A new DU initiative has been launched in Grenoble, France end of 2009, in cooperation with CARITAS - Secours Catholique.
Secours Catholique’s aim is to "bring help either directly or indirectly, morally or materially, wherever it is needed, irrespective of beneficiaries’ philosophical or religious faith”. Its actions in France include initiatives in favor of family, childhood and youth, homeless, unemployed, prisoners, migrants and gypsies. Secours Catholique is also active throughout the world in the field of development and international emergencies. Its functioning is based on volunteer work.
The idea of a collaboration within the DU project was born thanks to the intiative of an ST employee at Crolles. Two batches of ST Crolles and Grenoble employees, as well as Secours Catholique’s volunteers, have been trained to become DU trainers in 2009 and 2011 by two ST Italy colleagues. The project’s main target are Secours Catholique’s users and particularly elderly people, immigrants and homeless people as well as unemployed people.
Over 540 have received free computer literacy and access to the internet as a result of the program as of Q4Y11.
The asset of the program relies in the heterogeneity of its classes.