A birth in the still turmoil of confinement ...
The Lyon Student Solidarity Collective was born at the end of March 2020, when the whole country had suddenly entered a period of strict confinement. The shutdown of economic activity, the closure not only of university restaurants, but also of most associative structures to help people in difficulty, the inaccessibility, finally, of the solidarity grocery stores of the universities, they- same constraints to a strict administrative closure, have alarmed us about the material fate of Lyon students who are economically most fragile. There was no doubt that for the large number of them, who are forced to work in order to finance their studies, the period of confinement was going to be very difficult to go through, because it was about to exacerbate in proportions up to 'then unknown the material difficulties with which too many students often regularly face.
April 2020 - May 2020
Helping students cope with this primary need - to eat - was the first goal that CSE-Lyon set for itself during confinement. To avoid forcing students to travel for which we did not know to what extent they would be possible, so as not to encourage gatherings of people and, with them, a potential transmission of the virus, we chose to provide assistance food in the form of substantial parcels which were given to the interested parties, after making an appointment, at the entrance of their university residence or their accommodation in town. Thanks to the very generous financial or in-kind donations made to us and the partnership established on this occasion with local producers, also thanks to the unwavering commitment of our volunteers, more than 1,400 students from Lyon and of its agglomeration which were able to be supported during this so special period.
To enable this large-scale distribution, we have organized ourselves into premises, scattered around Lyon and Villeurbanne, all of whom are responsible for specific sectors.
Those responsible for the premises
May 2020 - June 2020
After coming out of confinement, the food action was able to continue until the end of June in the form of a solidarity grocery store temporarily installed at the Halles du Faubourg, before the latter's final closure. But the Collective did more. Having received the spontaneous reinforcement of volunteers, who are professional psychologists or psychotherapists, he was able to provide students who requested it with precious listening seven days a week and a real follow-up to alleviate the many anxieties and traumas engendered by this period. The Collective also tirelessly informed the students about the social assistance schemes to which they could claim and its volunteers sometimes helped students in difficulty (computer failure, wifi failure) to put together their administrative file.