The AIVE non-profit organization contributes to social inclusion of persons in difficulty and works to improve access to transport, in several ways
- The socially responsible garage, open since 2009, employs twelve young people on temporary contracts, under supervision by three experienced mechanics.
- A vehicle hire service, running for ten years, has 35 bikes (electric scooters and cycles) and 9 cars.
- A transport advice service diagnoses individual situations and develops action plans accordingly.
The organization today wishes to set up a new workshop. The building housing the garage, rented from Niort City Council, was fitted out as a repair shop, and five prefabricated buildings were added. In these aging premises, the garage is unable to meet the increasing demand. So the plan is to build a new workshop on the site acquired five years ago. Larger premises will enable the garage to increase capacity and improve working conditions, and a four-column lift will enable it to handle front-axle repair and work on commercial vehicles, operations that currently have to be subcontracted out. The new premises will also mean skills development for the young people working at the garage. The three lifts are to be transferred, a four-column lift installed and a new bike workshop set up? In addition, there’ll be a secure store for parts, equipment and waste, an office for the workshop manager and purchase advisor, pedestrian signs, cloakrooms and washrooms. Foundation support will be contributing to the garage extension.share this project