For twenty years, volunteers, civil servants and volunteers of the public service L’Arche in Brest, in Relek-Kerhuon, have been caring for adults with disabilities. A few days before the anniversary, which will take place on Saturday, May 21 in Carmel, a meeting with three people who know the structure well: Claire Focon, a four-year employee, Veronica Maraval, a volunteer, a “friend of the structure” since 1998, and finally, Florent Pulhuel, a 27-year-old adult.
How did your relationship with L’Arche begin?
Veronica: “In 1998, a small group from Caillou blanc (l’Arche de Clohars-Fouesnant, editor’s note) arrived at the request of the Carmelites, who were to make the place a reception. We had a family friend who was involved. At first, the idea was not to create another ark, but simply in a friendly place. I am a volunteer, but above all a friend of the structure, because, in addition to daily activities, I keep friends. “
Claire: “My grandmother was at Arche fifty years ago, and my husband was a member of the board. It’s more than friendship for me, it’s brotherly friendship. “
Florent: “I’ve been here a long time. In 2001-2002 I came with my father and mother. My dad was a volunteer. He was driving a garden tractor. I decided to live here. I used to go to NAME Plabennets. “
Claire: “His father is sitting in a chair, and he took care of a large garden.”
Has the location changed from the beginning?
Veronica: “When we arrived, there were sisters’ cells. Everything has been redesigned for greater functionality and light: an evolution that has created workshops. The park also benefited from the work.
Claire: “Oh yes! Here we are within the medical and social framework, so there are standards that must be respected. I remember the place where I got lost. The building is surrounded by a large wall.
What are you doing here ?
Florent: “I do sports, go to the gym, do bodybuilding. I play table tennis, I play by myself. And I love watching football.
Veronica: “I take care of rest, theater, walks and walks.”
Claire: “I volunteered for ten years and was hired for four years. I take care of the garden, music, board games… Importantly, people say hello, we go at their pace.
And in the future?
Claire: “We are increasingly working on events outside the walls. We have a big project of a workshop in the center of the city, where it would be possible to organize events for everyone. “