Socially-responsible garage spin-off
Convergences Plurielles (Garage Solidaire du Hainaut)
Convergences Plurielles is an approved authorisation that runs an integration project workshop aimed at contributing to public policy and the fight against exclusion and for employment by working to remove employment obstacles through mobility assistance. It has opened a socially-responsible garage in Denain, followed by another in Anzin.
The socially-responsible garage provides three services:
– Vehicle maintenance, repair and refurbishment at reasonable cost and on social referral.
– “Self-service garage”, open to all, on Saturdays. The idea is to transmit basic techniques to customers with the help of a mechanic.
– Used-vehicle sales through a partnership awarding committee to people with job and/or qualifying training prospects and people beginning a contract. They may also benefit from socially-responsible micro-credit.
The garage has eight employees on integration programmes benefiting from social and professional support to remove the obstacles (e.g., housing) preventing their return to employment.
The Foundation is supporting the creation of the garage through financial support to equip the Anzin garage.
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