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:

• Administration
• Logistics


We are currently ONLY recruiting volunteers for Homework and Driving.

Becoming a volunteer

The first step for anyone wanting to become involved in our volunteer programme is to attend one of our compulsory information sessions held every month except November and December. The information sessions begin at 18:30 (optional tea and coffee afterwards) at the Durbanville Children’s Home, and all aspects of our volunteer programme are discussed.

For information session dates, please email volunteer@dchome.org.za

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 with three contactable references
    (forms are exclusively handed out at info sessions)
  • 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.


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 along with your other application documents. Police clearance are a legal requirement of the South African Child Care Act and must be adhered to. These 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 cost is R130 and takes approximately six weeks to process. The police station will require your ID document and your fingerprints will be taken. (You can also make an appointment with the volunteer department that has access to the Police and can do police clearance on the grounds of Durbanville children’s home. We strictly work according to appointments in this regards so please contact the volunteer department to arrange an appointment. The cost is R130 and you will need to bring your valid ID document) Your report will be received within 48 working hours.

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 November and December) from 18:30. 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.


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