Christine Revel Home

Brief description and main aims
Christine Revel Home is Non-Profit organisation which houses abandoned and abused children who are referred from Dept Social Development and other NGO’s for short term placement. There are currently 49 children from newborn to 6yrs of age who are cared for by 21 full time staff members.

The main focus of the project is to place children back into the care of the biological parents after review by the social worker, or be placed in the care of the grandparent, alternate family member, foster care or if possible, adoption. www.crch.co.za

Main Activities
The Home also runs a crèche (kindergarten) called Little Star Educare which is operated by 3 staff members for three age groups.
Volunteer tasks
General Staff Support Volunteer:
  • Taking children to clinic and hospital appointments.
  • Assist in day outings where the need arises.
  • Assist with bathing and feeding.
  • Take children on nature / fresh air walks.
  • Assist in after school program for older children in small group activities.
  • Assist staff where needed.
Volunteer requirements / Skills
  • Administrative skills
  • English language
  • Self motivated & Creative
  • Ability to communicate with young children
  • Be hands on with the children and flexible
  • Have a passion for working with vulnerable children.
Location
Athlone, Cape Town.
Project is situated in what is called the Cape Flats which gets it’s name from the flat sandy stretch of land located in the outskirts of Cape Town Central. Residence of the area are predominantly of mixed race decent which is formally referred to as ‘coloured” as specified by the previous Apartheid regime.
Hosting Situation (Board & Lodging)
Host family accommodation in Athlone or surrounding areas. Volunteers will use public transport (bus or mini-bus taxi) to and from work placement.
Additional info
  • This placement is appropriate for Short Term or  Long Term volunteering.
  • Volunteers need to be flexible, be able to actively connect to children and also to assist with household and administrative duties.
  • THIS WILL NOT SUIT VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE REQUIRING A HIGHLY SKILLED PLACEMENT. ALSO WILL BE TRAUMATIC FOR VOLUNTEERS WHO GROW ATTACHED TO YOUNG CHILDREN VERY QUICKLY.
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