The reuse centres of Croix-Rouge insertion [French Red Cross job training program]
Duration of the partnership
The Maisons du Monde Foundation supports the reuse centres and job training centres of the Croix-Rouge insertion: Béarn Solidarité in Pau and Impulse Toit in Marseilles. In addition to being job training programs, these organisations reduce waste by reusing wood materials. Wood furniture and other items restored and/or upcycled by the trainees are sold in the reuse centre shops.
This initiative promotes a circular economy through the resale of furniture to at affordable prices for financially insecure people in Pau and Marseilles.
In parallel, the reuse centres educate people about environmental protection and recycling, ecodesign and eco-friendly behaviours.
By the end of the partnership with the Maisons du Monde Foundation, the two organisations aim to double the amount of waste collected and the number of visitors educated each year.
In 2016, 20 employees received job training in skills related to reuse at Impulse Toit and 187 employees were trained at Béarn Solidarité.
In 2016 Béarn Solidarité’s job training program resulted in 12 jobs (5 permanent jobs, 3 fixed term jobs, 4 startups), 2 government subsidised jobs and 25 graduates. Impulse Toit’s program produced 8 graduates, including 4 on the path toward long-term employment.
Jobseekers experiencing social and professional difficulties are eligible for job training programs, including extremely vulnerable young people under the age of 26, recipients of minimum social benefits, long-term jobseekers and disabled workers. Employed under 4 to 24 month contracts, the employees are the primary focus of the job training programs. A social worker is assigned to each employee for collective and individual support.
Croix Rouge insertion supports employment locally to combat job insecurity. The organisations focus on environmental, economic and social concerns to create sustainable activities and generate resources and jobs. Innovative partnerships have been developed. For instance, Impulse Toit has reached out to students at the Marseilles School of Design for help in recycling furniture.
“One of our main activities is selling second-hand items. Some of the items we receive are old or in poor condition. We can refurbish any of the items or furniture bought in our shop to like-new condition. This provides significant added value. (…) What’s more, it is very rewarding when I see an old item restored. I really enjoy this work.”