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ADICE Pas-de-Calais

EVS Accreditation Details
EVS accreditation type
EVS accreditation expiry date 10/03/2017
Location Roubaix, France
Organisation topics
European awareness
Education through sport and outdoor activities
Inclusion topics
Educational difficulties
Social difficulties
Cultural differences
Economic difficulties
Geographical difficulties

EVS accreditation number


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Project Environment

Specific needs
Concerning youngsters we are supporting and sending in Europe, most of them are facing social and economical problems, but also educational, and for some of them geographical, as we also work with youngster from outside the urban area. These youngsters are facing problems of unemployment, lack of self confidence and autonomy. They need a close support and strong follow up.
For that purpose, our project managers are experimented in supporting these youngsters and we developped various tools which can optimize the accompaniement quality.
- A database : informatic tool allowing us to record all information on participants ( path , experience, skills , expectations ) and mobility projects they perform, to follow them on the best way administratively and logistically.
- A mobility booklet : Each participant receives a booklet from ADICE to capitalize the various documents relating to their mobility projects (curriculum vitae , country file , cover letter , mobility agreement ... ) . This allows young people to register all the information on their projects and to be able to rely on these documents at any time if needed.
Also, before , during and returning from a mission , each participant is accompanied on several steps (pedagogical scheme) through individual and group sessions : participant identification , defining the profile , project construction, project validation, Pedagogical Preparation (Intercultural and Citizen Module) and administrative preparation of the project, regular monitoring during the mobility project, assessment of the project to return the young .
These tools are adapted for long term and short term projects regarding the profile of the volunteers.

Concerning youngster we host, the volunteers will be followed at different levels in order to optimize the successful completion of its voluntary:
- By a pedagogical tutor in ADICE, who will organise regular meetings with volunteer and the referent. His/her role will also be to help the volunteers in their integration in the project and in the community, in a new cultural environment. She/he will care about the lodging and French language course as well. He / She will have regular contact with the sending organizations to give a feedback of the project on time. He / She will do also a mid-term and a final evaluation and work on learning objectives and skills valorisation of the volunteer in order to provide the Youthpass (for all volunteers on long or short term EVS). His / her role will be to help the volunteers for their successful integration within their project in the community and in a new cultural environment. In case of difficulties, the tutor of ADICE will always be available to talk with the volunteer and the referent in the host organization to find a suitable solution. The tutor will provide support to the volunteer needs : strengthening tutoring if needed psychological support if it 's necessary , argues that the voluntary cuturel can integrate itself in everyday life .
- An administrative coordinator in ADICE will carry on the administrative and financial monitoring of the voluntary project. His/her role will be to check if the volunteer has specific requirements for the successful completion of the project including at administrative and financial level. The coordinator will provide support to the volunteer needs : strengthening tutoring if necessary, accompany the volunteer on administrative and logistical processes.

This follow-up will check the good development of the activities and the adaptation of the youth (reinforced supervising). In case of difficulties , tutor ADICE will be always available to solve the problem as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately projects are not technically adapted for volunteers on wheelchairs.

Project environment
Situated on a strategically crossroad, the Nord Pas de Calais region has a diverse and rich heritage. The town of Lille hosts many students and is situated between Paris (1 hour), Brussels (30mn), London (1h30 hours), Luxembourg (3 hours) and Amsterdam (3 hours). Today, with 1million inhabitants, Lille is placed at the 4th French conurbation. The big cultural diversity and dynamism of this town contributed at the nomination of Lille as “European Capital of Culture” and “Town of Art and History” in 2004.

Roubaix, where most of EVS activities take place, is a city of 100 000 inhabitants, situated about 5 km from Belgium, in the conurbation of Lille and hosts more than 50 different nationalities. Roubaix acknowledges an unemployment rate of 21% which reaches 35% among youth; notably among those originating from Maghreb countries suffering from discrimination. Roubaix is 15min form Lille by metro.

Roubaix is the second city in the department of the North, presenting the following particularities:

1- industrial decline and change of occupation
2- prominent rate of unemployment
3- one of the cities with youngest population in France

The activities carried out in volunteer assignments will fit completely within the local environment: local development, culture, social animation, environment, sport ... These activities are indeed at the heart of local interests and territorial issues. Missions will be fully in adequation with the local environment and activities will allow young people to be aware of the issues, challenges, realities, initiatives in the North of France.
Volunteers will complete their projects by meeting with local operators (associations, collectives, clubs ...) and they will be able to interact with other young people about common interests, interculturalism, the local environment ... which enrich young volunteers and the local population.

Proposed activities for EVS volunteers
For our projects, we don’t require with strong skills from the volunteers. We expect motivated people interested in the themes of international mobility, public social and professional enrichment, EuropeK…. Thanks to the participation in the project, the volunteers will benefit form:
- Cultural discovery (for a better adaptation and integration during the experience)
- Autonomy and self-confidence
- Project management
- Tolerance
- Technical skills ( on sport, art, animation or environment, promotion of European mobility)
- Ability to work in an international team
- Knowledge of the local network
- Linguistic skills
- Citizenship

In Roubaix we have this type of projects:
• Long term volunteers projects (usually from 6 to 12 months): As long term projects last a few months, they allow volunteers to build their own activity inside the hosting organization’s project.
The volunteers will support the team in daily activities and will be able to share their ideas and initiatives with the public. At the beginning, they integrate activities, discover how the organization works and how the public is welcomed. Later on, they can make their own suggestions in terms of activities, proposing what they like or wish to share in the frame of EVS.
Volunteers will often play a mediation role between professional team and public, on the basis of daily activities. Their presence is a support to the hosting organization, in terms of initiative, creativity, innovation… Therefore, it is important for us to define the right project, matching the volunteer’s needs and expectations and the reality of the project.
We are taking care of all practical and pedagogical aspect of his project (food, accomodation, pocket money, meetings with mentor, visa issues..).
The issue of defining the proper project for each volunteer forces us to take into account the variability of hosting activities. As we don’t know the future volunteer’s profile yet, we develop a frame of possible projects among our local partners, in various fields. We can distinguish different types of activities, according to the duration of the EVS experience.

*Activities for long term EVS volunteers :
In the case of a long term project, students will be involved in the activities and functioning of our association being included even within the project team (workshops , events...) .
In ADICE, the volunteer will initially observe, know and understand our organization , the local environment in which he / she will work. Then , after a period of adaptation, the volunteer will work on these activities :
- Promotion of European mobility (informing, educating and guiding young people toward the EVS to opportunities abroad, to exchange with other young people to training Leonardo Da Vinci etc ...), helping young people in their own project, assisting them in building their projects....
- Participation in the local animation with local partners, participation in events organization, promotion of the programs…
-Support, with his/her referent, the participants of International mobility projects by giving them some advices, help them to build their projects, follow them before, during and after their project.
- Interacts with the team about our current and next projects of international mobility to build them together.
- To find with us new potential partners, to give some ideas about potential international cooperation…


Volunteer profiles and recruitment process
Long term projects are open to all public. However we give priority to youth with fewer opportunities:
• Unemployed (long term)
• At the end of studies
• Potentially involved at local and regional level
• Socialy recognized but afrazid about professional market
• Need to feel useful and valorized through a european project
• Motivated to learn and discover another culture.
Volunteers are welcomed on ADICE’s projects, unfortunately projects are not technically adapted for volunteers with wheel chair.

Volunteers are selected on the basis of their motivation, their adaptability and ability to invest in missions and philosophy of a local hosting organisation, their sensibility and curiosity to discover other culture, their interest for the activities proposed.
From 9 years ADICE has developed with European and international partners, a plate-form and a network for youth (with or without disadvantages) and this for many reasons:

• To have a good knowledge of our colleagues (way of working, level of accompaniment, reactivity in case of crisis management) and their projects in order to guaranty qualified cooperation and activities; We are also sure that volunteers sent/hosted will be interested and involved on our projects
• To work on a perspective of strong and trustful cooperation based on reciprocity
• each of us know very well the target group we are working with and the one we are in measure to host or not
• This means that we meet most of our partners before starting to create volunteer’s project or at least they were recommended by partners’ organisations from our network before starting to have contact with a new member

Number of volunteers
ADICE as coordinating organisation would like to host about 2 - 3 long term per year.

Risk prevention, protection and safety
Activities are not of a high level of technicity or skills and can be done without any training. If any technical skill would be required during the activities, the hosting project will provide the adequat training, with a professional supervision. Anyway the volunteer will never be alone on any activitiy.
However in case we host youth with fewer opportunities, this target group requires a strong support all along the project and its implementation. That is why we developed tools and process which ensure the quality of support provided to these youngsters (pedagogical scheme and mobility book).
We will present her/him the general frame of this reinforced mentorship which is adapted individually to each volunteer according to his/her level of autonomy, ability to identify and express his/her needs and objectives, always in coherence with his/her expectations; and according to the difficulties measured by the sending organization. We adapt it constantly in function of the person we host, the involvement and the evolution of the volunteer on the project.

Before the volunteer’s arrival, to ensure the adequate voluntary project and seamless integration , ADICE implemented over time and experience, an educational pattern , which is the same for everyone and every participant must meet :

° Information: This is the first stage to present the approach adopted by the ADICE about mobility. This phase is collective.

° Identification: Appointment of identification with a member of the ADICE . It will be an opportunity to read the profile of the person ( past experiences, expectations vis-à -vis mobility goals for the future , fear ... ).

° Definition / construction project : If the participant may be accompanied by ADICE , the participant works with the Project 's objectives, areas of activities of interest , skills that would develop , etc ... a project is then searched based on skills, knowledge and expectations of participants.

° Validation : This step is to formalize the commitment of the participant and the ADICE on a mobility project through the signing of a contract, called a "mobility agreement" From this point, the participant took the responsibility to go with ADICE and is not supposed to withdraw .

° Preparation: it has a collective phase -departure training for a period of two days , which brings together all participants regardless of their project. Topics include multiculturalism, management difficulties, Europe and enhancement of the project return. These two days are complemented by a day of commitment to local association. The individual preparation phase concerns the logistical and administrative aspects (transport , insurance, etc ...). This preparation can advise and support in finalizing the project each participant so that it is as prepared as possible .

A tutor is identified and is welcoming volunteers that he/she will support all along the project duration. The tutor can give the important information to the volunteer through email, phone calls, skype sessions to prepare and to give advices to the volunteers to be sure that it will be easier for the volunteer to get in his/her new environment.

As soon as the volunteers arrive (The first week is considered as the integration week).
1. Collective meeting: to raise the following points up is done:
- practical information (housing local environment, useful places, emergency numbers- Tutor (In case of Emergency number), hospital, police, etc.-)
- administrative and logistic information (local transport, language course, financial issues, accommodation – according to existing availability, either with a private proprietor or in a youth working home with all necessary commodities)
- pedagogical information (presentation of the activities place, the team, the other volunteers, the users, the material, the planning, role of the tutor, rights and duties of the partners and cultural trainings, etc…)
- cultural information (Codes of conduct in the host country, cultural differences, possible risks in his/her everyday life and its working environment, how to adapt oneself and feel integrate abroad)

This meeting is also organised to be sure that all volunteers have the same information on the project. Therefore we will focus on the following questions as well:
• What is a mobility experience abroad
• What is volunteering
• What are the values of EVS
• What are the possible impacts
• What are the possible difficulties; what would be the solution
Ex -European volunteers can be involved to accompany all group of volunteers to show the festivities and cultural local life. They will also be in contact with long term volunteers hosted at the same time (if applicable).

Motivation and EVS experience

ADICE, Association for the Development of Citizen and European Initiatives, is a non-profit association created in February 1999 according to the 1901 Law. ADICE is working through “Youth” and “Youth In Action” Programs since 2000. (2007-EACEA-13).
For 9 years, ADICE has been very active and realised more than 350 voluntary projects (short and long term) in Europe and in the world and hosted more than 80 european volunteers (in majority youth with fewer opportunities; accomplish via our local network).
Our main objective is to support and promote youth in general and the most vulnerable public in particular, to help them to set up their own life career, their professional or personal projects by using and articulating in a coherent way European mobility programmes (voluntary service, trainings, etc.).

We consider the European Voluntary Service as an indispensable element and efficient tool in terms of non-formal education which helps to develop and encourage:

• Solidarity
• Educational and intercultural experiences
• Personal and social development and open-mindness

We are convinced that European Voluntary Service is an added-value at different levels:

• for youth who can gain, through their involvement in local associations, knowledge (about another culture, way of living, language, technics, etc.); know how (personal development, autonomy, self-confidence, world open perspective, solidarity and intercultural dialogue); and Know how to make (social, intercultural and professional skills they can use in the future)
• for local community, hosting and sending organizations because it affects European citizenship, non formal education and helps to fight against discrimination and racism. Thank to the presence of the volunteer, the local community gets used to foreigners, other cultures, habits and way of thinking. HO &SO develop new working methods, new approaches and ability to work with people with different horizons. It affects local youth policies and encourages the public to benefit from mobility programmes.

• for Europe by sharing cultural diversities, creativity, innovation, common value of democracy between all countries, volunteers and professionals involved.
ADICE has proven experience in the field of international mobility through various programs including the EVS experience (see table below):
Programmes ou Initiatives Numéro de référence Titre du projet
Jeunesse en Action FR-21-340-2012-R3 Générations en Action
EVHAC ECHO/EVHA/BUD/2012/01005 European Corps of Solidarity Volunteers
Leonardo Mobility 2012-1-FR1-LEO02-34458 Mobility: skills and employment
Jeunesse en Action 526970-2-FR-2012-R1 Volontariat, Apprentissage et Engagement
Jeunesse en Action 520848-2-FR-2011-R2 Volontariat: un parcours pour la jeunesse
Grundtvig 2010-1-GB2-GRU14-03700 2 VIS-AGE

ADICE participated in the Youth in Action / SVE each year for more than 5 years.
We have many quality partners in many European countries (Spain, Italy, Poland, Moldova ...) and World (Peru, Morocco, Vietnam, Mexico ...) to which we send our young volunteers for very rewarding missions.

Description of the organisation

ADICE, is operating in Roubaix since 1999, on a social and economic fragile territory. This area is characterized by a:

• particularly large part of immigrated population (more than 50%, in majority from North Africa)
• very high rate of unemployment and insertion difficulties, especially for young people with foreign origins

In this context our aim is mainly to fight against discrimination and to favour the social promotion of young adults, mainly disadvantaged (unemployed, unqualified or low qualified, immigrated persons, women) by supporting their participation in European and French mobility programs (Youth In Action, Leonardo Da Vinci, Amicus, Voluntery Civil Service with partners like State, region, etc..) in order to develop their social, professional and intercultural skills.

For us, mobility and international volunteerism represent an opportunity for those public to make an active commitment about citizenship, cultural diversity, non-formal education.

ADICE is composed of several services:
- Direction
- The department innovation / development
- The Mobility department
- The Secretariat – Accounting

ADICE has 7 employees who are regularly assisted by volunteers.

ADICE’s current activities and experiences:

Youth / Youth In Action Program
Since 2000, ADICE has been very active and realised more than 350 voluntary projects (short and long periods) in Europe and abroad and hosted more than 80 european volunteers whose majority of short term projects has been accomplish via our local network.

ADICE has got a strong experience in that field and works as much as possible in a networking and reciprocity way with its European and international partners:

 European Union : United Kingdom ; Italy ; Spain ; Portugal ; Denmark ; Sweden ; Finland; Belgium ; Austria, Germany ; Estonia ; Lithuania ; Poland ; Hungary ; Slovenia ; Slovakia.
 Partners countries: Algeria; Morocco; Tunisia; Balkan, Caucasus, Ukraine, Moldova. 2 multilateral project were coordinated by ADICE in Balkans and Euromed countries (2004 and 2006)

 Asia (Thailand, Vietnam; Cambodia; China; India), Latin America (Bolivia, Mexico), Australia

Civic Service volunteering
We last few years working with young people aged 18 to 25 years on volunteer international projects civic service. We have already completed several projects in Europe and in the world (over thirty in 2013).
ADICE therefore proven through this program with its European and international partners experience.
- European Union: Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, Estonia, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia ...
- Other partner countries: Morocco, Tunisia, Balkans, Caucasus, Vietnam, Peru, Mexico, Colombia ...

Leonardo Da Vinci
We work as well with unemployed young adults from 18 to 35 years old. Thus we realised several professional mobility projects in the frame of communitarian Program Leonardo Da Vinci. From 2000 to 2009, 80 traineeships was done. We also work closely with employment agencies and local institutions on social and professional insertion. In that way, we offer the possibility to beneficiaries to express, develop or confirm their abilities and skills in very structured job training courses in Europe. ADICE obtained Leonardo certification, proof of professionalism and competence in terms of mobility management.
Interreg (GAPS)
GAPS aim to fight against unemployment in the 2 seas region by developing new skills and work strategies among young people. This project takes place in three organisations: Brighton and Hove, Medway and Rotterdam. All of them deal with increasing levels of youth unemployment in their respective areas.

European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps: ADICE, in cooperation with 2 European organizations (in Spain and Germany), has deployed a team of 30 humanitarian volunteers as an effective way to strengthening resilience and building capacity in local communities of Southern countries: Haiti, Palestine, Tanzania, India, Colombia, etc. Projects were focused on strengthening the capacity of local communities to prevent risks and fight against poverty.

Jeunes ambassadeurs de l’engagement Associatif
Founded in 2008, the "Young Ambassadors" program is funded by the National Agency for Social Cohesion and Equal Opportunities and the U.S. Embassy in France. ADICE cares since 2012. Each year, approximately 30 participants (students and young society actors with fewer opportunities) from different areas in difficulty 5 French regions are chosen to participate in the program and have the unique opportunity to show their careers, their ambitions and their determination. During their stay of two weeks in the United States, the students discover and learn about American culture, history and share their own cultures attending high school and living with a host family. For young society actors, this trip is an opportunity to discover both institutions and American associations but also be trained in the steps of assembling and managing community projects.
This is a project to send\host 12 senior volunteers between two organizations: ADICE (Roubaix, France) and LUNG (Slovenia). The two organizations have some experience for several years in supporting adults in their education, social and professional development. In this project, seniors have the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills and to discover associations in a different environment and a different country.

Contact details
Organisation name ADICE Pas-de-Calais
Street 2, avenue Jean Baptiste Lebas
Postal code 59100
Town/city Roubaix
Country France
Email address eudes.bastid@adice.asso.fr
Website www.adice.asso.fr
Telephone number +33(0)3 20 11 22 68
Fax number +33(0)3 20 02 10 87

Last update: 10/03/2014