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Meet Sylvie Le Bars and the European project TRAIN in Stations

Author: SIE
Published Date: 19 March 2016

Sylvie Le Bars is an expert in European projects. She spent seven years in Brussels working for the European institutions before joining France and work as an independent consultant. 


She joined the French NGO, ANSA (Agence nouvelle des solidarités actives) in 2009 to manage the European projects (such as the transnational social experimentations "HOPE in stations", "WORK in stations" and "TRAIN in stations"). She is also in charge of the organization of the “Charte Gare européenne et solidarité” on behalf of the French co president SNCF.


SIE recently interviewed Sylvie for our Women in Social Innovation series - a series of interviews of interesting women working on great social innovation projects across Europe. 


Tell us a bit about your project and what inspired you to do this work.


The TRAIN in Stations’ project was born within the context of the charter “gares européennes et solidarités”. This charter signed by 12 European railway companies, is the product of a common observation that the problems of social exclusion in a global economy cannot be solved within the borders of individual countries. The main goal of the charter is to develop a “collaborative work based on mutual trust, information and good practices exchanges consciously and respectfully of national and societal differences that can exist between the organizations”.


The French NGO ANSA (Agence nouvelle des solidarités actives) is mandated by the co-presidents of the charter to animate the exchanges and design new project with the members.


The new project of this charter, the European project TRAIN in Stations (“Training Railway Agent on INclusion in Stations”), planned for September 2014 to September 2016, brings together 6 organizations from 4 different member-states of the European Union (Bulgaria, France, Luxembourg and Italy). It aims at building a common training program on homeless persons ‘inclusion in stations, on the basis of what already exists and on the development of truly innovative modules, built from a common reflection shared by all the actors intervening in stations.


The project aims at preparing concomitantly the first European class of trainers on social intervention in stations.


Can you tell us about a defining moment where you could see the impact of your project? 


The organization of the TRAIN in Stations project revolves around five transnational meetings and several national actions. To allow trainers from each of the partner countries to broaden their knowledge on existing programs in other countries. This diagnosis constitutes a basis to analyze needs and share inspiring practices. It is also the opportunity to reflect on issues raised by homelessness in stations.


The final objective of the TRAIN in Stations project is to implement and evaluate a first training session in each company. The impact of these first training sessions in Bulgaria, France, Luxembourg and Italy will help stabilize the model.


Once finalized, the training program will be valorized to the members of the charter as well as other public transport companies in Europe.


What kind of organisations or people would you like to connect with that could further benefit your work? 


This work could be enhanced by exchanges with other local organizations involved in social innovation (such as municipalities, regions, provinces etc.).


As you can imagine, the interest of this project is also to carry out a European struggle against exclusion and challenge of thinking the station wandering phenomenon without borders.


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