We host approximately 100 volunteers who take turns visiting the wards and clinics. Through reading to and playing with the young patients, FOCHA volunteers comfort them and shower them with attention and love.

Volunteerism is the foundation on which The Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association was built. Volunteers within the organization compassionately and generously donate their talent, time, skills and experience to FOCHA, thus strengthening and supporting us in providing a needs-based service to the patients and their families attending the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

What is a volunteer?

A volunteer is a person who willingly does an assignment of work that needs to be done within the structure of The Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association, without pay and without it being compulsory to do so. Volunteers make an important contribution to the success of the organization.

Volunteerism mandate

The mandate of the program is to ensure visibility at all times and offer needs-based support. All volunteers undergo a screening and orientation session before commencing duty with the hospital. Volunteers generally commit to one day per week, between the hours 9h00 – 12h00, these hours are extended to an afternoon session which runs from 14h00 – 16h00.

Our volunteers are divided into three categories i.e.:

- Local volunteers

- International volunteers

- Student volunteers. (School, college & university). School students are required to job-shadow, college students are required to fulfill a certain amount of hours volunteering, and university students want to get the “feel” of a medical facility.

The Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association assumes a supervisory role to volunteers placed as a form of quality assurance of the service they provide.

Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

- In the wards interacting with our patients through play or being a ward assistant.

- Initiating Fundraising Events

- Assisting with the Organisation’s events.

- General administration duties, example reception, filing, correspondence etc

Volunteer Programm

The mandate of the programme is to ensure visibility at all times and offer needs-based support . The focus of the programme is to provide:

Interaction with patients through appropriate play, reading, and other interactive activities.

Appropriate support  to departments as needed. Department including Pharmacy, Medical records, Finance and The Friend's Fundraising Shop.

Involvement in activities regarding fundraising initiatives as well as events which are both internal/ external. 

How do you become a volunteer?

Download the application form here or alternatively collect a form at our reception area.

Supply us with all the additional documentation as per the application form.

Return the completed application to us via the contact details below or drop your completed application form off at our reception area.

We will then screen your application, after which we will call you in for an interview.

Should your application be successful, we will then register you onto our programme.


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