In Nantes, happy disabled young people in shared accommodation

At the age of 29, Axel Crochet dreamed of leaving her parents. The young woman with Down syndrome has “finally” gained her independence by moving into a communal apartment in a palatial home in north Nantes, called Phratris. Visit…

By Laetitia Drift

On her bedroom walls, Axel Crochet already hung posters of galloping horses, and a man in the wind. She sits on a bed with embellished sheets, her feet resting on a star-studded rug, recounting with a smile this movement that “exchange (ha) life“.”I am very happy here, I found my autonomy. I go for walks, picnics, and cooking. I learned to do my own laundry“A few years ago, she was living,” says the young woman, with brown hair at the shoulders and an electric blue shirt.at the inhabitant” But “not long“;”It didn’t go well‘ she whispered, lowering her head, so she returned to her parents, for there was no other suitable solution for independent residence.

Dedicated support in a normal environment

In her new home on a quiet street north of Nantes, she lives with four young people with mental and cognitive disabilities and five working young people without disabilities. contracting BrothersOwned by a not-for-profit endowment trust, since mid-April, a large building of 350 square meters with garden, pool and barbecue has been sublet. “Our project aims to provide tailored support to young people with disabilities, but in a normal environment.‘,” explains Emmanuel de Carrion, co-founder of Brothers And the former General Secretary of Cafes joyfulInstitutions that train and employ waiters and chefs with disabilities.

Ben Youngs

During the day, caregivers come to the house to help the youngsters get dressed, run errands or cook, depending on their needs. The site manager lives with his wife and two children in an apartment next door. On the ground floor of the house, the roommates share a large kitchen, a living room with large windows, and a TV room. On the upper floor, each occupies a bedroom with a bathroom. To decorate her picture, Emma de Montclaus, a 23-year-old with Down syndrome, hung dozens of photos and memories of her childhood in Marseille and recent holidays in Kenya, above her bed. His neighbour, Valentin Lepin, also wanted to show his room, in which two large windows bathed in the light. “Sometimes you can tan“, confirms the 25-year-old, who suffers from autistic disorders. Both also dreamed of leaving their parents to live.”Ben Youngs“especially”like everyone else“.
Around a garden table of zucchini gratin prepared by Pauline Berard, a young woman with Down syndrome who smiles as much as she is energetic, the roommates sit down to dinner. Under the last rays of the evening sun, one recounts her long working day while another fills his plate again. “The point is that we are all adults, on the same level. Nobody is responsible for anotherAurelie Marie, 28, a home care coordinator for seniors, says sitting by the pool.

Fun roommates

There is a hole in the racket. Housing is expensive and does not always match the aspirations of young people who are tired of being marginalized‘, confirms Emmanuel de Carrion. Living at home Brothersthey spend on averageBetween 700 and 800 euros“Every month, according to their resources, the co-founder of the project determines who he wants to be”Accessible to everyoneAs for the wages of young workers, it is.In line with market pricesOr 700 euros per month with fees.It is normal, living with young people with disabilities is a choice, and does not justify the rent discount,” continues Emmanuel de Carrion. Victoria Gunnarsson, a 28-year-old teacher, packed her bags in Brothers Because she was sure her roommates were fun.”Long-term breathing of fresh airHosting solution.continuous‘, the house does not impose a limit on the lease term of its tenants. The project repeats: a second home Brothers It is scheduled to open in Rennes in the spring of 2023.

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