The 28-year-old Grant Bellairs is one of 20 people who have been selected for the Vodacom Change the World (CtW) volunteerism programme 2017/2018.
Grant will work as an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Project Manager at Community Women Action, which is a non-profit organisation in Eerste River, Cape Town. The NPO does skills development training for women and youth that come from impoverished and abusive situations. Their aim is to empower beneficiaries with the necessary skills to become self-sufficient and self-sustainable.
Grant plans to provide basic ICT training (MS Word, Powerpoint and Excel) to Women and basic/ introductory coding skills for youth. He will also assist them with online job applications and set up profiles so that they can apply for work online.
Grant graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in 2012 and has worked as a free-lance facilitator, facilitating life-skills and substance abuse programmes and camps for the City of Cape Town and the Department of Social Development.
He says what motivated him to apply for CtW was that he saw there was an alarming number of women and youth that did not have any ICT Skills and this put them at a disadvantage when looking and applying for work.
“I have been blessed enough to receive many opportunities to develop my skills. I have decided to take these skills and use them to empower others, teaching them basic computer skills and coding,” he says.