FAQs for Magic Trainers

Who can apply to be a Magic Trainer?

Magic Trainers are typically Occupational Therapy Students (in any year of study) looking to gain experience working with children and young people with disabilities. We have also accepted applications from qualified Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapy students, Teaching students and Teaching Assistants in the past.

What are the benefits of working as a Breathe Magic Trainer?

Being a Magic Trainer is an opportunity to see the Breathe Magic Intensive Therapy Programme in action. This is a fun and unique opportunity to be a part of a team delivering life changing outcomes for young people and their families.

Not only is this a fun and unique programme to be a part of; it’s also a great way to gain paediatric neurology experience. You’ll receive support from our Clinical Lead Occupational Therapists throughout the programme and will have the opportunity to work closely with children with a wide range of hemiplegic presentations. You will be exposed to factors such as tone, weakness, dystonia, passive range limitations, scaling of and adapting activities based on varying presentations and needs, as well as many other factors applicable within a paediatric neurological setting.

All the above will be fabulous for your CV in terms of knowledge and clinical experience. As well as the satisfaction you’ll get from seeing children grow and develop their skills, you’ll also learn how to perform some magic tricks to wow friends and family!

What support and/or training do I receive?

Before camp starts, all Magic Trainers are required to attend a Magic Trainer training day where one of our Clinical Leads will explain more about the Breathe Magic Intensive Therapy Programme and the role of a Magic Trainer. This will include all the logistical information as well as how the therapy works and what you’ll be expected to do day to day on camp.

During the programme you will receive support and assistance from the Clinical Leads throughout the day when working with the young people. They will be on hand to guide you with the therapy strategies given to each young person and to support you whilst writing up SOAP notes at the end of each day. You’ll also be part of the morning and end of day staff meetings which include debriefs for everyone and offer the chance for you to ask any questions. Of course, the wider Breathe team, including our Magicians and staff team will also always be on hand to guide you through the programme.

After the programme, if you’ve completed 5 days we will provide references and a certificate for Occupational Therapy CPD files.

What is the minimum time commitment needed?

In order to get the most out of the experience and to ensure consistency for the young people we prefer Magic Trainers to complete at least 5 days on camp however we can be flexible on occasion.

Do I need DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance?

Yes, your role involves working with children so it is essential you have enhanced DBS certification. For students under an affiliated university this must be less than 3 years old and for qualified clinicians, clearance must be less than 12 months old. If you do not have enhanced DBS clearance or it is out of date, we will run one for you.

Do you accept applications from overseas?

Yes, we welcome applications from other countries.

When will I hear if my application has been successful?

We aim to contact all applicants within 2 weeks of receiving an application to discuss your experience and answer any questions you have as well as to confirm your availability. We will then be in touch again to confirm the details of timings and logistics a month before camp starts.

What if my availability changes or I can no longer attend?

Please let us know by email or phone as soon as possible.

Do you provide accommodation?

As a not for profit social enterprise company we unfortunately don’t have the budget to cover accommodation however we will do our best to support you in finding accommodation if you require it.

Do you cover travel expenses?

We will cover reasonable travel expenses and will be happy to discuss this with you nearer the time of camp.

The camp location is too far away for me to attend – will you run camps in different locations in future?

We hope to continue to expand and run Breathe Magic camps across the UK to reach and benefit as many children with hemiplegia as possible. In past years we have run the programme in Surrey, Cardiff, Birmingham, London and Gloucestershire.