Lawrence House
Lawrence House is a child and youth care centre registered with the Department of Social Development. The house is based in Woodstock and can accommodate up to 25 children and youth. We specialise in the care and protection of unaccompanied foreign minors and refugee children, as well as of children who have experienced trauma.
In line with the requirements of the Children’s Act, Lawrence House offers a variety of programmes to address all beneficiaries’ needs, both from a therapeutic and developmental perspective. To address specific needs arising from the children and youth’ documentation status, Lawrence House partners with the Scalabrini Centre advocacy team as well as other stakeholders.
  • To provide developmental and therapeutic programmes that meet the needs of children and youth displaying psychological, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • Equip children and youth with the skills and competencies to manage themselves and reintegrate back into society.
  • To meet the special care and protection needs of separated refugee children and unaccompanied foreign minors.
What we do
Lawrence House aims at providing a safe and caring environment where children and youth displaying psychological, emotional and behavioural challenges can embark on journeys of healing and recovery. The goal is for these young people to become equipped with the necessary skills and competencies to manage themselves and to successfully reintegrate in society.
Core interventions centre around the topics of identity, sense of belonging and self-discovery as central aspects of a healing and growth journey. Learning routines, adapting to a structured environment and setting scholastic goals are other essential aspects. Finally a dedicated programme aims at ensuring a successful transition from institutionalised living to independence.
Lawrence House is dedicated to upholding the best interest of separated refugee children and unaccompanied minors and to promoting the understanding of their plight. This is achieved by combining care and protection services with a much needed advocacy agenda to bring about meaningful change for all foreign displaced children in South Africa. Lawrence House continues to at the forefront of creating new programmatic responses to the growing complexity of needs young people in institutionalized care display.
Lawrence House is not just a home for those in need; it is a crossway for many children, youth, families and volunteers that have crossed paths in Lawrence House over the years.
Fred lived at Lawrence House. Read about his story here.
Ashalina also lived at Lawrence House. Read about her story here here.
Romina is the senior child and youth care worker at Lawrence House. Read her story here.
Kelly is a former volunteer and current donor to Lawrence House. Read her story here.
Get Involved
Lawrence House needs the support of many to run its programmes and activities and to best responds to everybody’s needs. We are in regular need of tutors, mentors, child and youth care worker interns, host families and cooking volunteers. Or if you have a special skill you believe can benefit the children and youth at Lawrence House – contact us!
Our requirements are:
  • Minimum commitment of 3 months
  • Minimum volunteering age of 23
  • Copy of ID
  • Police clearance or affidavit stating that prospective volunteer has committed no crimes
  • Signing of volunteer contract and code of conduct
Wish list 2018
A big family like Lawrence House has an ongoing need of the following items:
  • Toiletries (soap, toothpaste/brush, roll-on/spray, lotion, shampoo)
  • Stationary (Exam pads, hardcover books (96, 192, 288 pages) pens, cookies, etc)
  • Cleaning items (washing powder, dish washer, all-purpose cleaner, bleach)
  • None-perishable food items (peanut butter, long-life milk, baked beans, tuna, etc)
  • Second hand clothing for boys and girls in good condition
Then we have more specific needs that relate to our activities and programmes and requests made by Lawrence House kids and youth:
  • Reading books to update our libraries
  • DVDs (age appropriate movies)
  • Outdoor equipment such as soccer/basketballs, badminton racket, skates
  • Anything for our gym (weights, dumbbells, skipping ropes, yoga mats)
If you would like to volunteer, or are able to donate any of the above, please contact the Lawrence House team here or 021 448 1144.
Thank you!