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Activities for Children and Teenagers

Please note: the Centre is currently closed for all groups and activities until the end of the current COVID-19 restrictions. If you require counselling help please go to our CONTACT page for information on how to talk to someone. If you are in urgent need of food, please call the Community Church's emergency food box help number 07934 332637.

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 - please book.

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

Monday pm

The Hive Youth cafe at The Balsam Centre 6pm - 8pm - from 19th October

Tuesday am

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

Tuesdays pm

Youth Cafe 3.30pm - 5.30pm - please book

Teen Cooking Group Limited places, 5.45pm - 7.45pm - please book

Wednesday am

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

Wednesdays pm

Happy Feet Toddler Group HENSTRIDGE VILLAGE HALL, 1st Wednesday of the month,1pm - 2pm - SUSPENDED

Balsam Multiples 1pm - 2.30pm EVERY 1ST WEDNESDAY of the month - SUSPENDED

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

Teen Cooking Group Limited places, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Thursday am

Buggy Walks 9.30am Stourhead, every other Thursday - PLEASE REGISTER FIRST. THIS ACTIVITY IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD

Thursdays pm

The Hive Youth cafe at The Balsam Centre 6pm - 8pm - from 22nd October.

Friday am

Midwives Clinic 9am - 11.30am BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Saturday am


Craft and Play at The Balsam Centre - CURRENTLY CLOSED

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 - currently on hold

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.


Swimming - currently on hold

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 a limit of 6 mums attending.

Click here for more information.

Mondays, 10.30am - 12 noon.


Midwives Clinic

The Midwives now run a clinic from The Balsam Centre.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL - If you would like to talk to a midwife or make an appointment, call 01935 384449

Every Friday, 9am - 11.30am at the Balsam Centre

multiples group

Balsam Multiples - Currently on hold

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. We are in a new room that has a play area for toddlers and an outdoor play area too.

This small and friendly group offers:
- Breastfeeding support from trained peer supporters. We are running this with limited numbers (6 mums plus 2 peer support workers) - please call 01963 31842 to book a place.
- Antenatal sessions

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 - currently on hold

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 donation 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!

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 - CURRENTLY CLOSED until restrictions are lifted

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.

All the sessions and groups out in the community are suspended for the time being, but the Health Visitors are running one-to-one sessions to discuss your child's development or any concerns you have.

These sessions will take place in The Balsam Centre, in our large airy room, but you will need to call to book an appointment

Young People

These groups are running or about to start, but they will all have restrictions in place to prevent the spread of Covid. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell.


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 The Balsam Centre to book a place 01963 31842.

The Hive Youth Cafe

The Hive - Youth Cafe - Mondays and Thursdays 6.30pm - 8pm - starting back this month with one session for years 7 and 8, and another for years 9 and 10.

at The Balsam Centre, Wincanton


The Hive is a fun, safe space where young people from years 7 - 10 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. Numbers will be limited and there will be restrictions in place to keep young people in their year bubbles.

Costs £1 per session.

Activities include, badminton, games nights, karaoke, table tennis, along with cooking - cookies, pancakes, tortilla pizzas, and a wide range of crafts - card making, Hama bead crafts, and jewellery making.

If you are interested in joining, contact The Balsam Centre 01963 31842 or email claire@balsamcentre.org.uk. Booking is essential.

The Hive Youth Cafe

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 The Balsam Centre 01963 31842 for more information

Teen Cooking Group - booking essential!

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 and to book a place, contact The Balsam Centre 01963 31842.


Life Skills


Teen Life-skills 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 The Balsam Centre 01963 31842 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!!

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