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Launch of the 2021 call for projects caregivers
This is the eleventh year in a row that Crédit Agricole Assurances has launched a national Call for Projects in support of public-interest organisations that support family caregivers. Once again this year, around ten projects will be selected, receiving support worth €150,000 in total. A sponsoring scheme that is now an integral part of CAA’s identity. Over the past 10 years, more than 170 local projects nationwide have been financed in this way, receiving support worth over €2.5 million.
Three new topics related to current events
Each year, three topics are selected for their relevance to current events or for their emerging and innovative nature. This year’s call for projects focuses on topics related to the COVID-19 crisis, shared and grouped housing, and care-swapping projects offering long-term respite solutions for caregivers.
• Promoting initiatives born of the COVID-19 crisis: We are expecting projects that provide feedback aimed at capitalising on and modelling caregiver support initiatives set up during the health crisis.
The lockdowns and health measures have resulted in some extremely difficult situations for family caregivers. Many initiatives have emerged to combat isolation, assist in searching for solutions, or provide support and counselling to those mourning the loss of a loved one. These initiatives have come to fruition as a result of partnerships between various healthcare, social and medical-social players.
• Developing shared and grouped housing: We are expecting projects such as shared and grouped housing schemes, either in the design process or already existing, in which family caregivers are the founders.
In recent years, the search for new alternatives falling between residential accommodation and home-based care has led to a number of inclusive housing projects, providing support for and integration into local life. These projects are sometimes the direct result of groups of family caregivers, who come together and pool their resources to devise new forms of support more geared towards the independence of those they are caring for.
• Care-swapping, a long-term respite solution for caregivers: We are expecting projects that assess the impacts of the various forms of care-swapping. Ever since pilot care-swapping projects began, home help and support services have been offering long-term respite services in the home. Some of these services use the “baluchonnage” model originally from Quebec, others operate on an agency basis, while yet others specialise with certain groups of people receiving care.
Who can take part?
Any non-profit, public-interest organisation that it entitled to issue tax receipts and has a specific, one-off or recurring project that addresses caregivers’ needs in relation to one or more of the topics mentioned above.
Are you a member of an association that meets these criteria? Do you know of an association that helps caregivers? All you have to do is submit an application between 1 March and 30 April 2021 inclusive.