Background to the programme
The Régie des Quartiers was created with the objective of participating in urban renewal and supporting the neighbourhood "Noyer Renard" residents of Athis-Mons at the time of its classification as a ZUS (Sensitive Urban Zone). The trigger element for the program is the PLIE Intercommunal North Essonne (Local Integration Plan through the Economy) which supports the organisation.
Objectives of the programme
The overall objective of this program is the social and economic integration of young people (60% of the employees are young people) and adults from Les Portes de l'Essonne area. The association also aims to educate residents on sustainable development and to create marketable and non-marketable activities that are supports for employment which promote pathways to integration for residents and job seekers.
La régie des quartiers creates employment and development through economic activity in different areas: maintenance of green spaces and roads, collection of illegal dumping, removal of furniture, finishings in homes, waste sorting, recycling and handling. They're the operator of the recycling plant, which is a local authority project. The setting up of a "re-use box" (which collects objects that can be reused and educates residents in waste reduction) has enabled the purchase of a heavy duty truck, the hiring and training of more employees and the creation of partnerships (PAPREC specialist in recycling and reusing industrial and local authority waste; DERICHEBOURG provider of business and local authority services, etc.).
Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions
At the opening of the recycling plant, the number of employees was 3. In 2013, 91 employees (CDI, CDD, CDI future employment, CDDI: fixed term work placement contract of 2 years, CUI-CAE: simple work placement contract - support contract in employment) have benefited from the program, including 34 FTE.
57 employees have left the organisation in 2013 with new skills (71% men and 29% women). Young people under 25 years remain the principal beneficiaries of the program, followed by the group from 35-44 years and the over 50s.
The activities representing the largest proportion of sales in 2013 are the deposits collected (29%), the maintenance of green spaces (23%) and the finishings (12%).
In 2014, 53 employees participated in the program including 35 FTE (60% of employees were under 25 years of age).
The recycling plant is currently the largest in the Paris region.
The program's originality lies in social integration through economic activity via an activity related to sustainable development (reduction and reuse of waste) and in the apprenticeships and training for employees (for example, the training of 3 employees to drive heavy duty truck). The association therefore offers training to their employees that leads to qualifications and diplomas with the aim of facilitating access to future employment.
Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme
The recycling plant has succeeded in building different types of partnerships:
- Public Financial partners: the State, Regional Council of Ile-de-France, General Council of Essonne, urban community of Les Portes de l'Essonne, Intermunicipal Syndicate for Reusing and Disposal of Waste and Refuse (SIDEROM) and FEDER The European Regional Development Fund.
- Private Financial Partners: Aéroports de Paris, Immobilière 3F, SIEMP, OPIEVOY, Tri Environment Recycling (TER).
- Employment Partners: Plie Intercommunal Nord Essonne, Pôle Emploi, Mission Locale, Dynamique Emploi.
Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :
La Régie des Quartiers has encountered difficulties following the change in policy direction. Furthermore, the voluntary sector is feeling the effects of the economic crisis four years later. In fact, unemployment caused by the crisis affects the percentage of unpaid rent and thus reduces the share of investment in building work as well as local taxes. Nevertheless, the Régie des Quartiers is less affected by the crisis than other associations in the same sector because it has more economic objectives than some associations campaigning for sustainable development.
Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :
The Régie des Quartiers met regulatory difficulties but these have not had an impact on their results thanks to the economic aspect of its activity and the low level of competition.
Suggestions for future improvement :
The main objective for improvement is to find new partners who are both institutional but also industrial. 51% of sales come from the agglomeration and it is becoming vital for the organisation to diversify its sources of income.
Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :
The complete investment of the whole team has been the key element in Régie des Quartiers's success. The bonus of the human factor for the good operation of the organisation. On the other hand, we must continue to build partnerships in the associative and private worlds. We must not hesitate to ask for help and expert advice (regular audit and board, Local Support Measures (DLA)).