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The Recovery and Wellbeing Worker will work holistically with people introduced for mental health support, engaging them in one to one and group activities that support personal recovery and help build their confidence, practical skills, social networks, resilience and independence. The post holder will assist people to improve their physical as well as their mental health, through the use of tools and strategies for a healthy lifestyle. Open Mental Health work will focus on support for adults, young adults, and older people.

The post holder will inspire and motivate people to improve and maintain their own health and wellbeing through use of a range of evidence based social and therapeutic interventions in a personalised, co-produced and trauma informed approach. They will work in partnership with an existing multi-disciplinary team at the Balsam Centre and with other partner organisations across South Somerset to ensure that people access the right services at the right time. Partners include Somerset Foundation Trust, Chard WATCH, South Somerset CAB, MIND in Somerset, Local Authority staff, a range of mental health Voluntary Sector organisations, Peer Support staff and Volunteers and Experts by Experience.

Salary: £26,500 Pro Rata
Term: 18 month fixed term contract
Working Hours: 22.5 hrs
Annual Leave: 28 days pro rata
Probationary Period: 3 months
Notice: 2 months
Expenses: Mileage allowance for occasional car use

For full details on the role, please download the job description. For an application form, please download it here.

PROJECT WORKER - For The Good Stuff Project

The Good Stuff Project is a response to the health and social changes being experienced in the aftermath of Covid, together with the opportunities presented by Wincanton’s current town regeneration activity and plans for the future.

This is an exciting new project for Wincanton which will combine the activity of the Balsam Centre to reduce health and social inequalities, with Wincanton Town Council’s Wincanton For the Future (WFF) initiative.

Job Purpose: To connect with people who are socially and/or economically isolated, to help them make connections with others, establish social networks, develop skills for life and employment, and contribute to the life and social regeneration of Wincanton.

The post holder will support individuals and groups to grow and thrive through positive shared experiences, creativity, learning and peer support. Participants will be encouraged and supported to contribute to the social, cultural and economic activity of the town and its environmental sustainability.

The post holder will be responsible for providing practical support at different levels and for creating the culture and environment to enable individuals and families to achieve different health, social, employment, or environmental goals. The project is ambitious and could potentially include supporting beneficiaries in the development of a micro business, or community enterprise.

For full details on the role, please download the job description. For an application form, please download it here. The deadline for application forms is the 16th May 2022.

Wincanton Primary School

Parent and Family Support Worker

Wincanton Primary School is looking for a Parent and Family Support Worker, to be based in Wincanton. The post initially is a temporary for a year (April 2022 – April 2023), part time, term time only post (subject to funding), Hours: 18.5 per week (term time only), Salary: Grade 12 - Point 19, £13.20 per hour (Actual gross salary £10,728 per annum)

If you have knowledge and experience of:
- working with families and children
- accessing services for families and children
- supporting parents with parenting classes
- emotional coaching and well-being
- Early Help Agenda
- Team Around the School

If you have the ability to:
- Relate to a wide audience of people
- Able to support yet challenge
- Contribute to professional meetings
- Demonstrate excellent safeguarding practises
- Organise your own time and work remotely effectively
Wincanton Primary School would like to hear from you.

The TLC (Tower Learning Community) is a collection of schools that serve the Wincanton and Bruton area. It is made up of nine primary schools and two secondary schools stretching geographically from Milborne Port to Upton Noble. This post will focus on the immediate area of Wincanton and be hosted at Wincanton Primary School.

The application form is available here or from the Wincanton Primary School website and should be accompanied with a letter of application demonstrating your experience to date.

You can also download the full job description

If you wish to discuss the post further do not hesitate to contact Mr. Graeme Wilson at Wincanton Primary School – 01963 32132 or email
Closing Date: Monday 16th May at mid-day.
Interviews: Tuesday 24th May

Conker's 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.

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


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

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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.

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