Joy Titus, a tenant from Bothasig Gardens is currently completing a FET Certificate in Social Auxiliary Work and hopes the qualification opens more doors for her to make an impact in the social development space.

The opportunity to further her studies is funded through Vulamathuba Empumelelo’s Economic Mobility programme.

“I am very thankful to Vulamathuba Empumelelo for allowing me an opportunity to grow and excel.”

Joy currently works for an organisation that provides rehabilitation services to people who struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. In her spare time she also supports her community with social projects including a food outreach initiative.

“Working with the community has always been my passion,” she explained.

While going about her rehabilitation work, she realised that seeing a transformation in the lives of the affected individuals brought her great fulfilment. This compelled her to consider a qualification in Social Auxiliary Work. She believed that completing the course would not only be helpful to the beneficiaries she worked with but it would also allow her to grow from an intrapersonal point of view.

As a wife and a mother to two children, she said her “heart is always concerned about creating change; creating a positive environment for children”.

Secondary to this she is passionate about the rights of women, saying:

Women and girls are one of the most powerful forces for change globally. When their rights are recognised, their needs are met, and their voices are heard, they drive positive change in families and communities”.

Upon completion of the qualification, Joy will receive an accredited certificate and will be able to register with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) as a qualified Social Auxiliary Worker.