Working with CatholicCare NT

Working with CatholicCare NT

There’s no doubt about it, Maria’s an incredible facilitator, which is why she is in such high demand! It’s lucky we have a great calendar system here at Bounce, or we’d never know where Maria was off to next! Last month Maria delivered a Goal Setting workshop to a group of fantastic people from CatholicCare NT in Alice Springs! The workshop focused on communication, supporting job seeker goals and writing effective job plans.
“Maria’s training was fantastic and our team walked away with a lot of practical skills and engagement techniques that we have already started to apply in the workplace. The lessons learned from the day will be so valuable in helping our staff see beyond just the requirements of the computer and legislation and into building genuine rapport with our clients. The GROW method is already helping us to develop more realistic and relatable goals with our clients.” – Dylan McKinley, Regional Manager CatholicCare NT – South East Alice Springs
CatholicCare NT is a not-for-profit organisation, providing counselling services and programs to individuals, couples, families, children groups, schools and agencies across the Northern Territory. Their mission is to contribute to a society that values all its members by strengthening individuals, families and communities in ways that respect their dignity and culture. They’re doing some amazing work, so check them out by clicking HERE.
If you’re interested in some professional development for you or your team, give our General Manager, Kelly, a call on 0419 326 694 or email

More Tips from Jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. In this new video, Maria takes you through different ways you can train your brain. Become more focused, increase your knowledge and think more clearly! Watch it now!

Gamifying Employment

While wandering around the internet, getting myself up to date on the latest Employment Services news, an article caught my eye, ‘Tomorrow Me – Young Workers Gamification Project’ – Gaming and Employment? Awesome!
This brilliant initiative is a team up between VicHealth, Creative Victoria, game design agency Millipede, Education Services Australia and Foundation for Young Australians. The aim is to use “gamification” to push youth forward into sustainable employment. Just like your phone counts your steps and rewards you when you hit your goal, the new ‘Tomorrow Me’ app looks to be heading in the same direction with reward-based tasks.
While there doesn’t appear to be a launch date as yet for the exciting new employment-based game, planning seems to be well and truly underway, and I for one can’t wait to see the end result!
For more information on the ‘Tomorrow Me – Young Workers Gamification Project’ head to the Vic Health Website or CLICK HERE.

Trainer of the Month

Our trainer of the month for June is someone who has been with Bounce for just over six months. Kind-hearted, resilient and positive, Judy Jefferies is an unstoppable force of amazing!
Before joining Bounce, Judy was training in the corporate world for an incredible 22 years but decided a shakeup was needed. She stepped out, got her qualifications and joined Bounce soon after (yay!). Judy says that getting her trainer qualifications was the best thing she’s done, and to be accepted by Bounce was just ‘the icing on the cake’.
Judy is compassionate, caring and amazing to chat with. She gets incredible employment outcomes with job seekers and the site she delivers to love her so much they have booked her back to back!
‘I feel so privileged that each day I can help change the lives of people and impart some guidance and support to improve their mindset and take them forward in their life pathways.’
Thank you, Judy, for everything you do for the job seekers, the sites and the team here at Bounce. You’re a rock star!

Tip of the Month

“Looking back can be a great way of moving forward. Assess your last 12 months by writing down your biggest achievements and your biggest challenges. What can you learn from these things and use in the future?”

– Maria Smith

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Bounce goes Remote… Again!

Bounce goes Remote… Again!

Bounce trainers have been busy once again with NESA, delivering the Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS). RSAS is a government funded initiative that aims to boost the attendance rates in remote areas of Australia by educating providers and locals on new ways to motivate students to attend school.

This is Bounce’s 3rd year running with RSAS, delivering local forums, Leadership forums and Train the Trainer sessions across Australia. So far the Bounce team have delivered training in Yuendumu, NT, Boggabilla, NSW, Perth, WA and Maria is off to Derby, WA later this month. Bounce has been scheduled in for eight more trainings as well, that will span the rest of the year.

RSAS is an incredible initiative that’s making massive improvements in remote communities, and we are so grateful to be a part of it. If you’d like to find out more about the Remote Schools Attendance Strategy, click here!

Tips from Jobactive

We’ve got another Bounce inspired YouTube video for you this month. In this new video, Maria takes you through types of communications styles and how to recognise them to give you a communication edge at work! Watch it now!

The honour is all ours

We get invited to some truly incredible events here at Bounce, and we love every single one of them, but there was one particular event this year that took our breath away. Maria was honoured to be invited to speak at the 2018 Women Economic Forum, in India, and even walked away with an Exceptional Women of Excellence Award.

The annual event aims to bring together women from all over the globe to share ideas, build new connections and discuss innovative ways to support women in business. This incredible networking opportunity for women hosted a massively diverse group of people from all around the world and focused on interactive workshops and talks supporting business equality.

Maria returned from her trip practically glowing with pride and excitement, unable to hold in her brilliant stories from the event. Thank you to everyone who organised this inspired forum!

Trainer of the Month

A lot of the time, we go out and search for very special Bounce trainers, but then, in strange twists of fate, our Bounce trainers find us. In the case of the beautiful Noula Petrarca, this is exactly what happened.

‘It’s almost 12 months to the day that I met a Bounce Trainer who changed my life on a holiday in Bali. She said “You have to be a Bounce Trainer you have that X factor” and I learned very quickly that when someone believes in you, believing in yourself is eventually a given! As a Bounce trainer, I now take this into my training room, I make a difference every day to someone’s life, and I love it. I believe in me.’

Having worked in the fitness industry for 20 years, and also having been an extremely successful bodybuilder, Noula quickly learnt discipline, self-confidence, patience and integrity. Once her three children grew up, she decided it was time for a change, and that’s when Noula met Abby, a Bounce trainer who also happened to be holidaying in Bali. The rest is history.

Noula is an incredible human being. She takes her role to inspire and motivate very seriously, and her caring and passionate nature shines through every day. Starting in September last year, Noula has already changed the lives of so many of her participants. Thank you for your determination, Noula, what would we do without it!

Tip of the Month

“Support the people around you. When someone is having a difficult time at work, it can show up in many different ways; irritability may actually be stress or confusion, so take the time to ask. Kindness and understanding goes a long way.”

– Maria Smith

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Welcome to the team Mindy!

Welcome to the team Mindy!

It gives everyone at Bounce great pleasure to introduce the amazing Mindy Renner, our new Business Developer for Queensland! Mindy’s role here at Bounce is to support the launch of Bounce and accredited programs in partnership with ACE Community Colleges in Queensland. Mindy’s strong background in business development makes her the perfect person for the job!

Mindy has experienced some incredible things in her time; professional digital marketing, social media marketing, website consulting not to mention running her own cake decorating business for ten years! There’s nothing this amazing woman can’t do! She has a commitment to her sponsor child of 8 years in Zambia and of course, her husband and two children, aged 5 and 10.

So what does Mindy think of her new role with Bounce? ‘It’s not sales; I’m just helping people. This role is going to be so rewarding. I can’t wait to share Bounce with Queensland.’

Mindy has officially joined the Bounce team as of March 3rd and is thrilled to be working with the new amazing team of Queensland trainers, ACE Community Colleges, Employment Providers, Community Groups and the wider business community.

If you’d like to have a chat with Mindy about Bounce or just want to say hi, you can contact her on her mobile – 0448 196 728

Maria Smith – Founder, CEO and… YouTube Star?

Have you seen the latest playlist on the jobactive YouTube channel? The “How to improve your job search” playlist is a new initiative by jobactive to put job search information at the fingertips of the people who need it most – the job seekers.

The fortnightly two minute videos aim to deliver vital skills in a more accessible format and stars our very own Founder & CEO, Maria Smith.

The playlist has been running since October last year and is updated with new videos regularly. So if you or your job seekers need a little skills boost, take a look at the jobactive channel by clicking HERE

Where’s your Integrity?

Integrity. It’s a word that’s thrown around a lot, employers want it, employees need it, and training companies talk it up, but no one ever actually discusses what it is. In short, integrity is being your word, doing the things that you said or implied that you would do, whether that’s completing a huge project or helping a friend move house.

So where is your integrity? Find Out

Tip of the Month

“Do you say things to yourself like “Well it’s not going to work so I won’t put too much effort in” or “There’s no point doing that job”? Re-framing your beliefs and how you perceive things can help you start to feel good and flourish.”

– Maria Smith

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Breaking the mould with The Life Changer Foundation

Breaking the mould with The Life Changer Foundation

This month we’re not sending you our normal newsletter. Instead, we’re sending you a personal message. A message about something very close to our hearts and something that Founder and CEO, Maria is intensely passionate about; so passionate that last week she walked 140km to raise money and awareness – It’s called The LifeChanger Foundation.

The LifeChanger Foundation is on an epic mission to turn these stats around and create a generational shift in society. LifeChanger believes that by providing young Australians with the tools to develop a positive self-identity, they will be empowered to live their best life.

The LifeChanger program develops an adolescent’s self-identity by nurturing the individual across five key pillars; Wellbeing, Life-Skills, Self-Awareness, Purpose & Meaning and Connections.

This revolutionary approach will give every young Australian unprecedented access to programs within their community and a first-of-its-kind digital platform providing a pathway to their best life. Moreover, the digital platform and community engagement will mean ongoing, responsive support.

As well as Maria, LifeChanger already has over 14 Ambassadors, including names like World Champion Surfer, Layne Beachley, Australian Netballer, Shae Brown, Ironman, Trevor Hendy and so many more backing the foundation.

Small steps, Big Journey – Marias 140km trek to raise awareness

Last week, Maria embarked on a 140km trek through Western Australia to raise money and awareness for the LifeChanger Foundation. On top of walking through sand dunes, camping out under the stars and discovering how uncomfortable hiking boots are, Maria explained to us her experience of taking the first step off a 52 foot cliff. For Maria, this was putting her teachings into practice and testing the boundaries of what your mind and body will let you get away with… and it had us in stitches.

Abseiling is not something Maria had ever done before or necessarily ever wanted to do, but as she watched each member of her trek team lazily roll back over the edge of the mammoth cliff and bounce their way down a 52 foot drop like it was just another Friday afternoon, Maria couldn’t not give it a go!

And here’s where we begin to run the gauntlet of emotions.

Maria Smiths Guide to Emotional Abseiling

Step 1: Fear.

Become so scared that you question your instructor’s ability and sanity – “What do you mean put my hand behind me?! Where behind me!? It doesn’t make sense!”

Step 2: Anger.

Out of pure unadulterated fear, once again question your instructor’s capabilities but this time be less polite about it – “I’ve never done this! You need to check all my belts again!”

Step 3: Denial.

Express your pure terror by exploding into tears, shaking and flat out refusing to move while your instructor calmly tells you that you’re perfectly safe and you’re going to do a great job – “No! Nope. I’m not doing it. You can’t make me do it!”

Step 4: Regret.

Allow your body to go numb from fear exhaustion and slowly back your feet over the edge of the cliff… then immediately look down. This is the feeling of regret – the biggest regret you have ever had.

Step 5: Bargaining.

Now that you’re over the edge of this stupid cliff that you have stupidly decided to stupidly fall down, attempt to follow the words of the instructor by laying back and straightening your legs while simultaneously attempting to hug the wall with every available body part. Realise that this is a physical impossibility and resort praying to any higher power that will listen, not to let you plummet to your death.

Step 6: Shock.

While still frozen solid, dangling from what now seems like a piece of rope constructed purely of heavily abused dental floss, finally calm down enough to hear every single person in your trek team cheering you on with claps and ‘woots’ – well, sh*t. You’re actually doing it… and you’re not dead!

Step 7: Acceptance.

Realise that you’re completely nailing this whole thing and start slinking your way downwards like some weird Cat Woman/Spiderman hybrid, taking in the absolute beauty of the whole situation and feeling an overwhelming sense of peace.

Step 8: Exhilaration.

Finally, let your feet touch the ground with the consistency of mash potato stuffed into water balloons, laughing and weeping uncontrollably until the trek guide hugs you to stop you shaking like you’ve just been electrocuted. You did it! You ran the gauntlet of emotions, overcoming your terror and showing yourself that you are capable of much more than you know.

Even though Maria has returned safe and sound from this incredible adventure, she could still use your help to raise funds towards this ground-breaking initiative.

Every cent raised goes directly towards getting the LifeChanger programs out to youth all over the country, giving them the opportunity to develop their wellbeing, life-skills, self-awareness, purpose, meaning and connections. Donations are tax-deductible, so there is nothing to lose!

Help our kids get the chance they deserve – just 1 dollar, and you can change someone’s whole world.

Launching LifeChanger in Maryborough

Due to the amazing support of the Avoca Community Bank, Life changer is launching in Bounces very own hometown of Maryborough! An information session focusing on The LifeChanger program is being held on Monday the 19th of March and is open to anyone interested in the initiative.
Hear what Australian Hall of Fame and a six times Iron Man champion Trevor Hendy has to share along with, Scott Watters, ex AFL star player & Coach and also the LifeChanger Founder.
Head to the Facebook event to find out more!

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Better Life for Low-Income Earners

Better Life for Low-Income Earners

Mobile phone plans are not an easy thing to keep up with, especially when you’re going through a bit of a rough patch financially. Even the minimum payment plans give you barely enough call time to phone your mum on her birthday, let alone call employers to find out about job opportunities.

Well, one amazing company put their hand in the air and said “We’ve had enough!” – this is how Better Life Mobile was born.

Now, before I go any further, I want to say that this is not a sales pitch. Bounce is not sponsored by Better Life Mobile in any way. This article is simply the result of our own research. We just thought it was a great idea and we wanted to help with those wallet-emptying phone bills that come in every month.

Better Life Mobile was created with the unemployed and low-income earners specifically in mind. It is an Australian owned company, who offer low cost, no risk phone plans with the help of state and federal administrators, financial councillors and welfare organisations. Basically, take everything you know about phone companies and throw it out the window because Better Life is actually here to help.

Their plans range from $18 a month with unlimited text and calls and 1 GB of data, all the way up to $35 per month with unlimited text and calls and 9 GB of data – which is incredible! They have the same coverage as Telstra, they don’t charge late, set up or cancellation fees, and once you hit your allowance, they cap you, so no hidden usage cost.

Better Life Mobile provides their service to everyone, so if you’re wanting to save a bit of money this year or know someone that this company could really help, check out and find out more.

Kelly’s Back!

The incredible Kelly is officially back in the office! As of the 5th of February Kelly has been back on board the Bounce train after her three months of maternity leave with little Max. Kelly is once again available during normal business hours, however, she will be switching between her home office and work office so that she can spend time with the little bundle of joy. We can’t express how happy we are to have Kelly back, and we’re pretty pleased about the visits from Max too! If you need to get in contact with Kelly about anything Bounce related, you can contact her on 0419 326 694 or via her email

Meet the New Team Member

We would like everyone to officially welcome our newest Bounce Team member, Shania! Fresh out of school and full of motivation, Shania took the initiative to walk through our front doors and ask if there was any work available – the rest is history! Shania will be starting out by helping around the office, getting to know what we do and supporting every team member with a range of different jobs. Shania is very interested in event organising, planning and scheduling which is great for us because we need someone other than Kelly to keep us all in line! Welcome to the team Shania, you’re going to do great!

Trainer of the Month

This month we get to say thank you to a trainer who has made such a huge impact to all of his participants. Through his positivity, motivation and incredible skills as a trainer, Leon McAsey has become one of Bounces’ most valued members.

Leon spent his early years as a ballroom & Latin Dance Instructor and perfected his profession over 15 years, resulting in him owning and operating his own business in Melbourne right up until 2010. Missing the quiet country life, Leon sold his business and returned to northern Victoria, where he purchased a small farm. He went on to work with Corrections Victoria delivering CGEA Certificates I, II and III (specialising in working with disengaged and disadvantaged youths).

Nowadays, Leon spends his time working with his Bounce Participants, cracking “dad” jokes and sharing his incredible life experiences. Thank you, Leon, for everything you bring to your role, we are so proud to call you one of our own.

Tip of the Month

“If you’re not in the right mindset a job can take ten times longer than it should. Walk away and do something else that gets you motivated then come back to it and try again.”

– Maria Smith

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Oh hi, 2018!

Oh hi, 2018!

Well, here we are! We’ve eaten our body weight in Christmas ham, set off our fair share of party poppers to welcome the New Year and caught up on some much-needed rest and relaxation, and now we’re ready to get cracking on everything that’s happening in 2018! We’ve hit the ground running this month, preparing for our accredited program launch alongside ACE Community Colleges in Queensland – which we’re super excited for! Accredited job seeker programs have already started running across Victoria, and corporate bookings are filling in fast!

In other news, Kelly will be returning from Maternity Leave on Monday the 5th of February, although she will not be working exclusively within the office. Kelly will be splitting her days between the Bounce office and her own personal home office. Hopefully, she will bring along little Max as well!

From everyone here at Bounce, we hope you’ve had an amazing break, and we look forward to working with you in 2018!

Upskilling Trainers for the New Year

Last weekend trainers took time out of their busy schedules to make the trek to Maryborough for a 2-day intensive training. 25 trainers spent their Saturday and Sunday with Founder & CEO Maria Smith, building on their coaching skills, discovering cutting edge techniques for even better outcomes and getting the opportunity to spend time with each other.

The weekend was an incredible experience. Armed with these new skills and techniques, trainers will be more effective than ever in engaging job seekers and motivating them to do their very best! Thank you to all the trainers who were able to attend this incredible weekend.

“A very special thank you to you Maria for dedicating your time, effort, kind words, knowledge, wisdom, skills and magic! A very memorable 2 days!” – Abby Eden, Bounce Trainer

Stop Putting Your Dreams on the Back-Burner – 5 Tips to get Focused

We all dream. Images, ideas, emotions and sensations happen in our mind involuntarily, while we sleep. It’s also been suggested that dreams are a connection to our unconscious mind and that they manifest from our deepest desires and anxieties. Even though we can’t control our sleeping dreams, we can control the dreams and goals we have while we are awake – it’s staying focused on these dreams that is the tricky part.

Click here to get 5 tips to get focused on your dreams!

Trainer of the Month

January is the month of new beginnings and looking to the future, so who better to feature this month than our very own Lorraine Whittingham. Lorraine’s story is one of true inspiration and comes with a great message. Originally living in Maryborough (the home of Bounce), Lorraine moved to Melbourne to start fresh but unfortunately found herself unemployed for 12 months. After participating in some programs through her jobactive provider and gaining some part-time work, Lorraine chanced upon someone through a long series conversations, the lovely Bounce Trainer Niss. It wasn’t long before Lorraine made her way right back to Maryborough for her Bounce training, and soon after began running programs at the very same jobactive provider who had supported her throughout her unemployment. Talk about full circle!

“I tell my participants to get clear on what they want and then tell as many people as they can because you never know what results from simple conversations!” – Lorraine Whittingham

Tip of the Month

“Kick off the new year with a motivated mind. Grab that task you’ve been putting off for months & get it done. It will take a weight off your mind, & you’ll feel great!”

– Maria Smith

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