France: Les amis des caves Bertine combine restoration of a French heritage site and professional reinsertion
In 2010, the Imprimeries Réunies de Moulins printshop made a startling discovery: the basement of their premises, in the heart of the city, sheltered cellars dating back to the 13th century! A monumental ensemble of 250 m2, made up of several low rooms steeped in history.
The printshop wished to set up a shop featuring old machines under these Gothic vaults, and so appealed to the Amis des caves Bertine to restore the building.
This charity, supported by Solidarity Accor since 2013, is dedicated to preserving French heritage. For the painstaking restoration work they turned to some thirty young people from the area enrolled in professional insertion programmes. And the results are there for all to see: a 61% insertion success rate!
Following this experience, combining both practical activities on the site and theoretical lessons, 19 young people got a job or went on to work towards a degree. A success for this teaching construction project, which brought together several key operators in the region and gave a social focus to a heritage project.