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.
32 hours per week
The Balsam Centre is looking for an apprentice to work alongside the qualified staff in its Conkers Nursery to provide high quality childcare and education for children aged between 3 months and 4 years, including a wide range of activities and opportunities.
The hours are 32 hrs per week to be worked flexibly between the hours of 8am and 5pm from Monday-Friday.
For more information, call Somerset Skills & Learning on 0330 332 7997, or apply online at www.sslcourses.co.uk
23 hours per week
The Balsam Centre is looking for a Maternity Cover Receptionist to take over the key role of running the busy reception area.
We are looking for someone with excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills who is able to create a calm, friendly and welcoming ‘front of house’ environment. You will also be a confident IT user.
The hours are 23 hrs per week to be worked from 8.45–5pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8.45–4.30pm on Fridays.
For more details, please download a job description or call us on 01963 31842 for an informal chat. To apply, please complete and return our application form by the closing date of Friday 24 November.
7.5 hours per week
Conkers Nursery at The Balsam Centre in Wincanton has a vacancy for a maternity cover cleaner Monday to Friday for 1.5 hrs per evening, 7.5 hours per week.
This role will include general cleaning of the nursery area and providing cover for the other members of the cleaning team during holiday periods.
The successful applicant will be a flexible, thorough and helpful team player who is able to work on their own initiative and lives within a 30-minute radius of the Centre.
Preferred hours of work are 5.30pm until 7.00pm with flexibility for the right applicant. Competitive rate of pay and holiday allowance.
We help people to lead healthy, happy lives. Will you join us?
The Balsam Centre is a successful and growing charity that helps people in Wincanton and surrounding areas to lead healthier, happier lives. We are funded both by local communities and national organisations like Comic Relief. We offer a wide range of services and activities including health walks, family support, a children's nursery, youth club, men's shed, mental health support, social and therapeutic groups and many, many more. Our services are delivered by paid staff and volunteers and our annual turnover is around £700,000.
We are responding wholeheartedly to the challenges facing our communities by increasing our services to meet local need. We have a fully funded long-term plan for the development of the charity, and due to growth and a retirement of one of our long-serving trustees, we will have a small number of vacancies on our Board from spring 2023. Would you like to join us in leading and nurturing our charity?
All trustees are recruited on their own merits, but we would particularly welcome applications from:
• People with personal experience of using the Balsam Centre
• People with personal experience of adversity
• People with experience of clinical and therapeutic service provision, including eco-therapy
• People of working age, women and people with disabilities
Trustees commit to attending our six bi-monthly meetings (usually held during a weekday evening between 6 and 8pm), joining at least one of our committees, actively representing the charity externally, and providing practical support to the Executive team.
If you are interested in joining us and making a real difference to the communities we support then please contact Michael Bainbridge, Chair of Trustees: firstname.lastname@example.org sending your CV and a covering letter. Closing date is Friday 28th April 2023. You may also seek information from our Chief Executive, Sue Place: email@example.com
It goes without saying that our values include respect for everyone regardless of personal characteristics.
Conkers Nursery is a friendly and popular Nursery running at The Balsam Centre in Wincanton
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 £11.20 including 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
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If you want to look for free online courses or are thinking about a career change, go to our Employment Support page.
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.
Chair - Michael Bainbridge
Vice Chair - John Bartholomew
Treasurer - Paul White
If you have a safeguarding concern within The Balsam Centre, please phone the Centre on 01963 31842 and ask to speak to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads:
CEO, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy CEO, Designated Safeguarding Lead
Conkers Nursery Manager, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Quality Assurance Manager, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Children, Young People and Families Manager, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
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.
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 have a Wonderful.org charity page where you can donate directly to The Balsam Centre, and Wonderful will collect the tax for us! Just click on the logo and you will be taken to the page for donations to Wincanton Community Venture, the official name for The Balsam Centre charity.
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.