As well as running our own groups and classes, other organisations rent space from us to run their services from the centre. You too can rent a room from us, either as a one off or on a weekly basis; big rooms like The Shed or small rooms like the Family Room - see Room Hire. The other organisations that run an office or group complement the centre in some way. The Citizens Advice Bureau offers advice on anything from debt to unfair dismissal, and Battens, the solicitors, run a fortnightly legal clinic here. The midwives will see you through pregnancy and the health visitors will help you and your child through the early years. These are all important services to the community, supporting those that need them.
Don't forget the CAT bus, a vital service if you don't have a car or can't drive whilst you are recovering from an operation perhaps. It will pick you up from home and drop you back again. Check out the information on how to register for the service
The country market runs from the Balsam Centre too - pick up local fresh food, cakes and jams, and John Holman runs Wholemeal Media from here, on hand to make community films and videos.
And then we have our gardens, run and managed by The Growing Space, our sister charity, helping people with anxiety or mental distress learn to cope through horticulture.
The Centre has a wonderful range of rooms that are available to hire, from the large and light Shed to small consulting rooms, all with access to wifi. Whether you are looking for a venue for a conference or children's party, or if you want to hire our kitchen for demonstrations or classes, then call us to discuss it. 01963 31842.
Take a look at the rooms we have to offer:-
Our largest room, with wooden floors and plenty of light, this is the perfect room for conferences, large meetings and parties.
A small room, with a desk and chairs. (The room is about to be redecorated so a photo will be up soon!). This is the perfect room for a one-to-one or small meeting.
Another large and light room overlooking the gardens with a toilet and a utility room attached, where folding tables are stored.
This is our wonderful training kitchen, with 3 ovens and plenty of worksurface, it is a great place for catering classes. There is a large circular table on one side of the room making it another good meeting room. This area is carpeted so it is also quiet.
Next to the Shed, this room could be hired at the same time, giving you access to a small kitchen and cafe seating area.
This room is ideal for smaller meetings. There are 2 large tables that can be fitted together to create one large meeting table, and there are 3 smaller tables at the back, along with a public computer.
The room has 8 desks with monitors and keyboards, all connected to the wifi.
However, this room will be undergoing some changes shortly and although the room will be available, the computers won't. You can still hire the room; it has a projector screen and we have a projector, but you will be able to have tables in here instead of desks.
A small informal room, a good place for small family or informal groups to meet. There is a sofa and chairs, and toys for children to play with.
Telephone: 01963 34594
This very successful community transport scheme, based at the Balsam Centre has now been operating for many years in the Wincanton, Bruton and Castle Cary areas. The scheme operates a Ring and Ride door to door service for people who live in villages without transport or for those who are unable to access the normal bus service.
The service runs Monday to Friday from 0800 to 1800
For bookings and fare prices please call 01963 33864
Membership of the scheme costs £10 and the fares are very reasonable. Holders of bus passes travel at half price within our operating area.
CAT also operate a social car scheme and are currently in desperate need of volunteer drivers to take people to hospital appointments out of the area. A mileage rate is paid to cover expenses and drivers are covered by the scheme’s insurance.
Don't sit and fret about your debts or housing problems; talk to someone who can help you. Or maybe you feel you've been unfairly dismissed from your job.
Advisors are well trained to guide you on what you can do about your situation. The Citizens Advice Bureau have changed their times from every other week to every week, and for longer sessions.
Getting outdoors and into nature is good for you! It has beneficial effects on health, both physical and mental, helping to reduce the impact of anxiety and depression.
The Growing Space is our sister charity, working in the gardens around the centre and in the vegetable and flower plots across the road. They grow the fruit and veg for the cafe, local schools and pre-schools, whilst helping people who are experiencing emotional difficulties. They also run activities to boost self confidence, and give training and support to people with learning disabilities.
And the food's delicious! If you want to find out more head over to their website, The Growing Space.
The health visitors for this area are based at the Balsam Centre, working with you as your child develops, on hand to offer advice and support.
To talk to the health visitors or make an appointment, call 01963 32498
The community midwives now run a clinic at The Balsam Centre, every Friday, 1pm - 3pm.
To talk to the midwives or make an appointment, call 01935 384449
Spark Somerset excited to announce the launch of Wellbeing South Somerset, their brand new website dedicated to promoting good health and wellbeing in South Somerset.
WELLBEING SOUTH SOMERSET features a huge directory of support groups, services and activities in South Somerset, as well as health-boosting self-management tools and tips.
It helps connect people with groups and services in their community that could support their health and wellbeing, from lunch clubs and walking groups, to condition-specific support groups, and even housing and debt advice.
Visit WELLBEINGSOUTHSOMERSET.ORG to find out more.
Do you have a group, service or activity that you would like us to inlcude in the directory? Please email SUPPORT@SPARKSOMERSET.ORG.UK.
The Country Market has been running in Wincanton for 43 years selling locally and home grown produce which include:
Plants, Cakes, Cheddar cheese and butter from an internationally known local farmer, Jewellery, Knitting, Cards, Turned Wood, Fresh Eggs and - nearer to Christmas - a full range of Christmas goodies.
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!
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 now have a Virgin Giving charity page where you can donate directly, and Virgin will collect the tax for us! Just click on the button below.