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Mission Statement

The Balsam Centre exists to reduce inequalities, and provide health, social and cultural opportunities for individuals and communities in its area of benefit.

missison statement

Which means....

...that we are committed to improving your quality of life by offering services that are simple to access, enjoyable, and with benefits we hope will last you a lifetime!

All this in a friendly, vibrant space where many people come in every day for meetings, activities and creative or quiet time.

Oh - and we're a charity, so any income gets put right back into services.

But what does The Balsam Centre do?

Our services cover all age groups, keeping people connected, preventing isolation and loneliness, and supporting those who are struggling to cope. Starting with our youngest users, head over to our children's page, to see the various activities for with their parents, including a Craft and Play group and a Multiples Group for families with twins or triplets, and Buggy Walks. The Balsam Centre has its very own nursery, Conkers, now based at the Centre. For teenagers there are youth groups and life skills sessions.

For adults, we are here to support people's wellbeing in a variety of ways. There are activities to bring people together - health walks, art and craft classes, games club, and the Mens Shed, the Opportunities Hub to help people find training and work, and we have support groups for people who have been affected by depression, dementia and postnatal depression.


The Big Lottery funds the Like Minds Project working with young people and adults experiencing mental health difficulties, and helps to fund projects preventing isolation such as the Men's Shed.

You can also volunteer in many of our groups!

There are several ways to get involved here when you want to get out and meet people, and new activities come up all the time. For more information head over to our Adult Activities or Volunteering pages.

Everyone needs friends, don't they?

There are plenty of ways you can help us, from a simple donation to becoming a Friend of The Balsam Centre. Or perhaps your business would like to take up a Challenge?

Ramblers Award

Walk Leaders win the Ramblers Inspiring Walkers Award!

Congratulations to Ali, Simon and Lu who have been honoured for all their hard work in developing the Short Walks and encouraging new walkers to experience the mental and physical benefits of walking.

And then the building itself hosts numerous exercise and fitness classes, a great way to improve your mental and physical health - head over to Fitness to take a look. For anyone needing advice or transport, take a look at our Services page where you will find more about the CAT Bus and Citizens Advice, as well as information on Midwives and the Health Visitors who also use the centre.

View our short video to see what beneficiaries think of The Centre!

And don't forget, you can get involved too by volunteering. It's a great way to meet people and make new friends - and make a difference to someone else!

Open Mental Health
Open Mental Health

Current Vacancies

Within The Balsam Centre and organisations we work with

Balsam Gardens

South Somerset Citizens Advice

Trainee Money Adviser
Salary: £21,386,
Hours: 37 per week
Based in our Yeovil Office

This is an exciting opportunity to join a nationally recognised training scheme for money advisers. Upon completion of the 12 – 18 month programme the successful candidate will be certified as a money advice professional moving onto a pay scale ranging from £23,000 - £28,000 pa. You will join a friendly and busy advice team. The successful applicant will be “a people person” and a very confident communicator and capable learner.

This role is best suited to someone that works to very high standards of accuracy and who enjoys working within a structured and logical framework. Alongside the ability to adhere to the advice quality processes the successful candidate will need to be friendly and empathetic as well as being able to work in a supportive and respectful manner with all our clients, partners and stakeholders.
Money advice is a regulated activity and is undertaken in accordance with the processes approved by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Advice Quality Standards.
We welcome applications from candidates who are adaptable, quick to learn and have excellent IT, communication and keyboard skills.
We work with clients from all backgrounds and walks of life. You will undertake your role in a way that upholds our values of equality, inclusion and diversity ensuring that we adopt a client-centered approach in all our work in order to optimise positive outcomes for our clients.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 30th August 2022
Interview date: 12th September 2022 (in person at our Yeovil offices)

Visit our website for full details and an application pack.

Conkers Nursery


We are seeking an enthusiastic Early Years Practitioner qualified at Level 3 or equivalent for 15 hours with the flexibility to work between the hours of 8.00 – 5.30 and all year round, to start as soon as possible. Applicant must be able to work as part of a team, have good communication skills and knowledge and understanding of the EYFS.

It is desirable for you to have Childcare Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid training. The hourly pay rate is dependent on experience. The position will be subject to an enhanced DBS and two satisfactory references.


Require part-time minibus drivers.

Hourly rate of pay is £9.58 this includes £0.68p in lieu of holiday pay.

Hours are flexible but may involve some early morning, evening and weekend work.

Applicants must have a caring disposition and hold a full clean driver’s licence with D1 category. Suitable applicants will be subject to mini bus test and DBS checks.

For more details and an application form please contact: 01963-34594

If you are looking for work, you might find these local jobs sites helpful:

Somerset Council jobs

If you want to look for free online courses or are thinking about a career change, go to our Jobs Advice page.

For volunteering opportunities with The Balsam Centre, please head to our Volunteering page.

Our Trustees

Our trustees have the ultimate responsibility for the charity, its assets and its activities.

The trustees have been recruited as representatives of our local community and for their diverse skills and experience, including health and wellbeing, especially mental health, business, finance, charitable activity and management. They ensure we make best use of funds we receive, and set our policies and procedures, and they shape our long term plans and protect our values and reputation.

Michael Bainbridge

Chair - Michael Bainbridge

John Bartholomew

Vice Chair - John Bartholomew

Paul White

Treasurer - Paul White

Helen Smith

Helen Smith

Emily Showering

Emily Showering

Richard Porter

Richard Porter

Sarah White

Sarah White

Data Protection

We look after your private information very carefully. We will not sell your data to any third parties, pension or bitcoin salesmen. Nor will we pass on your details to "phishers" - that charmer who'd like to email you about a lottery you've won in Spain or the man who says he's from your bank...

Seriously though, please click on the link to read our Privacy Policy and see how we treat your data if you use our services or join us as a volunteer.


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. We own the Balsam Centre building and let space in it to earn income. Many people using the Centre kindly make small donations and others sometimes (to our great delight) make large donations! All donations are valued and appreciated.

To see what we do, and hear what people who have benefited from the services have said about us, watch our short video.

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. Really this is the greatest help we can have as it provides a predictable income, enabling us to maintain services. 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!!

Donating via

We also have a charity page where you can donate directly, and Wonderful will collect the tax for us! Just click on the logo.

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. A legacy to the Balsam Centre is also one of the simplest ways that you can help the practical work of the Centre.