Entries by Elizabeth Thomas

Summer Celebrations & Graduations

It was wonderful to have the Balsam Summer celebrations this August and our latest graduations from the parenting courses. We are so proud of these young people who have worked hard throughout the weeks and gained knowledge to grow and support their families.

Didcot Toddler and other groups for under 5's

  Ladygrove Church toddler group Wednesday 9.30 to 11am in Ladygrove Community Hall Didcot Thursday 9.30 to 11am in Ladygrove Community Hall, Didcot For more info visit www.theladygrovechurch.org.uk/church-life/parentcarer-toddler-groups/   Didcot Baptist Church – Toddler and Baby Groups Tuesday Toddlers – 9.30-11.15am Wednesday Toddlers – 9.30-11.15am Wednesday afternoon baby group birth- 18 months – 9.30-11.15am Thursday toddlers […]

Easter Celebration

We’re excited to announce our annual Easter Celebration which will be on 7th April at Didcot Methodist Church between 2 and 4pm. There will be an Easter egg hunt for the children, crafts, face painting and bouncy castle, plus some yummy food. If you would like to join us please text Martin on 07387391148 or email […]

Christmas Lunches for 175 people!

The Balsam Family Project, laid on a two-course Christmas lunch for 43 families at the Didcot Civic Hall on Saturday 9th December. Charity trustees, volunteers and staff came together to cook and serve turkey with all the trimmings to around 175 people from Didcot and the surrounding areas. Balsam also teamed up with other local […]

Secret Santa Oxfordshire

Secret Santa Oxfordshire is a wonderful local charity (also a winner at the Didcot Business Awards!) run by Charlotte Hughes and has a wide assortment of things available for Balsam Family Project beneficiaries: such as……. New Moses baskets Carry cots New clothes Kitchen utensils Baby bath Mugs Toys Loads of books Balsam families – do get […]

Braving the cold and Beautiful music….

Thanks to the Balsam volunteers who braved the cold on a November evening at the Didcot Street Fair and raised £190 for Balsam! Thanks also to all our Sponsors who have donated toys & books to sell: The Entertainer Toy Shop; W H Smith; Wilko; All Saints Church, Didcot; All Saints Church Chilton; All Saints Church Marcham; Didcot Baptist Church; Didcot Kings Church; Fledgelings […]

Balsam is a winner!

Balsam was nominated and shortlisted to receive a Didcot First ‘Business & Community Award’ in four categories and we found out recently that we won in two categories! Balsam was awarded Best Volunteer Development and Best Partnership and Collaboration in the community and charity awards and rightly reflects the hard work the Balsam staff put […]

Come and work for Balsam!

  We are looking to recruit two new members of staff for Balsam: a Family Liaison Officer (20 hours a week) and Fundraiser (Half time post). Family Liaison Officer (20 Hours per week) Understanding and self-motivated Family Liaison Officer with Safe Guarding experience required for a Christian charity offering support to vulnerable and isolated families […]

Didcot Community Gospel Choir CD

Didcot Community Gospel Choir have made a super CD and 25% of their sales are going to Balsam!  CDs are available from the Balsam office @ £10.  Tracks include:  ‘Lean on Me’, Bridge over Troubled Water; The Rhythm of Life; Amazing Grace; and more. Order while stocks last!  Contact Martin on 07387 391148 or email: […]

Summer Celebrations

It was great to see so many people at the Balsam Summer Celebration on Saturday 8th July in Didcot Baptist Church. A word of thanks to supermarkets Tescos & Sainsbury’s for donating £10 vouchers for food for the Celebration and Aldi £30 for cakes.  The bouncy castle was hired from ‘Time to Bounce’ who regularly […]