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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.

Activities, Groups & Advice Timetable

Monday am

Breastfeeding Cafe 10.30am -12 noon

Plus EITHER Antenatal Information
OR Postnatal Q & A Sessions
ONCE A MONTH, 10.30am -12 noon

Monday pm

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

Tuesday am

Craft and Play for Under 5s 9am - 10.30am

Tuesdays pm

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

Youth Drop-In Cafe 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Teen Cooking Group Limited places, 5.45pm - 7.45pm

Wednesday am

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

Wednesdays pm

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

Guitar Group (teenagers) Limited places, 4pm - 5pm

Teen Cooking Group Limited places, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Thursday am

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

Thursdays pm

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

Friday am

Swimming 10am - 11am

Moo-Music 11am - 11.40am WILL RETURN IN SETPEMBER

Fridays pm

Midwives Clinic 1pm - 3pm

Saturday am

Tennis in Milborne Port 9.30am - 11.30am AT THE RECREATION GROUND, MILBORNE PORT VILLAGE HALL - Youth/beginner

Saturday pm

breastfeeding support

Craft and Play at The Balsam Centre

We have a new under 5's Craft and Play session at the centre, Tuesday mornings

Click here for more information.

buggy walks

Buggy Walks

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

bumps and babies group

Breastfeeding Cafe

Run by mums for other mums!

Every Monday morning, with additional Antenatal sessions run once a month

Click here for more information.

Mondays, 10.30am - 12 noon.


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 Helen on 07791 180966

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 and Postnatal Q & A Drop-in Sessions

Antenatal Information = 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.

Postnatal Q & A = drop-in sessions where you can come and ask any questions and receive advice from an expert consultant

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.

Family group

Photos: Oscar Yoosefinejad

Balsam Craft and Play for Under Fives

Come and play together every Tuesday, 9am - 10.30am!

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.

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

Family group

Moosical Fun for 1 to 5 year olds!

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

We love it!!


Fridays, 11am - 11.40am at The Balsam Centre

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

Sweaty Mama

Effective, fun workouts with your child

Classes starting Thursday 5th September 2pm

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

£40 for the 6 week course. To book the class, go to the Sweaty Mama Website

or call/text Rachael for more information - 07712042826

Sweaty Mama exercise class

Sweaty Mama exercise class

Sweaty Mama exercise class

Sweaty Mama exercise class

Young People


Guitar - Wednesdays, 4pm - 5pm

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 Youth Cafe

The Hive - Youth Cafe - Thursdays 6.30pm - 8pm

- at The Baptist Church rooms, 4 Mill Street, Wincanton, BA9 9AP - MOVING TO THE BALSAM CENTRE 28TH NOVEMBER ONWARDS

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.

Programme for November/December

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!!!

We will be closed on 26th Dec and 2nd January.... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...

The Hive Youth Cafe

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 claire@balsamcentre.org.uk.

Youth Drop-in

Drop-In Cafe - Tuesdays 3.30pm - 5.30pm

at The Balsam Centre

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

Teen Cooking Group

Tuesdays 5.45pm - 7.45pm, Wednesdays 5.30pm - 7.30pm

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.


Life Skills


Teen Lifeskills Group

For young people

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.

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!!

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.

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