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OT publishes article in popular journal PMLD Link – “Rebound Therapy: exercise and fun on a trampoline!”

PMLD LINK was established to make a difference to the lives of children and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). Callum MacKinnon (Founder & Occupational Therapy Lead) has published an article about BounceOT and the use of rebound therapy [the therapeutic use of a trampoline] in PMLD Link’s Winter 2022 edition of the...
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If you are told not to access BounceOT – Parents & Carers

Update by Callum MacKinnon (Founder & Occupational Therapy Lead) I’m more than happy to be challenged on this topic – but I will not let anyone be denied access to support that would benefit them…especially when it is more than likely fully funded from our end, and it would help improve their quality of life....
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3 new staff hired to support more families in Stirling!

I am very excited to be part of the amazing bOunceT family. At BounceOT (bOunceT) we recently recruited 3 part time staff as Play Leader’s! This was part of the bank recruitment model that we blogged about a few months ago – You can read the blog here! ‘‘Bank’ staff recruitment model adopted by bOunceT...
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BounceOT shortlisted to Young EDGE final – Scottish EDGE Round 20

BounceOT has been shortlisted to the final of Scottish EDGE‘s Round 20, in the Young EDGE category. Overall, such a positive business proposal, making a real difference to the clients that have been supported and now looking to roll out the proven model further! Judging Panel – 1st Stage Assessment Scottish EDGE is a competition...
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Wheelie good fun! New bikes for staff as new employee benefit

Brian (Play Leader) with 1 of the 2 new bikes The Leadership Team at bOunceT have made a new employee benefit available to core staff working evenings and weekends – a brand new bike! This benefit comes at the same time that all staff are signed up to the Level 1 Heathcare Plan with Westfield...
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‘Bank’ staff recruitment model adopted by bOunceT – Hiring Now!

bOunceT are recruiting a small ‘bank’ of Play Leader staff – apply now! Deadline – Monday 24th October 2022 @ 12pm This is an exciting time to join a motivated team, and well-established service, delivering activity-based therapeutic play sessions to children and adults with disabilities and their families. Details about the role, pay, and benefits...
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New health cash plan – for a happier & healthier team!

From September 2022, all staff employed at bOunceT will automatically be enrolled into a Level 1 healthcare plan with Westfield Health. The employee benefit was originally promoted through the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce – as part of a membership benefit to all businesses in Forth Valley area. The Leadership Team have rolled out the...
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What is rebound therapy & how can it help? An Occupational Therapist’s opinion

“The activity on the trampoline not only stimulates the cardiovascular system, but also provides significant mental stimulation at the same time. It’s fun for C – it’s one of the few times I see him laugh!” Callum MacKinnon (Founder & Lead Occupational Therapist at bOunceT) was asked to write an article for PMLD Link about...
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Social Media Assistant hired for 6-month work placement – Young Person’s Guarantee

Following on from the success of the Kickstart Scheme – where we hosted 3 young people’s work placements, click here to read about it – bOunceT has been lucky enough to secure further funding from Stirling Council to facilitate another 6 months of work for 1 of the young adults. Viktor (Social Media Assistant) was...
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Danielle’s final year OT student placement – GCU

Introduction Danielle recently completed her final year Occupational Therapy placement (through Glasgow Caledonian University). She was 1 of 2 students following a 2:1 supervision model. This is known as a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) placement model. Francesca and Callum from Bounce OT previously blogged about their experience being part of the official Practice Education training...
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Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund – what we did to tackle social isolation & loneliness

The Scottish Government launched The Communities Mental Health and Well-being Fund for adults in October 2021. To date, the Fund has supported nearly 2,000 community projects delivering various activities and programmes. Here at bOunceT, we were awarded £10,000 grant funding at the start of 2022 to fund 4 months worth of project activities. We blogged...
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Kickstart-ing 3 young adult’s careers at bOunceT!

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit. Callum & Eliza were always easy to reach out to for any kind of support, I knew they were only a message away, which kept me on the right track even when working from home. The...
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bOunceT awarded place on Stirling Council Framework after successful tender

bOunceT has been awarded a place on the Social Inclusion Framework after successfully completing a competitive tender by Stirling Council. bOunceT are now an approved supplier on the framework and are already receiving referrals from Stirling Council’s Children with Disabilities Social Work team. Many of the families who are supported by this team are entitled...
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Imogen’s remote final-year OT placement from London!

Hello! My name is Imogen. I am a final year occupational therapy student from Brunel University, and my time at bOunceT was to be my fourth and final placement before graduating. Previously I have experienced a placement working with the elderly in community and two in a hospital setting working with neurological conditions, therefore, I...
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Full-time Play Leader hired for new project at bOunceT

Brian Stretton has been recruited by bOunceT to fill the new full-time Play Leader position, made possible by generous funding from The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland [for a 3 year project starting April 2022]. I’m looking forward to working with the children, young people, and adults, who access the service as I went to...
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Lien’s international OT placement – from Belgium to bOunceT!

Following on from our blog about Lien arranging her work experience at bOunceT all the way from Belgium, I wanted to update you about her time with us! I really want to say thank you. It was so nice and I’m really grateful that I could visit your amazing organisation and country! Lien came over...
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bOunceT recruiting full-time Play Leader to support OT team for new 3 year project

bOunceT are looking to hire a new full-time addition to the team on a 3 year fixed-term contract. This post will hopefully be extended for a further 3 years, or made permanent, subject to funding in 2025. [Job Advert below] Despite the role of a Play Leader already being established within the organisation, this position...
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Ally’s DIY OT placement at bOunceT

Introduction Ally Ross (OT Student from Glasgow Caledonian University) wanted to make the most of her time off between studying and placements, so she reached out to me in the hope to arrange a few days shadowing the OT team at bOunceT. Cut a long story short, Ally was able to arrange 4 days placement...
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From Belgium to bOunceT – Lien’s international OT work experience

Lien Andries is an Occupational Therapy student living in Belgium. She initially contacted Callum MacKinnon (Founder & Lead Occupational Therapist) at bOunceT a few months ago to organise an OT student exchange in the hope to gain work experience for her CV. Despite challenges with formalising the agreement due to COVID restrictions and other processes...
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New Graduate OT hired for project work after successful placement at bOunceT!

Euan Scott successfully completed his final year Occupational Therapy (OT) placement at bOunceT [from Queen Margaret University] in 2021, and now has secured a part-time role in the company as an Occupational Therapist. “In my final year of studying OT, I was lucky enough to be introduced to bOunceT as an OT service operating in...
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bOunceT to share in £400,000 Mental Health fund

Forth Valley: £345,800 of large grants given to 29 organisations and a further £66,215 in small grants given to 21 organisations bOunceT Innovative Occupational Therapy: awarded £10,000 for project expenses until March 2022 – new mental health project to support adults with disabilities, and their parents/carers. More news about this project below. Stirling Voluntary Enterprise...
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Mary – Online OT Placement (University of Brighton)

Hello everyone, my name is Mary and I am a student Occupational Therapist from University of Brighton! When I first learned that my last occupational therapy placement was to be remote with bOunceT, initially I was surprised and confused about how this would work…especially since at the services typical therapy sessions involve the use of...
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Ian – OT Student Placement (QMU – Queen Margaret University)

Hello! My name is Ian and I am a 1st Year Occupational Therapy student at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. I recently completed a six-week practice placement at bOunceT along with my fellow student Jenny. As a first OT placement, it was a fun, interesting, supportive, and rewarding place to be. bOunceT showed me how...
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Coaching Parents Online – My Final Year OT Student Placement – Lois, RGU

Hello, everyone! My name is Lois Taylor, I am a fourth-year occupational therapy student from Robert Gordon University RGU (Aberdeen) and I have just finished my final year OT placement at bOunceT. One of my key responsibilities this year was to be involved in a new and upcoming project where I followed the evidence and...
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Working online from Canada! Julia – Occupational Therapy (OT) Graduate

Hi, this is Julia! I have been working behind the scenes with bOunceT on an exciting new project to develop our new product – Meaningful Moments. I wanted to share the story of how I came to work with bOunceT all the way from my home in Canada, what remote working has been like for...
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