FRANCE: Helping disabled people regain independence in an assisted living environment

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Vanves, Rungis, Dijon and Angers



Each year in France, more than 40 000 people survive a head injury at birth or during the course of their lives (road accidents, sports injuries, stroke…). Life after a severe head injury or stroke presents the survivor with a new set of challenges as they adapt to a new way of life. Individuals must learn how to live with their acquired disability (physical, psychological, cognitive). These disabilities often result in significant changes to an individual’s lifestyle (incapacity to work, loss of autonomy, withdrawal from society). In 2010, the first shared home was opened in Vanves, a town just outside Paris. After its success, shared homes were established in Angers, Rungis, Dijon and other cities in France. The homes provide places of shared living which allow the disabled people to live with friends and family. These informal settings include meals prepared and shared together, social activities and celebrations (cultural, recreational and sports). The shared homes are upheld as a societal project based on the “art of shared living” between both disabled and non-disabled individuals. They are testimonies to the idea that trust and community arise when people come together in a time of need.

In a shared home, disabled individuals have access to individual accommodation in order to rebuild their lives while allowing them to feel at home without being alone. Non-disabled individuals have access to a different, meaningful way of life and develop relationships based on solidarity and community.

Volunteer's roles and responsibilities:

- To assist the disabled people with their day-to-day life.

- To be someone residents can relate to and feel safe with.

- To actively participate in all the events which are part of life in the shared home (activities chosen by each resident, preparing meals, organising leisure time, etc.) and contribute to making the residence lively and welcoming.

- To be fully committed to life in the shared home (parties, outings, activities, etc.)

Duration of the volunteer project: Minimum stay of 3 months is required.

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How To Apply

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