CHOC Volunteer Programmes
CHOC has always depended on the support of volunteers for both the children and their families, having started out as a volunteer-run parent support group. Due to the rapid growth of the organisation, it has been necessary to having paid professionals in the senior management team at head office and in the staff complement at regional level.
However, the core of CHOC as a voluntary parent support group remains, with our vast nationwide network of volunteers making an invaluable contribution to our organisation. This is also reflected in our Board and ExCo - several members are bereaved parents or parents of children that have survived cancer – and they serve in a voluntary capacity.
We have the following volunteer programmes:
Caregiver volunteers are mostly hospital-based and interact with children and parents through various activities. This programme runs mostly during the week and volunteers need to be available during this time.
There is a Young Adult Volunteer Programme in the Gauteng South Region that is for adults in their twenties and thirties to interact and play with children over weekends. There is also the opportunity to interact and play with children at some of our CHOC Houses.
Caregiver volunteering is subject to an intensive selection, training, orientation and supervision process and recruitment is done on a needs basis.
Arts & Crafts Programmes
In some regions arts and crafts programmes are a vailable to teach parents new practical skills such as needlework, arts and crafts, baking, etc. in the CHOC Houses. Volunteers can support existing programmes or possibly initiate such programmes in partnership with management in the regions.
Parents who have been through childhood cancer and wish to give back can volunteer to serve on a CHOC Regional Committee and offer their skills and professional expertise.
As a fundraising support volunteer, you would assist in any fundraising events, promotions and awareness programmes.
Many secondary and tertiary students are expected to complete community service. Depending on CHOC’s needs, the student’s time and commitment might be used in a variety of ways. Opportunities are limited.
Availability in the different categories of volunteering depends on the specific need of the region where you reside. Should you be interested, you are welcome to contact the regional office nearest to you for information on current volunteering needs.
You can email us about volunteering opportunities by calling 086 111 3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org