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About Us

After returning from eight years in the UK. Sue van der Linde came home to South Africa with a mission. During her time in England, Sue had worked with Julia’s House in Dorset where she trained and worked as a carer. Her passion for Special Needs Children and the knowledge she gained with Julia’s House provided the inspiration needed to open her own version of this service in Cape Town. In May of 2011 Iris House Children’s Hospice was formed . At the end of 2011 Iris House had 12 registered families, very little support and only two volunteers. However great things come from small beginnings …

 

After returning from eight years in the UK. Sue van der Linde came home to South Africa with a mission. During her time in England, Sue had worked with Julia’s House in Dorset where she trained and worked as a carer. Her passion for Special Needs Children and the knowledge she gained with Julia’s House provided the inspiration needed to open her own version of this service in Cape Town. In May of 2011 Iris House Children’s Hospice was formed . At the end of 2011 Iris House had 12 registered families, very little support and only two volunteers. However great things come from small beginnings …

 

 

 

 

 

2012 saw Iris House grow not only in size but also in credibility. The care team grew to 12 carers, and families to 27. Significant events included meeting Premier Helen Zille resulting in Iris House been awarded their first grant from the Department of Social Development. The first Iris House annual Ball, development of the in house Care Team training program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 was an outstanding year for Iris House. The number of registered families surged to 93. Iris House was again awarded a grant from the DSD and were also selected as part of the Premiers pilot project in Mfuleni and Vredenburg to identify and support family’s with Special Needs Children and disabled family members. We received our PBO and NPO numbers (essential to corporate fundraising) and held our first family market day at Nitida Wine Farm.  Our founder and Chairman Sue was honoured by the Sunday Times and Johnny Walker, making the finals of the nation’s greatest awards in October.

 

 

 

2014 saw Iris House grow from strength to strength. We established hubs in Vredenburg, Mfuleni and Khayelitsha. Our care team continued to grow and our training program received a huge boost with sponsorship from Grand Slots.  A bid was submitted end of 2014 for a building on the grounds of Stikland. Iris House was on the map.

January 2015 saw Iris House embark on it’s most ambitious project to date, the renovations of the Hospice grounds and building. Phase One “Day Care” was officially opened by Premier Helen Zille on the 14th of April 2015. The Ball in August was our most successful to date, we also were donated the funds to purchase a brand new seven seater people carrier. Our Stables were sponsored by Rotary Claremont and our sensory room fitted out by Rotary Oostenberg. The year concluded with our AGM and two new board members joining our team.

 

 

2016 Saw so many improvements at our hospice, we worked hard to achieve our Health licence for day and overnight care. The emphasis for the year was on upgrading what was till then a very basic hospice layout. Due to the generosity of our sponsors and the public support we received we were able to replace and upgrade our hospice grounds and building. We also due to the kindness of Craig Caper at our 2015 Ball were now able to collect children from Mfuleni and Kyahlitsha with our own 7 seater vehicle. There were changes in the permanent staff with sad farewells and many new faces joining us. We focused on formalising our care structure in the community and trained many new carers, we also upgraded our policies and procedures and formalised our hospice sessions. Above all we were able to spoil our families with many special events at the hospice