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Need help?

Many of us need a helping hand at different times in our life. Our services cover all age groups, keeping people connected, providing information and advice, preventing isolation and loneliness, and supporting those who are struggling to cope. 

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We know parenthood can be tricky to navigate and sometimes feels overwhelming. We offer various activities for babies, young children and their parents, including our Breastfeeding Support Group and Pop in and Play Sessions, helping you to connect with your baby, other parents and our Family Support Team in a safe, warm and supportive environment. 

Children & young people

We run a range of activities for children and young people, in a safe space where they can come with their friends or on their own and meet new people. Our life skills sessions gently guide teens to gain greater independence, while our young carers’ group provides a social and supportive outlet through activities, crafts, games and trips.

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Help & advice

If you’re unsure about how to tackle a problem you're facing, you may find someone at The Balsam Centre who can help. Services such as Citizens Advice, Abri Employment Support and Jobcentre Plus all hold regular sessions here and can advise on anything from debt and unfair dismissal to help with finding training and work. Browse the links under 'Help & advice' above to see a list of the services you can access at The Balsam Centre.


If you’re feeling lonely or isolated, we have activities to bring people together, from social groups such as the Chat Café to our thriving Men’s Shed, support groups for people with dementia and their carers, plus many different classes and activities that will help you to get out of the house and meet new people. Some of our activities will gently help you improve your physical wellbeing too, such as health walks, yoga and tai chi.

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Mental health

Help is available if you or someone you know would like to improve their mental health. The Balsam Centre works with the NHS, social care, Somerset Council and local voluntary organisations as part of an alliance called Open Mental Health to provide round-the-clock support to Somerset residents of all ages.

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