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Spotlight on Safe House Volunteers

As a non-profit organisation that relies heavily on community involvement we are always grateful for volunteers who come and assist us by giving us their time. You’d be surprised to see how much good a crafting, cooking or baking group activity can do to lift the spirits of the downtrodden. Some volunteers also arrange outings for the women and their children, which is always a treat.

If you are thinking of becoming a volunteer, click here, and read what two of our very involved volunteers have to say about their experience at Safe House.

Carloien Zietsman

Carolien is a housewife who leads group craft projects and general skills training once a week for two hours. She has been volunteering at Safe House for the last six years.

Q: How did you find out about Safe House?

A: Eiekestad News (Local News Paper)

Q: What motivates you to be volunteer?

A: Creativity brings me joy and sharing it doubles the pleasure.

Safe House Stellenbosch Volunteers


Q: What have you learned from your experience at Safe House?  

A: People need a place of safety when life gives them a blow. Here they can recuperate, get training and skills development and therapy, enabling them to enter society stronger.  

Q: What has been one of your most memorable moments at Safe House?  

A: After a few sessions of crafts people start believing in themselves, see beauty in creativity, try things they have never imagined doing and loving it.  The trauma of abuse dims the light in their eyes and I have witnessed a few lights coming back on during my years as a volunteer. Smiles appeared after they were sure they cannot do it. Being part of that growth and accomplishment made me realize everyone can make a difference with their talents and contributions.  Seeing the change in a person is the bet reward anyone can ask for.


Q: What’s on the top of your wishlist for Safe House? 

A:  1.The perfect house would be a room for each individual. 2. Courses for free education. 3. Sport clubs giving them free entrance.

Carolien says, The people working here all very dedicated.  They are my heroes. I do suffer when kids come in and pray when they go out, that their moms can cope with the demands of the outside world.  My wish for them is a place where they can go, like a clubhouse to help them with day to day problems.”


Lucille Roos

Lucille started volunteering at Safe House in June this year (2016). She visits once a week (sometimes with her daughter) and assists with the skills training by teaching cooking, baking or an art form.

V: Hoe het jy betrokke geraak?

A: Ek wou graag iewers in die gemeenskap betrokke raak by vroue waar ek ‘n klein verskil kan maak. Ek het by Lee Rossouw gehoor van die Safe House en weer op Facebook gesien dat hulle vrywilligers nodig het. Daarna het ek hulle gekontak en betrokke geraak.

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V: Wat het jy sover geleer iut jou ervaaring hier?

A: Ek het ontsettend baie geleer uit die ervaring. Hier kan n mens in ‘n goed georganisserde opset deur iets kleins te doen n verskil maak in vroue met baie seer in hulle lewe. Hulle is so dankbaar vir kleinste iets en werk so lekker saam. Ek het voorheen groepwerk gedoen maar dit nog nooit so positief beleef nie. Al die personeel is so positief en behulpsaam en maak dat die ervaring altyd baie lekker is. Ek leer elke keer iets by die vroutens, al is dit net om dankbaar te wees vir my eie huislike omstandighede en veiligheid asook my voorreg om n vrou te wees.

V: Beskryf ‘n ontvergeetlike oomblik wat jy hier ervaar het?

A: Die oomblik wanneer daar begin lig kom in daardie vroue se oe,wanneer hulle hul koppe oplig na n week daar en net begin spontaan begin deelneem aan enige iets wat jy doen. Hulle dankbaarheid is ook baie besonders! Al die personeel se hulp en positiwiteit is ook baie inspirerend. Ek dink net die hele warm en veilige , liefdevolle omgewing wat hulle daar skep is ongelooflik!

V: Watter dinge is bo op jou “wishlist” vir Safe House?

A:  1. ‘n Nuwe eetkamertafel 2. ‘n Radio/cdspeler en 3. Nog baie vrywilligers wat daar betrokke kan raak!

Lucille says…“Baie dankie vir die geleentheid om n verskil te maak in ons dorp!Dankie vir Safe House – al julle harde werk en goeie ingesteldheid.dis absoluut aansteeklik!Mag die Here julle goeie werk ryklik seen.”

Safe House Stellenbosch is  place of safety for women who need to escape domestic violence. If you know of anyone in need, please click here.

To support our cause with a small donation every month, why not become a Friend of Safe House? Click here for more information. Every R1 makes a difference to us.


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