pm - 3pm
Tennis in Milborne Port 9.30am - 11.30am AT THE RECREATION GROUND, MILBORNE PORT VILLAGE HALL - Youth/beginner
We have a new under 5's Craft and Play session at the centre, Tuesday mornings
Click here for more information.
Our Buggy Walks take place at Stourhead - every other Thursday, 9.30am meet, for a 10am walk around the gardens.
Please register at the Balsam Centre first.
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 Balsam Centre swim.
Every Friday, 10am - 11am
Run by mums for other mums!
Every Monday morning, with additional Antenatal sessions run once a month
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Mondays, 10.30am - 12 noon.
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 Helen on 07791 180966
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 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.
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
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!
Sweaty Mama is an exercise class for you and your child - no need to find childcare! Exercises are adapted to suit all ages and develpment of the child as well as suit the fitness level of the Mama.
Gradually build up your fitness level and strengthen your core and posture to rehabilitate your body after having a child.
A fun workout Mamas with babies, toddlers or preschoolers
Music sessions for teenagers in friendly, informal, groups; somewhere to enjoy making music with others, led by Claire, our youth worker.
Places are limited so please call Claire to book a place - 07922437466.
The Hive is a fun, safe space where young people can meet up with their friends and make new friends. Our programme includes a range of cooking, sports and arts activities as well as the space to just sit and relax.
Thursday November 7th - Badminton and cookie making
Thursday November 14th - Games night from board games to Twister and spaghetti Bolognese
Thursday November 21st - Karaoke fun and Hama bead crafts.
Thursday November 28th - Table tennis comp and Tortilla pizzas
Thursday December 5th - Christmas card making, Secret santa draw
Thursday December 12th - Intergeneration Bingo and Mince pie and tea ( bring an Elder family member/ friend aged 60plus)
Thursday December 19th - Christmas Party!!!
The Hive is for young people in school years 6 to 9 to get involved in a range of activities, and costs £1 per session.
If you are interested in joining, contact Claire for more information - 07922 437466 or email email@example.com.
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 07922437466 for more information
Enabling young people to learn more about how to cook basic but healthy meals that are quick and on budget.
For more information and to book a place, contact Claire at The Balsam Centre 01963 31842 or 07922437466.
Cooking, Budgeting, CV writing, ironing - and a whole host of essential skills to help you gain confidence when you have to fend for yourself!
Places in this group are limited so please book. Call Claire 07922437466 for more information.
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.