Volunteers are the lifeblood of House Andrew Murray Children's Home! They are indispensable for the implementation in 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:
- Professional Services (childcare, therapy, after-school programmes)
- After-school classes e.g. maths, science, accountancy and subjects according to the children's needs
- Reading and language for younger children
- Arts & craft programmes
- Recycle programmes
- Vegetable garden programmes
- Sports programmes
- Spiritual programmes
- Recreational/youth development camps and programmes
- Leadership and development programmes
- Needlework for girls
- Youth development programmes
- Therapeutic and development programmes
The first step is to make an appointment with the Volunteer Manager. The second step is to complete an application form.
The following documents are required when applying to be part of our volunteer programme:
- Completed application form (including references)
- A certified copy of you 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 certificate are a legal requirement of the South Africa Child Care 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. Wellington 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 you fingerprints will be taken.
How do I find out more about volunteering opportunities?
Please contact our Volunteer Manager for an appointment.
Some of our children are lucky enough to be able to return to their family homes. We always give preference to placements at biological parents. There is however another few of our children who are looking forward toward experiencing someone else's home for the duration of a weekend or a holiday.
Purpose of weekend and holiday parents
- To provide a home to the children who cannot go to their own parents over weekends or during holidays;
- To give the children a chance to become part of a small family unit on a part-time basis;
- To give them a chance to learn about a healthy family environment and about family responsibilities;
- To provide them with a place to socialise and help to adapt outside the CYCC environment.
HOLIDAY FRIEND PROGRAM
Please contact our Professional Services Manager at 021 873 3834 should you be interested to become a holiday parent.
- Charity Drive Kitchens - 12 houses (11 kitchens to be renovated)
- Charity Drive Vehicles (new/2nd hand vehicles):
- Toyota Quantum 2008 236 990 km
- Toyota Avanza 2009 239 409 km
- Toyota Hilux 2008 224 876 km
- Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2008 225 882 km
House Andrew Murray Children’s Home cares for 150 children. An amount of R 4 311 is needed per child per month of which the government only subsidises R 2 839. We have a shortfall of R1 472 per child per month to survive and have the following projects:
- Sponsor a child
- Sponsor a house
- Mentor & Bursary Fund
- Sports Fund
- Therapeutic Intervention Centre
- Arts & Culture
- Needs list - Downoad
- “Going away hamper” for our school leavers
At the end of the year, there will be children leaving the CYCC as their home for the past few years. Some of them grew up in the CYCC as from 2/3 years of age and are now going into the adult world with the same needs as a child from a family home. Like any parent we are sad and also excited at the thought of the big step. We believe that we have given them roots to help establish them in the world and that it is now time to give them wings to fly in pursuit of their dreams. To make this new journey just a little bit easier we would love to give each of them a “going away hamper”. This hamper is to help them with their basic needs at the exhilarating and scary time of their lives.
We want to bid them farewell with some of the following items:
- Bedding & Pillow & Blankets
- Toaster / electric pan
- Pan / pot
- Sharp knife & wooden spoon
- Dish-up spoon
- Peeler & grater
- Mixing bowl
- Laundry basket
PLEASE REPORT CHILD ABUSE
The law requires responsible adults to report suspected child abuse. It may be easier to turn your back and not interfere in something you regard as not your business. Child abuse is your business. It is the business of society as a whole and every individual in it. Still, one does not want to interfere in a situation where one can do more damage than good, so making wild accusations when uncertain of the truth may be ill-advised. We call on all reasonable and responsible adults to make a pledge to care and to act. Only by acting with common purpose will we make a difference in the lives of such children and start winning the battle against the plague of child abuse.