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As the needs of children in the Western Cape grow steadily, our task of recruiting, preparing and informing more volunteers from the community grows increasingly urgent. We realise that the needs of these children cannot be met by social workers alone, and that the assistance and dedication of volunteers who will act as our eyes, ears and hands “on the ground” is vital.

Therefore, we encourage as many lay people as possible to take up the challenge to become involved in the care and protection of our children. It is not necessary for volunteers to offer large amounts of time; even an hour a week, or a set period during holiday times, will be welcomed and valued.

There is a vast range of activities with which volunteers can assist, ranging from direct involvement with children, to assisting with administration and practical tasks. No contribution is too small or insignificant and we believe that every individual has a valuable contribution to make.

A variety of volunteers are needed to:

  • Care for children (for adoption, foster care and emergency parents);

  • Monitor the care of children;

  • Participate in or provide training in areas such as Child abuse, HIV/AIDS and Job Skills;

  • Educare / Early Learning Development training;

  • Support families, e.g. those with respite care or child-headed households;

  • Assist with Fundraising and Marketing, e.g. special events;

  • Provide transport, e.g. take children to hospital;

  • Assist with our second-hand clothing store, e.g. sort, wash, repair clothing;

  • Help trace birth parents and children;

  • Assist children with homework;

  • Provide after-school care in identified areas;

  • Assist at our 24/7 call centre;

The basic training process includes:

  • Overview of Cape Town Child Welfare;

  • Allocation procedures and the needs of each volunteer team;

  • Rights and responsibilities of the Child;

  • The Child Care Act;

  • Guiding principles of a volunteer (confidentiality, honesty, trust, respect, discipline and reliability);

  • Basic child safety and health;

  • Dealing with basic accidents;


  • Roles (Social worker/social auxillary worker/volunteer)


Recruitment drives are advertised via the media in order to encourage any prospective volunteers to attend orientation, information and preparation meetings. Prospective volunteers are required to bring along their identity documents, Driver's License and details of two contactable referees.

For more information contact Ina Vermeulen at +27 21 638 3127 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please click here to fill in the Volunteer Form