Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide loving, professional, free community based care for special needs children with life threatening illness or life limiting conditions.


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Iris House has three main projects. Our Hospice - Creation of a Safe House and Creation of a carer training centre

Who We Are

Iris House Children’s Hospice is made up of a small but dedicated team of volunteers,  full and part time carers, fundraisers and administrative staff.

We are a vibrant, “hands on”  charity committed to enriching the quality of life for Special Needs children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and providing support for their families.

We are based in Cape Town’s Northern suburbs where we provide quality care in our children’s homes. We currently provide community based care in the Northern suburbs, Mfuleni, Cross Roads, Khayelitsha and Vredenburg.

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Our History

2011 –

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 –

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 –

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) Our founder and Chairman Sue was honored by the Sunday Times and Johnny Walker, making the finals of the nation’s greatest awards in October.

2014 –

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 …

2015 –

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 –

Job Opportunities

Social Worker.

We are currently looking for a qualified social worker to be based in the Northern Suburbs and Mfuleni. We are also looking for a registered nurse to work at our Hospice in Stikland.

  • Social Worker
  • Aux Social Worker
  • Nurse
  • Care Team Members

Contact us to enquire.

Our Team

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