Whilst 2020 can be seen as a year most of us wish to forget, here at bOunceT it was not all doom and gloom; with continued growth, fresh team members, and exciting new office space to top it all off!
With the vaccine (hopefully) offering a return to more normal times sooner rather than later, we have wasted no time in strengthening our organisation during an exciting period of growth whilst adapting to the ongoing challenges COVID-19 presents to us.
With 5 new members of staff and an increase in volunteers, the need for a larger office space was imperative and has been on the cards now for quite some time – it’s safe to say we have long outgrown our old space. Luckily, this new office space is more or less right next door to our therapeutic playroom at STEP!
Across the last few months of 2020, we have been busy cleaning, painting, furniture-building – you name it. We are so proud of how the new office has turned out! The office is a reflection of the qualities needed to make it through the past year – patience, dedication, and most importantly, teamwork! We had a helping hand from parents of those who use our facilities. They did everything from moving furniture to helping us build it – we really could not be more grateful.
As it’s now January, often regarded the most depressing month of the year, we thought what better time to share with all of you – our lovely service users, families, carers – the new and improved bOunceT Headquarters! It’s a lovely space which will allow us to further develop our great organisation.
In order to maintain the cleanliness and hygein our new office we decided to hire 3 new cleaners, who will clean both the office and playroom in the morning and at night. This will allow our OT staff and placement students to have more capacity to carry out their duties in a safe and clean working environment.
As per usual, we haven’t kept things strictly business at bOunceT. We can safely say that we know what we’re talking about when it comes to play, so this new Xbox will allow the team to take breaks and wind down during the longer days we spend here at the office (socially distanced of course!). We would like to thank one of our Parent Partners, Aaron, who kindly donated this to us.
This office gives us hope for the future. It provides bOunceT with a fresh space for new ideas, continued growth, new challenges and creativity. As we look back on 2020, it was without doubt the most challenging year to date for the business, but thanks to our fantastic team, we truly have made it out the other side going from strength to strength.
We have adapted the office to be an environment which adheres to the Government regulations in place as a result of COVID-19. This includes perspex glass between each desk and social distancing tape to ensure our staff stick to the 2-meter rule.
2021 is certainly looking an exciting year for us here at bOunceT!
Of course, we wouldn’t be here if it was not for the continued support and belief in bOunceT from our fabulous community – THANK YOU TO YOU ALL!!
We cannot wait to welcome you all back this year for more activities, more fun, and more play! Stay safe, healthy, and positive. Best wishes to you and your families.
Your bOunceT team.
(Callum, Francesca, Naomi, Laura, Shai, Alicia, Lyle, Anne, Liz, Guilia + all our students + volunteers)