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HRH The Countess of Wessex visited the Balsam Centre last week!

Wednesday 8 November 2017, 22:23
By Sue Place

HRH The Countess of Wessex visiting the Balsam Centre in Wincanton

The Balsam Centre in Wincanton proudly welcomed Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex on her official visit on Wednesday 1st November. The Centre is a flourishing community hub and an independent charity dedicated to supporting and improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Wincanton and the surrounding area.

Her Royal Highness was given a tour of the Centre, meeting beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and trustees. The Countess was able to experience a number of the different social, therapeutic and support groups and activities that take place during a normal working day.

The Countess enjoyed meeting Mums and their twins in the busy Balsam Multiples group, before chatting to a social group exploring crafting with wool, where she got to grips with some of the intricacies of arm knitting. In the IT Drop-In Her Royal Highness was able to give advice on crossword clues and in the Men’s Shed she was given a tour of the old and new wings.

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex meeting mums and their twins at the Balsam Centre in Wincanton - photo by Oscar YoosefinejadHRH The Countess of Wessex playing with children at the Balsam Centre in Wincanton - photo by Oscar Yoosefinejad

HRH The Countess of Wessex meeting men from the Men's Shed at the Balsam Centre - photo by Oscar YoosefinejadHRH The Countess of Wessex enjoying tea and cake and a chat at the Balsam Centre in Wincanton - photo by Oscar Yoosefinejad
Photos by Oscar Yoosefinejad

Following her tour, The Countess was present at the official launch of the Well Wessex group of charities. The four established charities working together to improve mental health in Somerset are The Balsam Centre, Creativity Works, Heads Up! and Chard Watch. Each charity has its own individual approach and all include use of peer support to assist in recovery and maintenance of good mental health and wellbeing. The charities have been developing a new and effective model to meet the many challenges and changes currently taking place in the field of mental health.

HRH The Countess of Wessex presenting a certificate to commemorate her visit to the Balsam Centre - photo by Oscar Yoosefinejad
Photo by Oscar Yoosefinejad




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