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Fondation PSA and Avise move up a gear to support the creation of new social garages in France’s regions
- Launch of a program bringing together regional stakeholders to create the right conditions for creating new social garages
- A program developed jointly with Fabrique à Initiatives project generators – support structures for social entrepreneurship
- Five areas in France have been selected: Périgord, Argentanais, the town of Decines, Pays de Brest and North Drôme-Ardèche
Since 2011, Fondation PSA has supported social garages following a program that has grown over time.
1- Financial support for social garages
Social garages support people in social, professional and / or financial difficulty by allowing them to maintain, repair, rent or buy their vehicle at a solidarity rate. As integration workplaces, located in rural and sensitive areas, they also train people in insertion to automotive mechanics. Social garages have to deal with very important social needs with limited human and logistical capacity.
Since 2011, Fondation PSA has supported, through its calls for projects, Mobility & Inclusion, 87 social garages projects.
2- An annual accompaniement program for the professionalization of social garages in partnership with Avise
Since 2017, Fondation PSA has been offered social garages previously supported an accompanying program, in partnership with Avise (Agency of engineering for Social and Solidarity Economy development).
This annual support program includes:
- practical tools built in sessions, between solidarity garages, with the support of experts, then published for the benefit of all on Fondation PSA and Avise websites
- collective support seminars on themes chosen by the social garages themselves.
Tools, methods and good practices built together with social garages:
- a methodological guide which identifies the different steps to follow in order to create a social garage and offers practical sheets (material conditions to launch the project, conditions of safety and cleanliness of the workshop, tools ...);
- the social garages directory which gives the list of the structures throughout the territory (Avise website);
- an interactive map which allows to localize easily the social garages in France (Say-Yess website).
- a measurement and communication tool for the social value of social garages
Accompaniment seminars for social garages :
- 2017 Session :
3- An incubator of social garages
In 2020, Fondation PSA in partnership with Avise wished to provide additional assistance to social garages. It is a question of intervening, upstream of the creation of a social garage, by federating the local actors, to meet the mobility needs of the territories.
This project entitled "Emergence of social garages" was built with 5 "fabriques à initiatives" (device of territorial animation and modeling of activity of social value).
Following a call for expressions of interest, five" fabriques à initiatives" were selected to launch the process in parallel: ATIS in Perigord Vert, ADRESS in Argentanais, Centsept with the town of Decines, TAg 29 in Pays de Brest -Carhaix and Courant Fort in North Drôme-Ardèche.
In these five territories, the program will allow the initiative factories to carry out an analysis of mobility needs, to bring together a project group to work on the study and modeling of a solidarity garage, before identifying and supporting a promising structure towards the effective launch of the activity.
This work will identify good practices, the conditions for success to give birth to a sustainable solidarity garage.
This guide allows all social garages to benefit from best practices, fruits of operational considerations and experts in solidarity economy.
It now includes environmental standards, the specificities of intervention on electric vehicles.
Advice on the economic models of social garages, the diversification of their activities and the interaction with their ecosystem enrich this new version.