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National caregivers day: Crédit Agricole Assurances is continuing to develop its commitment to support caregivers, funding 18 new association projects

Paris, the 05 october 2012

Committed to supporting volunteer or family caregivers since 2010, Crédit Agricole Assurances is today reaffirming its concrete actions with French associations that support the four million caregivers in France. Following a second national call for projects, 18 new association initiatives are being funded.

Thanks to Crédit Agricole's Regional Banks, almost 200 association projects, twice as many as in 2011, were put forward with this second call for projects looking to enable associations to develop, secure or propose new actions to support caregivers. This confirms the very high level of requirements in this area, as well as the dynamic development of associations working to empower caregivers to perform their role in supporting dependent people.

The 18 projects have been selected for their genuine lasting impacts for caregivers, as well as their original and innovative features. Based on a total budget of €300,000, they will receive funding for one to three years, in line with the needs expressed for support.

Crédit Agricole Assurances’ concrete commitment alongside volunteer or family caregivers is also illustrated by its support for the short television programme “La minute des aidants” (Caregivers’ Minute), shown on France 5 at 3pm Monday to Friday in September and October.

Associations selected in 2012 and their projects:

  • A.S.B.H. (national spina bifida and disability association – Val de Marne): creation of training and information sessions for caregivers looking after people with spina bifida.
  • AFSA (French Angelman syndrome association – Paris): training sessions on alternative communication for families of children with this syndrome.
  • Ama Diem (Isère): creation of a forum for information, exchanges and training to support family members looking after young people with Alzheimer's.
  • Autistes sans frontières 85 (Vendée): organisation of training sessions, wellbeing breaks and discussion groups for parents.
  • CASA (Sambre Avesnois’ Alzheimer's association – Nord): development of a caregiver support programme, offering them discussion groups, refresher workshops for caregivers and care beneficiaries, outings and respite breaks.
  • CASSIOPEA (Dordogne): creation of training and information sessions for family members caring for people with Alzheimer's covering various aspects, from administrative processes to the assistance available, the pathology and day-to-day actions.
  • CAUDHEIM (Ille et Vilaine): on-going programme to provide psychological support and information for caregivers working with people affected by all types of pathologies.
  • CIDFF (family and women's rights information centre – Aube): creation of a free legal assistance service for caregivers working with people suffering from all types of dependence issues.
  • CLIC de la Vallée du Lys (Nord): collective support for caregivers, looking after care beneficiaries.
  • Edith Seltzer Foundation (Hautes-Alpes): development of respite periods for caregivers looking after people with chronic disabling diseases involving a loss of independence.
  • INT-ACT (Paris): organisation of breaks in Normandy for people affected by neurodegenerative disorders and their family caregivers.
  • JALMAV Côté d’Armor (Côté d’Armor): training for new volunteers on listening and how to approach bereavement.
  • CASA (inter-association caregivers support collective - Poitou-Charentes, Charente): launch of a survey conducted with “joint caregivers” who are minors, identifying their needs, raising awareness on their role within their families and offering them personalised solutions.
  • Le Parloir (Paris): creation of a hotline to provide listening and support, staffed by volunteers, for caregivers working with elderly people who are losing their independence.
  • Le Rosier Rouge (Hauts de Seine): organisation of respite breaks for caregivers living in the French regions and facing precarious social or financial situations.
  • OVPAR (Rhône): organisation of mediation sessions for people aged 60 and over with physical or mental difficulties and their various caregivers, as well as discussion groups for family caregivers.
  • SIPAG (inter-regional association for the elderly – Rhône): on-going group information sessions for people caring for the over 60s.
  • Une luciole dans la nuit (Seine Saint-Denis): creation of a training cycle for volunteers on how to listen.

To find out more about all the associations supported and their actions, visit: www.etreaidant.com

About Crédit Agricole Assurances

Number one for bancassurance in Europe and number two for life insurance in France based on the amount of premiums collected, Crédit Agricole Assurances handles all the Group’s French and foreign insurance activities. It comprises Predica, a personal insurer, Pacifica, specialised in non-life insurance, Caci for creditor insurance, the various international subsidiaries and Caagis for IT management and services, as well as Spirica and LifeSide Patrimoine, focused on life insurance for wealth management.
Key figures for the Crédit Agricole Assurances Group (at 31 December 2011)

  • €25.2 billion in premiums
  • €221.5 billion in underwriting reserves
  • Over 3,500 employees

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About Crédit Agricole Assurances' commitment to supporting family caregivers and volunteers

Caregivers and insurers are central to some of the common issues facing society today, from the ageing of the population to long-term-care and solidarity. That is why Crédit Agricole Assurances has chosen to make a concrete commitment to support family caregivers and volunteers. To achieve this, it is carrying out three main actions:

  • A call for projects in order to directly fund local support actions carried out by associations;
  • "Caregivers' minute": a short television programme providing useful advice for caregivers and raising public awareness of this cause;
  • A website, www.etreaidant.com, aimed at both associations and caregivers.
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