Contributing time and talent

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Durbanville Children’s Home! They are indispensable for the implementation of all the Home’s programmes in order to ensure the best possible care for the children.

Volunteers work under staff supervision and are involved in all programmes such as:

  • Management
  • Administration
  • Childcare
  • Logistics
  • Therapy
  • Fundraising

At the moment we have a big need in volunteers to assist the children with homework.

The first step for anyone wanting to become involved in our volunteer programme is to attend one of our compulsory information sessions held on the last Tuesday of every month except December. The information sessions begin at 18:30 until 19:30 ( optional tea and coffee afterwards ) at the Durbanville Children’s Home, and all aspects of our volunteer programme are discussed. We also hand out application forms and we explain the various processes and procedures that follow. Unfortunately it is not possible to obtain an application form in any other way – you have to please attend an information session first.

The following documents are required when applying to be part of our volunteer programme:

  • Completed application form ( handed out at info sessions only )with three contactable references
  • A certified copy of your ID
  • A valid police clearance certificate.

We have a separate recruitment process for international volunteers. Please contact the volunteer manager directly for more information.

Frequently asked questions regarding volunteering:

  • Why is it necessary to obtain a police clearance certificate?

If you are interested in working with children, please know that before you begin working as a volunteer you will need to hand in a valid police clearance certificate along with your other application documents. Police clearance certificates are a legal requirement of the South African Child Care Act and must be adhered to. These certificates are essential in ensuring the safety of our children, which is our priority at all times.

  • How do I obtain a police clearance certificate?

Applying for and obtaining a police clearance certificate is the responsibility of the individual. You can apply at most police stations. Durbanville Police Station is also able to assist you with your application. The certificate costs R96 and takes approximately six weeks to process. The police station will require your ID document and your fingerprints will be taken.

  • How do I find out more about volunteering opportunities?

Please attend one of our monthly information sessions on the last Tuesday of every month at the Children’s Home (except December) from 18:30 – 19:30. All aspects of our Home and volunteer programme will be explained to you. This is also the first (compulsory) step to becoming part of our volunteer programme.