Step 1

Become a Volunteer

Heartlands offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, we utilize the passion and dedication of our volunteers to help make a difference in the lives of little babies and children. In addition to working with the children volunteering assistance is also needed on such programmes as maintenance, cooking, reception, administration, transport, book shop and charity shop, fundraising etc.

We are also able to facilitate international volunteers – arrangements are done via external volunteer agencies. If you are interested in becoming a local volunteer you are welcome to attend one of our information sessions. The date of the next session will be announced on this website and on Heartlands Facebook page.

Step 2

Requirements

You do not need specific qualifications or expertise to apply. To volunteer at Heartlands, the following characteristics are needed:

A love of children, regardless of their  race, health, gender or handicap;
An ability to put a child’s needs first;
Honesty and Integrity;
The ability to make a commitment of 2  hours per week for 12 months;
Older than 18 years
The ability to work as part of a team.
Agree to follow the guidelines, policies  and procedures as laid down by the  Organisation.

Further documentation needed:
A Police Clearance Certificates which  can be obtained from your local police  station.
Two Certified copies of your ID
Filled out application form (you will  receive this during the intake session: See Step 3)
Name clearance on the National Child  Protection Register – this will be  clarified during the information session.

If you want to become a volunteer but don’t want to work with the children or younger than 18 years you are welcome to get involved with the other volunteer opportunities like, community service, support services, fundraising, etc.

Step 3

Attend Compulsory Volunteer Information Session

When you have decided to become a volunteer you first have to attend the Compulsory Volunteer Information Session. Heartlands usually have 3 to 4 Volunteer Information Sessions per year. The date of the Volunteer Information Session will be announced on our website as well as on our Heartlands Facebook page. No persons will be able to become a volunteer unless he or she has attended a Volunteer Information Session. After the Volunteer Information Session you will be required to complete an application form which you need to send to the social worker who is the volunteer coordinator.

VOLUNTEER INTAKE: 13 August 2018 @18:00
VOLUNTEER TRAINING: 27 August 2018 @18:00

Step 4

Screening and Training

After the volunteer coordinator has received your application form and the required documentation you will have to undergo a screening and training session before commencing duty with Heartlands. This will be arranged by the volunteer coordinator. Should you need any more information e-mail the volunteer coordinator Eunice Pretorius at sw@heartlandsbaby.org

Because Hospice has mainly babies and toddlers, volunteers generally do the following tasks:

Giving children individual attention and stimulation  activities (e.g. playing, reading or telling stories, building  puzzles, etc.);
Bathing and dressing
Feeding
TLC and cuddling (babies)
Bonding
Accompanying staff and children on trips (hospital  visits, group outings)
Helping when there are staff shortages
Help with tasks that staff are unable to complete (i.e.  spring-cleaning)
Any other ad hoc tasks as requested by section  Manager/ Volunteer Co-ordinator

What do volunteers do in Fund Development?

Fundraising events can be organized and promoted in conjunction with Heartlands Fundraiser.

Volunteers help with:

Basic maintenance of the building and equipment
Do basic needlework like making towels into facecloths
Reception duties
Administration
Transport of children or fetching files/ medication at  hospital
Assist in book shop and charity shop

What do International Volunteers Do?

We are also able to facilitate international volunteers – arrangements are done via external volunteer agencies.

Most of the international volunteers prefer to be involved with the babies and toddlers, but they could also get involved with the other departments, like the fundraising department, administration, Chic Boutique shop, coffee shop and book shop.

If the international volunteers are involved with the Hospice they will generally do the following tasks:

Giving children individual attention and stimulation activities (e.g.  playing, reading or telling stories, building puzzles, etc.);
Bathing and dressing;
Feeding;
TLC and cuddling (babies)
Bonding
Accompanying staff and children on trips (hospital visits, group outings)
Helping when there are staff shortages;
Help with tasks that staff are unable to complete (i.e. spring-cleaning);
Any other ad hoc tasks as requested by section Manager/ Volunteer
 Co-ordinator

Should you need any more information e-mail the volunteer coordinator Eunice Pretorius at sw@heartlandsbaby.org