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Current Vacancies


Salary: £25,000 pro rata

Hours: 15 per week

Job Purpose: The purpose of the job is to support jobseekers/claimants in the area to access the Balsam Centre in order to address their barriers to employment. The post holder will work with partners and others to provide holistic support, assistance and training to jobseekers to enable successful personal, skills and employment outcomes.

For more information, please download the pdf. Email or call 01963 31842 for an application form. Closing date: 29th November.



Salary: £26,500 pro rata

Hours: 37 per week

Job Purpose: The post-holder will be based in Children’s Services and work as part of a co-located multi-disciplinary team of children’s social workers, domestic abuse and substance misuse specialists, to safeguard and reduce risks to children and their families.

They will be responsible for individual and group work with parents whose behaviours mean their families are at risk of harm. They will ensure that parents who come in to the Family Safeguarding programme, and have a mental health condition, are provided with holistic, strengths based support, focusing on the individual needs of the parent and family, linking with wider Open Mental Health offer of support as required. This link will be enabled through the Open Mental Health locality multi-disciplinary team operating model, so that clinical support from Somerset Foundation Trust can be stepped up as and when needed. This support will, in turn, form part of the whole multi-disciplinary support plan for the family.

For more information, please download the pdf. Email or call 01963 31842 for an application form. Closing date: Monday 6th December.



Salary: by negotiation

Hours: 25 per week

Job Purpose: The purpose of the job is to manage and be accountable for the effective delivery of a range of VCSE services and activities that support people’s mental health, across South Somerset, in partnership with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. This will involve the day to day and line management and support of a small team of Recovery and Wellbeing Workers providing both generalised and specialist support. It will also require the establishment of good working relationships with the wider ‘eco-system’ of community and Voluntary Sector support in the Locality. The post holder will bring understanding and experience of clinical and social determinants of mental health.

For more information, please download the pdf. Email or call 01963 31842 for an application form. Closing date: 29th November.


Conker's Nursery

Conkers Nursery is our own nursery at The Balsam Centre. It's a friendly and popular nursery - and we are looking for staff to join our team.


We are looking for experienced L3 qualified Early Years Bank Workers with the flexibility to work between the hours of 8.00 -5.30 all year round. The hourly pay rate is dependent on experience.

For more information on any of these roles, please call 01963 31842, or email Jenny Sparkes -


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:

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Support Us!

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!


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!!

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.

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