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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

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

Youth Bike Workshop 3.45pm - 4.45pm

Tuesday am

Craft and Play for Under 5s 9am - 10.30am (9.30am to 11am during the holidays)

Tuesdays pm

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

Youth Drop-In Cafe 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Healthy Eating Group 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) - NOT RUNNING 27th MARCH

Somerset MVP Stay and Play 9.30am - 11.30am 24TH APRIL 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

Thursday am

Healthy Child Clinic DAISY CHAIN, TEMPLECOMBE VILLAGE HALL, 1ST THURSDAY of the month, 9.30am - 10.30am - NOT ON 4th APRIL

Buggy Walks 10.30am 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 - NOT RUNNING 4TH APRIL

Friday am

Swimming 10am - 11am

Moo-Music 11am - 11.40am DURING TERM TIME

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, 10.15am, for a 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 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.

Family group

Photos: Oscar Yoosefinejad

Balsam Craft and Play for Under Fives

Come and play together every Tuesday, 9am - 10.30am! (9.30am to 11am during the holidays)

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.

MVP Stay and Play

Somerset Maternity Voices are holding a Stay and Play feedback event

9.30am - 11.30am, Wednesday 24th April

Come along to talk about your maternity experience bring your babies and toddlers for a play too!

We are particularly interested to hear from those who have lived experience of mental health issues during pregnancy or postnatally but feedback from all aspects of maternity care welcomed.

This is a chance for anyone who has used maternity services (Men and Women!) to give their views which will become part of our 'user voice' for future discussions and decisions. .

Everyone Welcome but due to room capacity please book your free place – either send a message to Somerset Maternity Voices on Facebook or book via Eventbrite

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. (NOT RUNNING 27TH MARCH)

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 (NOT RUNNING 4TH APRIL)

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!

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



Young People


Bike Workshop

Mondays, 3.45pm - 4.45pm

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.

Youth Cafe

- Drop-In Cafe - Tuesdays 4.30pm - 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

- Healthy Eating Group - Tuesdays 5.45pm - 7.45pm

Enabling young people to learn more about how to cook basic but healthy meals that are quick and on budget.


For more information, contact Claire at The Balsam Centre 01963 31842 or 07922437466.


Life Skills


- Tennis! - Saturdays, 9.30 - 11.30am

For young people and beginners, at Milborne Port Recreation Ground

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.

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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