The Balsam Centre is supported by a committed group of 132 active volunteers, members of our local community who cook, walk, garden, mentor, guide and assist in many of the groups and activities we offer.
Current volunteer vacancies
Offering anything from an hour or two a month to six or more hours a week, our volunteers are valued members of The Balsam Centre team, and help us to extend the reach of our projects within the local community. We're currently keen to hear from people who would like to volunteer in the following areas of The Balsam Centre's work:
Two Monday mornings a month at The Balsam Centre
Are you a friendly, enthusiastic and confident cook who enjoys spending time with people? Our Chat Cafe needs you!
Open to all, this small and friendly drop-in cafe gives people the opportunity to get out of the house, chat and make new friends, helping to prevent loneliness and isolation. As a volunteer, you would prepare and serve a simple light lunch, e.g. soup, alongside another volunteer, follow good food hygiene practices, and support Balsam Centre staff members in helping to create a cheerful and enjoyable environment for our attendees.
Friday mornings, 9am - 11.30am
Do you have a couple of hours to spare on a Friday morning? Like working with young people? We're looking for a fun and energetic volunteer to help with 'Explore at the Orchard', a small, friendly Forest School activity for 11-16 year-olds.
Full training will be provided, so it doesn't matter if you don't have any special forest school skills! The most important thing is that you enjoy spending time with children, and we'd love it if you could commit to a minimum period of six weeks.
The 'Amble' Short Health Walk
Thursday mornings at Cale Park in Wincanton
The 'Amble' is a slow-paced, short walk (under 30 minutes) on level, stable ground, for people who haven't done much walking before, or perhaps don't get out of the house that often, through poor health or isolation.
We're looking for a cheerful volunteer to accompany our staff and the local Health Coach in supporting our walkers on the Amble. No special skills required other than your ability to connect with people and provide gentle encouragement where needed.
Conkers, our popular and friendly community nursery based here at The Balsam Centre, is currently looking for volunteers who have experience of young children.
The volunteer's role is primarily to support the nursery staff when escorting the children on outings into the local community.
What's in it for you?
What's in it for you when you volunteer? Friendship, fun, a sense of achievement and satisfaction that what you do makes a difference. Volunteering can also lead to paid employment. Work of any kind is good on a CV but volunteering shows commitment and a willingness to contribute.
You can also learn new skills and get relevant training that will be useful in work, such as a Level 2 Hygiene Certificate if you want to move in to catering. Volunteering also increases self-confidence and can contribute to maintaining positive mental health.
What are you waiting for?
If you'd like to find out more about volunteering at The Balsam Centre, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Andrew Pattie on 01963 31842 for a friendly chat. You’d be very welcome to come and visit us in person to see for yourself what the Centre does and get a feel for whether you’d like to get involved.