This year ACAY Marseille was selected by the Associations: Possible and Ronalpia (Lyon region) to be part of the 3rd batch of Act’ice, a support program for structures that are developing in the field of criminal justice. With 7 other groups that promote the reintegration of offenders, the ACAY Marseille team attended 8 days of workshops in Lyon between January and October 2021, with the aim of being trained in 3 main areas:
1.) To become more professional and equipped:
Specific support to better understand the functioning of the justice sector and its challenges, to strengthen the support of its audiences and to consolidate its project.
2.) Collaborate and innovate:
Facilitating echange between project leaders to develop complementary responses to the needs of the people they support, meetings with public and private sectors to break out of isolation and establish relevant and innovative collaboration.
3.) To develop visibility and networks:
Meetings with patrons, local and national sponsors by justice sectors, and access to the networks of Possible and Ronalpia.
This 9 months nationwide program also included an individual long-distance follow-up (monthly personalized advice) and networking (justice sector), associations for integration, and potential donors.
The professionals of the Act’Ice network underlined the strong human dimension of the project from the Philippines, the relevant methodology, and the coherence which emanates from all the employees of ACAY with this capacity to work as a team to carry the young people with serenity and compassion.
This training has been beneficial for ACAY, especially for the improvement of the evaluation of the impact of our interventions and for the development of new partnerships. Thanks to this, we are now trained in psychosocial skills by the association Prismes, which will enable us to accompany our young people more effectively.