Iris House Children's Hospice
At Iris House Children’s Hospice, our mission is rooted in our unwavering belief that every child is worthy of love, care, and a life defined by safety and affirmation. We strive to create a compassionate and supportive community that extends holistic, loving, and professional respite care, as well as end-of-life care for special needs children and young adults facing life-threatening and life-limiting conditions in the Western Cape.
Our commitment goes beyond the individual, encompassing the entire family. We provide holistic therapies and comprehensive support, recognizing that the well-being of each family member is integral to the overall quality of life.
In tandem with our values, Iris House actively promotes a zero-tolerance policy against Gender-Based Violence and discrimination. We stand united against any form of abuse,
In alignment with our values, we passionately advocate for the rights of special needs children and young adults across the province, championing their inclusion and dignity.
Furthermore, Iris House is dedicated to creating employment opportunities for our parents and young adults, fostering an environment where families can thrive. We prioritize the continuous training of our care team, parents, foster, and safety parents, SAPS Officers, First Responders and Social Workers to the highest standards. Through education and empowerment, we strive to enhance the quality of life for every special needs child under our care.
Our mission is a testament to our belief that, with love, care, and unwavering support, every child can lead a life filled with dignity, joy, and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from the shadows of Gender-Based Violence and discrimination.
At Iris House Children’s Hospice, our values serve as the guiding principles that shape our identity and define the essence of who we are.
We are steadfast in our commitment to be a responsive and innovative organization, placing life-limited and life-threatened children, young people, and their families at the forefront of all our services.
Our values reflect the heart and soul of our organization:
Families First: Every decision, action, and service is centred around the well-being and needs of our life-limited and life-threatened children, young people, and their families.
Responsive: We are committed to being agile and attuned to the evolving needs of those we serve, ensuring that our responses are timely, empathetic, and tailored to individual circumstances.
Professionally: Conducting ourselves with the utmost professionalism is non-negotiable. We approach every interaction, task, and responsibility with a high standard of professionalism, fostering trust and reliability.
Innovative: Embracing a spirit of innovation, we continually seek creative and effective solutions to enhance the quality of care and support we provide to our community.
Diversity: We celebrate the richness of our regional community by embracing diversity in all its forms, recognizing the unique strengths and perspectives each individual brings to our organization.
Compassion: Compassion is the beating heart of Iris House. We approach our work with empathy, kindness, and a deep understanding of the challenges our families face.
Integrity: Demonstrating integrity is foundational to our existence. We uphold the highest ethical standards, ensuring transparency, honesty, and accountability in everything we do.
We believe ...
Every child is inherently worthy of love, care, and the assurance of feeling safe, wanted, and affirmed throughout their entire lifetime.
Every child, irrespective of their unique needs, deserves ample opportunities and support to unfold their full potential, fostering a future filled with promise and accomplishment.
Every family holds the fundamental right to regular respite “relief” care, ensuring that they can navigate the challenges of caregiving with the necessary support and rejuvenation.
Families of special needs children should not only receive assistance but be empowered with the tools to enhance their lives and nurture the flourishing potential of their child.
Every child deserves to grow up in the most homely environment possible, surrounded by warmth, understanding, and the embrace of a caring community.
Special needs children should be embraced without discrimination or segregation, promoting an inclusive society that values and celebrates diversity.
In addition to our core beliefs, we hold steadfast in the conviction that training for role players supporting disabled women and children, particularly victims of Gender-Based Violence and discrimination, is essential.
Finally, we assert that every dying baby or child deserves to be loved, cherished, and provided with the utmost dignity in their final moments, ensuring a compassionate and serene departure.
In our unwavering commitment to enhancing lives, Iris House extends its vision to encompass a broader spectrum of care and advocacy. Alongside providing free, quality respite care, autism training, therapies, and comprehensive support for special needs children and young adults, we aspire to play a pivotal role in the Western Cape’s disability program.
As an integral part of this vision, Iris House envisions initiating training programs for role players supporting disabled women and children, particularly victims of Gender-Based Violence and discrimination. Our goal is to equip these professionals with essential communication techniques and sensitivity training, fostering an environment of understanding and compassion.
Our holistic approach strives to uplift not only the lives of special needs children but also their families. From medical training to workshops, employment opportunities, and practical and emotional support, Iris House aims to be a beacon of comprehensive care, ensuring that every aspect of their well-being is addressed.
As a child protection agency, Iris House is resolute in its commitment to providing training to foster and safety parents of special needs children. Moreover, advocacy for the rights of special needs children across the province remains at the forefront of our mission, amplifying their voices and championing their rights.
Join us on this transformative journey where care meets advocacy, and together, we pave the way for a more inclusive and empathetic future for special needs individuals across the Western Cape.
Nurturing Hope and Transforming Lives
In June 2011, Iris House Children’s Hospice embarked on a heartfelt mission to provide compassionate support to families in need. What began as assistance for 12 families through community-based care and family support has evolved into a beacon of hope for over 680 children and their families, offering both community and hospice-based respite care.
Our commitment to holistic care led us to develop year-round family support programs, incorporating support groups, family outings, and special treats to create a nurturing environment. Over the years, our services have expanded to encompass various therapeutic interventions, including equine therapy, massage, body talk, aqua therapy, surfing, and participation in sensory storytelling through “Imagination Station.”
A noteworthy addition to our services is the Doggy Day Care – Adult Protective Workshop, a space designed to provide stimulation and skills training for special needs adults. Our goal is to foster a safe and loving environment, aiming to equip them with skills for mainstream employment.
As a recognized Child Protection Agency, we are dedicated to training safety and foster parents, empowering them to care for special needs children at risk.
In alignment with our commitment to social impact, our Gender-Based Violence and Discrimination (GBVF) project strives to establish All Ability Victim Support Units at SAPS stations. Additionally, we provide training for SAPS officers and professionals involved in assisting women and children with disabilities who are victims of GBVF, focusing on enhancing communication skills and fostering a supportive environment.
In our continuous commitment to comprehensive care, we are proud to introduce our Palliative Care team, a new service designed to provide comfort, dignity, and support to both children and their families facing life-limiting conditions.
In 2023, we expanded our reach by rolling out community-based respite care in two more provinces, The Northern Cape and Mpumalanga. This expansion included comprehensive training for supervisors and caregivers, ensuring that our commitment to quality care extends far beyond geographical boundaries.
Our journey is not just a story; it’s a testament to the resilience, compassion, and unwavering commitment to nurturing hope and transforming lives.
Number of Community Care Services Delivered 28 FEB 2022 - 1 MARCH 2023
HOSPICE SESSIONS DELIVERED 28 FEB 2022 - 1 MARCH 2023
Hours of Therapy Delivered 28 Feb 2022 - 1 MARCH 2023
Number of Parents Trained 28 Feb 2022 - 1 MARCH 2023
Number of Social Work Interventions 28 Feb 2022 - 1 MARCH 2023
Number of essential packs to families 8 Feb 2022 - 1 MARCH 2023
Number of SAPS Officers / First Responders Trained Feb 2022 - 1 MARCH 2023
Number of Safety/Foster Parents Trained Feb 2022 - 1 MARCH 2023
Sue van der Linde
Founder - Chairman
Victor de Kock
Sue and Alfred the Therapy Dog
Sue van der Linde
Receptionist - PA
Nurse / Hospice Manager
Care Team Leader
Care Team Leader
Care Team Leader
Aux Social Worker
Groom - Estate Assistant
Equine Behaviour Trainer
Care Team Leader
Zoleka Sylvia Jamangile
Care Team Leader
Awongiwe Mbola Carer of the year 2018
Auxilia Lydia Changwereza
CARONICIA JESMINE HANEKOM
Elizabeth Anne Sykes