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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 - drop-in session.

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

"Preparing to Breastfeed" Workshop - FREE 27th September 10.30am - 11.30am. For mums to be. Please book

Monday pm

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

Tuesday am

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 11am - 12.30pm EVERY 1ST WEDNESDAY

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

Friday am

Midwives Clinic 9am - 11.30am BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Craft and Play for Under 5s 9.30am - 11.30am suspended until we can find volunteers to run it!

Saturday am


Craft and Play at The Balsam Centre

This session has stopped until we can find 2 volunteers to run the session.

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.


Youth Activities

We have several activities for young people - Youth Cafe, The Hive Youth Club, Guitar, Teen Cooking, and Life Skills.

Take a look at our Young People section for more information on the groups

If you are interested in joining any of the activities, call The Balsam Centre 01963 31842 for more details.

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                babies group

Breastfeeding Cafe

A drop-in, run by mums for other mums!

Every Monday morning.

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 -

1st Wednesday of the month, 11am - 21.30pm, 6th Oct, 3rd Nov, 1st Dec 2021

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 07990567119

Breastfeeding Cafe

Run by mums for mums! The Cafe is re-opening on Monday 19th April

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.
- Antenatal sessions

The Breastfeeding Cafe is a drop-in - you don't need to book. It's also a great place to meet other new and expectant mums. Sadly, we can't offer teas and coffees at the moment - so bring your own flask!

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 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.

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Breastfeeding Workshop For Expectant Mums

This free workshop is for pregnant women hoping to breastfeed their baby. It will cover all aspects of breastfeeding and to give you a good start on your breastfeeding journey. Or maybe you are unsure if you want to breastfeed - come and learn more!
Numbers will be limited so please book to join the workshop - call 01963 31842 or email

Family group

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Balsam Craft and Play for Under Fives - suspended whilst we search for volunteers to run the group

Come and play together every Friday 9.30am - 11.30am!

Indoor and outdoor play areas, crafting activities, songs and stories.

The cost is £1.

Sadly, both the volunteers who run this group have had to step down for personal reasons, so we are on the hunt for new volunteers who might like to run the group. Perhaps your children have just started primary school and you would like to volunteer one morning a week? Or maybe you are a retired teacher missing the children (-but not the paperwork!). If you would like to get involved, please call Jani Upsall at The Balsam Centre, 01963 31842

The group has moved to a new room which includes a courtyard garden, so you can be outside with your child too - remember to bring some suncream! Taking Covid restrictions in to account, we are limiting the number of adults coming to this group to 10 plus the 2 group leaders. You will need to book to come to the session - you can book from the Monday preceding the Friday session, giving your name and number. When you come on the day, your name will be ticked on the register for track and trace.

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 Claire to book a place 07916 681602.

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 Claire on 07916 681602 or email 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 Claire on 07916 681602 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 Claire on 07916 681602.


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 Claire 07916 681602 for more information.

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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!


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