Fédération Simon de Cyrène
Let us build together fraternity with the most fragile
Every year in France, with the progress of medicine, more than 40,000 people survive a cerebral accident at birth or during life (serious road accident, sports accident, stroke...). A societal issue since nearly one French person out of two is confronted with a stage of life that can make him/her fragile, "untouchable" (illness, disability, separation, youth and old age, unemployment...).
Severe forms of head trauma constitute a new problem, because with survival, the question of life after the accident arises. These people wake up after several months of coma and must relearn to live with severe disabilities (physical, psychological, cognitive) with often dramatic consequences (inability to work, loss of autonomy, risk of de-socialization). People affected by a stroke face the same difficulty.
Simon de Cyrène was born from the initiative of a group of friends who decided to create together places of life and sharing allowing everyone (disabled people, friends, families) to meet for informal times of "Living Together" at the mercy of prepared and shared meals, parties, socialization activities (cultural, playful, sports...).
In 2010, they opened the first shared house in Vanves at the gates of Paris. On the strength of this successful experience, groups of "Companions" have formed Simon de Cyrène associations in a dozen major cities in France.
The Simon de Cyrène Federation helps them structure their project and provides technical and financial support to create their own shared houses.
The Simon de Cyrène Shared Houses experience is part of a social project based on an "art of living together" between disabled and able-bodied people... It bears witness to the fact that fragility invites fraternity and trust.