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| 06.06.2019 | Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

We are pleased to give you an opportunity to discover the community project of 2018 winner Arnaut Menonville (France), volunteer and manager of La Pause for Secours Catholique.

You can also take a look at the projects of the other 2018 Helping Hands winners: Drew NG (Singapore), Martine Guillois (France), Claudia Daly (United Kingdom) and David Rocher (France). 

 

What is the purpose of the charity you presented for 2018 Helping Hands programme?

La Pause is a Secours Catholique’s unconditional day centre in Antony (in the Hauts-de-Seine department).

It’s open two mornings a week and offers an opportunity to people, no matter their race, religion or beliefs, to have a good breakfast, take a shower, wash their clothes, play games, talk, warm up, relax, etc. We have room for 30 to 35 people.

La Pause welcomes street people, people with a variety of disabilities. The volunteers and the guests are working together to make this a warm place and create social bonds.

 

What is the nature of your involvement in the charity?

I’ve been volunteering for this charity for around 8 years. I regularly spend my Saturday mornings at La Pause. We cook and have breakfast together, listen to people who want to talk, and play games.

Overall, it's a very enjoyable time, full of discoveries and surprises. It's like a non-alcoholic inn where different worlds come together.

As manager, I help the volunteer team look after the project along with our guests, and I ensure its inclusion in its environment: the city of Antony and various charities.

 

What is the scope of the project you presented?

The project I presented is to replace our washing equipment so we can wash and dry as much laundry as possible while La Pause is open, so people can leave with clothes that are clean and dry. It's a great way to improve our welcome.

Our machines are used a lot and are quite old. Also, it takes a lot longer to dry laundry than to wash it. Due to this, some people end up leaving with wet laundry. 

 

What have you gotten out of participating in the Helping Hand programme?

It has allowed me to discover the enormous variety of commitments taken on by my colleagues, in charities at the service of life, and now I see other facets in the people I meet at CACIB.

It has also been an opportunity to take a step back from my commitment, share about it, allow my fellow volunteers to discover CACIB and appreciate its support programme.

When I presented the project, I realised that the jury was very sympathetic to the circumstances of the people I was representing. With the Helping Hand programme, CACIB is fostering an extraordinary chain of solidarity.