Association DEPART

“Des Etoiles et des Femmes” (Stars and Women): training women from deprived neighbourhoods to high-end hospitality

  • Field of intervention
    Vocational training
  • Supported organization
  • Country and localization
    France, Marseille, Montpellier, Bordeaux and Paris
  • Supported people
    108 women coming from deprived neighbourhoods
  • Project helped in
    2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018
  • Amount of the support
    129,000 euros

DÉPART association, created in 1987, aims to facilitate the social and professional integration of people in difficulty. It fulfills this purpose, in particular through participation in integration actions led by other structures sharing the same objectives. As such, the association leads the "Stars and Women" project, initiated in 2015 by the insertion company La Table de Cana Marseille (TDCM), the leader of the region in the catering sector. 

In 2015, TDCM set up a high-end catering training program in Marseille: "Stars and Women", aimed at women from priority neighborhoods in the city. The objective of this project? Supporting promotions of 12 women to get a catering qualification with practical training in the kitchens of Chefs partners of the program.

Solidarity AccorHotels has been supporting this initiative since its creation in 2015 in Marseille. In 2017, the Fund is also supporting the extension of the project, first in Montpellier and then in Bordeaux. In each of these three cities, some AccorHotels Chefs are engaged and receive for one year a beneficiary alternately in their brigade, to share experience and practical advice.

In 2018, Solidarity AccorHotels renewed its support for the three cities and supported the spin-off of the project in Paris-Ile de France with three new Chefs from the Groups involved.


Involvement of the teams:

In Marseille: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port and MAMA Shelter are involved for 3 years. Some Chefs took part in the 2015 and 2016 editions: Pullman Marseille Palm Beach, Pullman Marseille Provence and Grand Roi René Hotel (MGallery).

In Montpellier: Pullman Montpellier Center, Mercure Center Comedy and Mercure Grande Motte.

In Bordeaux: 6 chefs from 5 establishments - Mercure Meriadeck, Mercure Cité Mondiale, Mercure Chateau Chartrons, Mama Shelter and Pullman Bordeaux Lac.

In Paris : Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, Sofitel Paris le Faubourg and the caterer Potel et Chabot. 


Discover the video "We are Women", presenting Hafidha who is following the "Des Etoiles et des Femmes" vocational training.

I commited to this project given that it brings together many strong values and dimensions. Firstly the Human aspect: the program is dedicated to vulnerables women, facing difficulties to enter the labour market. On a solidarity aspect, as La Table de Cana is the project's facilitator, proposing customized support (follow up, professional integration advice, child care, mobility solutions...). And finally, on an economic aspect, as the catering sector offers many job opportunities. I am very proud to support this vocationnal program and I am very happy to support the women of the program by sharing my personnal and professional experience with them!

Supporting the program Des Etoiles et des Femmes is a very instructive experience and it gives a strong meaning to our profession. It is all about sharing experience and skills, a collaborative work that brings many actors and institutions together (local communities, associations, schools, companies…). I am fully convinced that it is important to develop local actions to support social issues resolution.