Entries by Paul Luper

Business & Community Awards 2016

November sees the 8th annual Didcot Business and Community Awards sponsored by Didcot First.  I have great pleasure in announcing that Balsam Family Project has been nominated for two categories. They are: Best Established Charity / Community Group Inspirational Youth Group Many thanks to those who nominated us.

Balsam put Families at Heart of Christmas

If you waked into the Conservative Club on Sunday, you would have been greeted by dozens of Oxfordshire families celebrating the hope and future Christmas is all about. Christmas dinner was served to over 60 families by trustees and volunteers of Balsam Family Project and every family left with a Christmas Hamper provided by Didcot […]

Project Linus blankets distributed!

There’s nothing quite like seeing the face of a child opening a gift and we had the privilege of passing on the beautiful quilts made by Project Linus volunteers. We have now distributed exquisite quilts to almost a dozen families. Each blanket is unique but the delight of the children is the same! A special […]

An Evening with Balsam – March 6, 2015

‘An Evening with Balsam’, a new event in the Balsam calendar, was a great success with live music, singing, dancing and an opportunity to find out about more about what Balsam do and what we have achieved. Balsam Families had a great time together and we all got to make new friends, some of whom have […]

Summer Fun and Fundraising for Balsam

Balsam Family Picnic at Edmunds Park  The sun shone brightly on 11th July for our annual summer get together. Balsam members met at Edmunds Park and enjoyed fun, food and fellowship. SOHA Launchpad event  Balsam Family Project attended an event at the Cornerstone Didcot where SOHA Housing brought together charitable organisations in the area. We had an […]


We have just received these two letters of thanks from grateful clients.  It is letters like these that are so encouraging and rewarding for Balsam volunteers and staff.   To the Balsam Trust You will never quite know how much blessed and how grateful we were to receive a ‘hamper’ at Christmas. We were financially […]


The start of the Summer College Term is 28 April with three families following the Parenting and Home Management Level 1 course.  The half-term break is from 26 May and the course recommences on 2 June.


Many of our families enjoyed our Easter Celebration with a pizza lunch.       Joy Locke from Didcot Ridgeway Church entertained the children with a puppet show telling the Easter Story. Mayor Axel MacDonald presented certificates to families who had graduated from their Level 1 parenting course.   The children then took part in an […]