Iris House Children's Hospice
Our mission is to provide holistic, loving, professional, free community and Hospice based respite, overnight and end of life care for special needs children with life threatening illness and or life limiting conditions in the Western Cape. We also provide holistic support for their families. We train our care team to a high standard and continually strive to train parents on ways to improve their child’s quality of life. We promote the concept that every life is a gift and valuable no matter how short that life maybe.
To be a responsive and innovative organisation that puts life limited and life threatened children, young people and their families first in all of our services, whilst embracing the diversity of our regional community and demonstrating integrity in everything we do.
We believe ...
- Every child is worthy of love, care and to feel safe, wanted and affirmed throughout their lifetime.
- Every child should be given the opportunities and help to achieve their full potential.
- Every family has the right to regular respite “relief” care.
- Families of special needs children should be empowered to improve their lives and that of their child.
- Every child should grow up in the most homely enviroment possible.
- Special needs children should not be discriminated against or segregated
- Every dying baby or child should be loved and cherished and die loved and with dignity.
Our care service is based around the needs of the whole family. We want to make a real difference to families who find themselves in unimaginable circumstances. Helping them live life to the full by providing opportunities for fun and laughter, as well as helping them through the tougher times.
Formed in June 2011, Iris House Children’s Hospice originally supported 12 families with community based care and family support. We now support over 450 children and their families with community and hospice based respite care. We have developed year round family support programs with support groups, family outings and treats. Our services have also extended to various therapies, including equine therapy, massage, body talk, surfing and participation in sensory story telling “Imagination Station” A new addition to our services is Puppy Love Doggy Day Care – Protective Workshop opening 4th May 2018 where we aim to provide stimulation and skills training for special needs adults in a safe and loving environment. Our next project also on the grounds of Stikland Estate (very early days ) is to take over the old Chere Botha School building and grounds to open an autism centre of excellence.
Hours of Community Care Delivered 28 Feb 2017 - 1March 2018
Hours of Hospice Care Delivered 28 Feb 2017 - 1March 2018
Sue van der Linde
Founder - Chairman
Victor de Kock
Sue and Alfred the Therapy Dog
Care Team Leader
Groom - Estate Assistant
Nurse / Hospice Manager
Ashley van Heerden
Equine Behaviour Trainer
ZOLEKA SYLVIA JAMANGILE
Care Team Leader
Thantaswa Portia Mandoyi
Elizabeth Anne Sykes
Zoleka Sylvia Jamangile
Dambisa Cynthia Rotyi
Caronicia Jesmine Hanekom
Juliana Pinkie Manyengavana
Chantel Binnedette Smith
Linda de Waal
Zoliswa Alicia Jama