Access to leisure activities for disabled children: Loisirs Pluriel
Founded in 1992 in Rennes, the purpose of the Loisirs Pluriel Federation is to encourage disabled and able-bodied children to interact and take part in joint leisure and holiday activities from a very early age.
Loisirs Pluriel is the first national leisure facilities network for disabled and able-bodied children with:
- 14 centres open on Wednesdays and school holidays (Brittany, Pays de Loire, Normandy, Ile-de-France, Nord-Pas de Calais)
- A weekend and short-stay care service for teenagers (Cap’Ados network)
- A national plan to promote holidays for families with a disabled child (Passerelles network)
- A platform (Handi’Conseil) and a training service (IFAPH) for organisations looking after disabled children
The National Grandir Ensemble Platform
Loisirs Pluriel helped create the National Grandir Ensemble Platform which carried out a study on "the accessibility of child care and leisure facilities for disabled children and teenagers from the youngest ages" (2007-2009)
This study is the first of its kind in France in terms of the in-depth treatment of the subject matter, including the legal aspects. It led to the formulation of 15 concrete measures, in the following categories:
- developing services
- staff training
- technical support to administrators and quality assurance in respect of care facilities and the information provided to families
- boosting national awareness and calling stakeholders to action.
CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats participated in the legal facet of this study through a skills sponsorship programme on "civil and criminal liability of organisers in respect of disabled children or children with health issues in child care or leisure facilities".
Through this analysis we have been able to lay the foundations of legal thinking about this issue.
Today Grandir Ensemble brings together thirty or so local and national organisations and coordinates a working group on the financing of additional costs associated with disabled children's access to care and leisure or holiday facilities, the main obstacle to expanding services.
CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats has supported the Loisirs Pluriel Federation since 2008.
La Mie de Pain
Help for vulnerable people: la Mie de Pain
La Mie de Pain is a charity organisation founded in 1887. It aims to support vulnerable people, who are marginalised or excluded from society, guiding them "from emergency to integration".
The association’s work focuses on four main areas:
- Providing assistance to people in danger (food aid, medical care, accommodation, etc.)
- Providing social support and helping people to reintegrate into society (learning how to live with others, how to communicate, etc.)
- Guiding people towards successful integration in the world of work and long-term accommodation solutions (training, house hunting, etc.)
- Raising public awareness of the problem of vulnerability and exclusion and changing perceptions of impoverished people.
Six sites (in Paris):
In its day-to-day pursuit of these objectives, La Mie de Pain takes action in a number of ways to support and guide marginalised people and help with their reintegration into society.
- Provision of food, accommodation and social support: Le Refuge (emergency accommodation centre)
- Making daily life easier: Le Relais Social (information and guidance centre), L’Arche d’Avenirs (daytime drop-in centre)
- Regaining independence: Le Chantier d’Insertion, La Villa de l’Aube (family boarding house and social residence), Le Foyer des Jeunes Travailleurs "Paulin Enfert" (hostel for young workers).
CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats's donations are used to buy food and cover the accommodation costs of homeless people, as well as to improve the services offered to them.
CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats has supported La Mie de Pain’s “From emergency to integration” programme since 2009.
Courir Pour Elles association
Since 2015, a number of female employees from CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats have taken part in the Courir pour Elles race to support women with cancer.
The idea first took shape in Lyon’s 7th district at Chavant School, following the deaths of several mums from cancer. Set up on the initiative of Sophie Moreau, marathon runner and mother of three children, supported by Nathalie Moreau and Christine Le Guilloux, the association Courir Pour Elles (Running for them) was set up in 2009 with a view to organising an event of the same name.
Today, Courir Pour Elles is far more than just a race. It is a movement seeking to reduce the number of female cancer victims (breast, womb, lungs and colon) by organising prevention initiatives based on exercise. This collective commitment is based on four key values: solidarity, generosity, kinship and social interaction. Courir pour Elles seeks to:
- group and mobilise through three annual events: Danser POUR ELLES (March), Courir POUR ELLES (May) and Rouler POUR ELLES (October);
- raise awareness among the greatest number concerning the prevention of cancer in women through exercise as part of targeted communication throughout the year;
- take action through practical initiatives on the ground, dedicated to women undergoing treatment.
Official website of the association Courir Pour Elles