On June 27, 2019, the annual meeting of solidarity garages was held, organized by the PSA Foundation and Avise. This year, this event was dedicated to the leaders of solidarity garage projects and their entire ecosystem.

Since 2011, the PSA Foundation has supported 87 solidarity garages. What was originally only a one-off financial support has become a complete program to support solidarity garages with the implementation of workshops, the provision of tools and the organization of annual events.

Karine Hillaireau PSA Foundation
Karine Hillaireau PSA Foundation

Thus, during this day, Hugues Menant, Director of the Solidarity Garage La roue de Secours Solidarauto 25 and Antoine Bonin, Project Manager for the "Fabrique à Initiatives" shared with the project leaders the experience of their collaboration.

Hugues Menant and Antoine Bonin
Hugues Menant and Antoine Bonin

Guillaume Florenson, Director of the Solidarauto 37 Solidarity Garage, David Charbonneau and Vincent Dumay of the Association Passerelle provided feedback on the use of the methodological guide: "How to create and develop a solidarity garage" as well as on the communication support of the social utility of solidarity garages.

Guillaume Florenson,  David Charbonneau and Vincent Dumay
Guillaume Florenson, David Charbonneau and Vincent Dumay

In order to help the project leaders to choose the economic model best suited to their project, Ellyx, a social innovation consultant, was invited to present the advantages and disadvantages of the 4 most common solidarity-based economic models of garages: an integration workshop using the garage activity as an integration support, an integration company using the garage activity as an integration support, an association wishing to respond to the problems of people in precarious situations and finally, a SCIC managing services of territorial interest.

 Jérémy BREMAUD, Ellyx
Jérémy BREMAUD, Ellyx

This morning of exchanges ended with a presentation of the Opinion on the various support mechanisms for the emergence of Social and Solidarity Economy projects.

After a lunch break, allowing individual exchanges and contacts, project leaders were able to participate in small groups in workshops led by experts in the social and solidarity economy on 4 themes:

  • communication on social utility
  • social law, volunteering with a lawyer
  • the law of the Social and Solidarity Economy, taxation of associations, choice of legal form 
  • the economic model, diversification of activities and financing

This day was an opportunity for solidarity garages to meet and exchange good practices, failures and successes and above all to leave with concrete answers and a more precise perspective for the future.