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With the reform, will young retirees be missed by Breton associations? – After the reform, these young retirees who could miss


  • 1 “Without retirees, there would be no Lorientaise”

  • At 60, Christian Guillemot is the new president of the association which coordinates and organizes every year the Lorientaise, this exclusively female gathering in favor of research against breast cancer. The former firefighter has just retired. “I am already invested in associations through sport and the Office of Physical Education and Sports (OEPS) of Lorient, of which I have been a director for fifteen years. I did it outside working hours. There, I am lucky to be a young retiree and to be able to give more. I took over from Alain Giroux a month ago, and I already measure the investment that such an event represents throughout the year. Not sure that I would have gone there with three years and more years of work”.

    New president of Lorientaise, Christian Guillemot is a young retiree of 60 “still sufficiently dynamic and available” to invest more in the associative environment. He already knows “how important it is to review our organizations today”. (The Telegram/Sophie Paitier)

    Pension reform

    The Lorientaise board has eight people, including six retirees. For the OEPS, there are 22 people, and only eight active people. Christian Guillemot admits to wondering about the future. “Without retirees, there would be no Lorientaise. But these retirees may soon arrive older and fewer in number. Not fatalistic, the volunteer believes that there is a site to open to ensure renewal. “We have already started to balance the governance tasks. They are shared by more people. We can still improve agility, by using more dematerialized tools. It is our responsibility to interest and integrate young people. The associative fabric contributes to the cohesion of society. I don’t see how we could do without it.”

    There I am lucky to be a young retiree and to be able to give more to volunteering. Not sure I would have gone with three years and more years of work

  • 2 Homework help in Gouesnou: “We need renewal”

  • In Gouesnou (29), the 25 volunteers of the very rooted school support association (she is thirty years old) admit that they do not talk too much together about the pension reform. “For me, the issue is more the crisis of volunteering as a whole! “, sighs the president Marie-France Le Bars, 67 years old. Here, we provide support courses for college students up to the age of 80. “We have always worked with a small core of devotees who come once or twice a week and participate for a long time. There is no administration, we are in pure volunteering”.

    Marie-France Le Bars and Dominique Pouliquen, 67 and 68, have been volunteering to help with homework in Gouesnou for more than ten years. Their associative commitment began in retirement, which he
    Marie-France Le Bars and Dominique Pouliquen, 67 and 68, have been volunteering to help with homework in Gouesnou for more than ten years. Their associative commitment began on retirement, which they were both able to take at age 55. (The Telegram/Sophie Prévost)

    The covid crisis has of course broken the dynamic a little. “It took me a long time to come back,” confirms Dominique Pouliquen, who started ten years ago after retiring from the merchant navy at 55. He also combines his commitment to a second association, the Seamen’s Club of Brest, which welcomes sailors on stopovers and asks him to be more present, especially in the evening. The concern, in the future, will be to recruit enough new profiles like his. “Especially since the demand for tutoring is exploding and we have to adapt more to pupils with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysorthography… We fight with the means at hand to help them, that requires energy, underlines the president. The gap is likely to increase, if tomorrow the volunteers are even older”.

    With longer working hours, we see more and more workers arriving who take advantage of a break or a less exciting job to give meaning to their lives.

  • 3 In Vannes, the Pink Blouses anticipate

  • At the Pink Blouses of Vannes, the 40 volunteers are students, working people and a hard core of loyal retirees. They work with hospitalized children and elderly people in nursing homes. Here, there is no difficulty in recruiting. “We receive 70 to 80 applications a year. With longer working hours, we are seeing more and more workers arrive who take advantage of a break or a less exciting job to give meaning to their lives. The social lends itself well to this. The counterpart is that they stay for a shorter time, ”explains the president Danièle Humeau, 59 years old.

    The lengthening of the working life does not worry more than that the Pink Blouses in Vannes. "We already have a lot of active volunteers with us. Now we have to learn how to better associate them.
    The lengthening of the working life does not worry the Pink Blouses in Vannes any more than that. “We already have a lot of active volunteers with us. We now have to learn how to associate them better,” says the president. (The Telegram/Vannes pink blouses)

    Moreover, the new retired members come, themselves, willingly later: “The youngest is 72 years old! The pensions site does not worry the association’s Morbihan branch unduly. “On the other hand, it convinces us to go faster in our reorganization. We need to adapt more to these one-off assets, by being able, for example, to combine them with evenings or weekends. The challenge for tomorrow’s volunteering is to stick to society’s expectations”.



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