In Marseille, young people from the northern districts are learning a trade at the Cloître

The Covid-19 got the better of the solidarity banquet of September 20 on the Marseille corniche (Bouches-du-Rhône), which is postponed to a later date. The goal was to thank the 500 people who had committed to food aid for the poorest during the confinement. The volunteers provided 20,000 meals, at a rate of 500 to 700 per day, as part of the Solidarity Casseroles operation carried out in the Cloître, a former 6 hectare convent surrounded by a huge garden, located between the towers of the district of Saint-Jérôme, in the north of the Phocaean city.

Renovated last year for 3.5 million euros, the Cloître, managed by the Fondation d’Auteuil, hosts around fifteen companies from the social and solidarity economy, including an urban farmer. The Jardins du Cloître restaurant, run by the two-starred chef Michel Portos, receives customers in the inner courtyard from the neighboring Château-Gombert technopole and above all trains eight young apprentices within the framework of a professionalization contract.

“We are the Foundation’s innovation pool, it is a unique place in France”, rejoices Bruno Galy, deputy regional director of Apprentis d’Auteuil: “The experiences we are conducting here then spread in France and in the world ”. Of all the structures installed in the Cloître, 250 young people from the northern districts have already been supported or trained, which has led to 30 work-study jobs and the creation of 40 permanent jobs.

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