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Hi, I'm wondering if anyone can help me. I will be applying to Uni this year to study Occupational Therapy, but I am unsure where the best places are for me to gain experience, does anyone have any advice or recommendations.
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Any voluntary work can be appropriate, as long as it shows the application tutors that you are caring and have the transferrable skills required to be an OT. Don't feel disappointed if you can't find anything directly related to OT, the universities are aware of how hard it is to get any experience in healthcare.

You might want to contact local care homes, elderly day care centres, elderly community groups, alzheimers/dementia charities. Some further afield may reimburse your travel costs. As an OT, a vast amount of the work you do will be with older people, so any experience working with them would be beneficial. It would also be worth looking into learning disability and mental health options, so it's worth contacting any support groups or day centres you can find. If organisations aren't taking on volunteers, ask if you could come in for a week or two for work experience or just to observe.
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