In 2016, the Emmaus Var community created a new workshop, La Fabrique, with the aim of showing off companions’ skills and creativity, and offering them training through upcycling donated furniture and objects.
How did this project come about and why?
The situation in the group:
- Companions with skills, knowledge and creativity;
- The success of traditional furniture created by Bob from recovered materials over 20 years of sales;
- Declining quality of furniture collected, too much furniture being scrapped;
- Public interest in hand-made objects from recovered materials and unique pieces.
We want to:
- offer training for companions;
- have a ‘window’ into our community and change certain attitudes towards Emmaus;
- provide a gateway to our association;
- be more visible on a local level.
Beginner’s French initiative
- (Association Emmaüs Indre Fondateur abbé Pierre)
Since 2011, Emmaus Indre has welcomed a certain number of undocumented persons who don’t speak French. Some arrive unaccompanied, others with their families, at the Déols and Le Blanc communities. They are originally from Albania, Kosovo, Ukraine, Russia, Sub-Saharan Africa as well as North Africa.
The Déols community has begun offering a French language course for beginners called the DILF (French Language Initiation Diploma) benefitting around ten willing companions. This diploma is recognised by the national education system, helps integrate the companions into society and also serves as a certificate which is needed for their temporary residence permit applications.
MEETING OF COMMUNITY, SOCIAL WORK AND EDUCATION LEADERS
- (EMAÚS AMÉRICA)
This event was organised in line with the Emmaus Americas region’s work plan, which prioritises the need to reinstate spaces for exchange and training in which leaders of the various Emmaus groups, all of whom work in different contexts, can jointly reflect on topics such as the environment, gender, the solidarity economy, poverty, public participation, etc., and can formulate a political message that reaches beyond the groups’ daily action in their respective contexts.
Aim of the meeting:
•Continue strengthening the group leaders’ management skills
•To promote good practice amongst leaders in their collective work, thus helping the groups in their efforts to become economically self-sufficient, to ensure that their activities are sustainable and to include their members.
•Ensure that this work is reflected in our presence as social stakeholders committed to the most urgent social struggles together with those most in need.