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:

  • Management
  • Administration
  • 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
  • Logistics
  • Fundraising

The first step is to make an appointment with the Volunteer Manager by emailing marketing@andrewmurray.org.za or call us at 021 873 3834.

The second step is to complete an application form

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

  1. Completed application form (including references)
  2. A certified copy of your ID
  3. 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:

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.

Holiday Friends Programmes

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.

Download the complete Holiday Friend Program information: HOLIDAY FRIEND PROGRAM

Pleas contact the Volunteer Manager by emailing marketing@andrewmurray.org.za or call us at 021 873 3834



Needs List


Toothpaste + tooth flush

Deodorant (boys & girls)

“Roll-on” (boys & girls)

Shampoo + conditioner

Hand cream

Body powder

Face cloths

Hair brush


Tooth brush

Hair elastic (black, navy, white)


Disposal nappies nr 4 / 5 / 6

Sanitary pads

Disposable shavers

Nail brush/clippers

Toilet bags

Shaving cream -boys

After shave

Body cream (boys & girls)

“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



House Andrew Murray Children’s Home cares for 155 children. We only receive partial funding from the Department of Social Development: Western Cape, and are therefore dependent upon the generosity of the general public for the continuation of our service delivery to vulnerable and abused children. On top of that we have running costs, maintenance costs and many projects to help our children that we need funds for.