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There are many English-speaking charitable organizations offering the British in France the opportunity to give up some of their free time to help others. Is there one not yet listed here, near where you live in France? If so, we’d like to hear from them. Why not ask their Chairman or a committee member to contact the British Community Committee by e-mailing us on

Alcoholics Anonymous (English-speaking) 01 46 34 59 65

British Association of Cote d'Opale

(i) The British Association Cote d’Opale was initially formed on June 25th 2016 as a result of the Brexit vote. It is a charitable association registered under the appropriate French 1901 loi association authority.

(ii) The British Association Cote d’Opale’s mission is to ensure British expats do not lose their social and economic rights either in France, Britain and Europe, as well as to achieve a close working liaison with British, French and European authorities.

Regular events are held in all parts of the Cote d’Opale, and prove invaluable for introducing members to one another. They also provide a valuable means of raising funds to support the aims of the association.

Cancer Support France

CSF offers support in English to anyone affected in any way by cancer. Support, which may include language support, is arranged following an initial request for help, and is given without charge.

Our trained volunteers, who abide by our strict code of confidentiality, support clients by listening and helping them cope whith living with cancer.

We are 15 associations, whose contact details are available on our website; however, support is available wherever you live.

National help-line
08 00 24 02 00 (your call is taken on an answerphone and the National helpline is now free from a land-line - please ignore the short message in French which precedes the English message)
Calls are picked up every day and a response normally made within 24 hours.

E.N. VOL. (Equipes Nouvelles de Volontaires)

E.N.VOL, Equipes Nouvelles de Volontaires – English-speaking Volonteers Founded by the late Mireille Bollinger, the volunteers have opened an English-speaking welcome and information service at the Barbès building of the Institut Hospitalier Franco-Britannique, destined to help with the out-patient maternity department and the British doctor’s consultations on Thursdays. Bilingual volunteers are most welcome to join the team.

IHFB, 3 rue Barbès , 92300 Levallois
For information please contact :

The Hertford British Hospital Charity (HBHC)

Sir Richerd Wallace funded the Hertford British Hospital in 1872.

The 9th Marquess of Hertford is the Patron of the Charity and the Wallace Collection is reprsented on the Board of Trustees.

In 2008 the HBHC joined with the Hôpital Notre Dame du Perpétuel Secours to create a larger, more modern hospital in Levallois - the Institut Franco-Britannique (IHFB).

The "Art at the Hertford" committee organises a yearly Exhibition to enable local artists to show their work on both premises. Full detail at - under "Art at the Hertford" menu.

3 rue Barbès , 92300 Levallois-Perret
01 47 57 19 45

SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity/SSAFA France

SSAFA covers the whole of France and The Association seeks to relieve the need, suffering and distress of all those who have served, or are still serving, and their families of all 3 Services provided they have received at least 1 day's pay, including National Service, and regardless of rank. Should you need help, please contact SSAFA France.

Chairman - Col Chris Haskell - 05 53 24 92 38 or

Secretary - Mrs Lesley Blake - or

Mrs Lesley Blake is the point of contact for SSAFA France and all communications regarding subscriptions, updates and meetings should come to her -

SOS HELP Crisis line in English: 01 46 21 46 46

SOS Help provides emotional support by telephone to anyone in France who prefers to speak in English. Callers may speak in confidence and anonymity about whatever is on their mind to a non-judgmental, trained volunteer listner.

SOS Help is part of the SOS Amitié Federation, member of Befrienders International and with links to the Samaritans in the UK.

Chair - Katsy Blamont - 01 46 21 46 46


SPRINT a non-profit organization, is a group of English-speaking and bilingual professionals who work with children with special needs.


SPRINT's aims are two-fold. It offers the Anglophone community information and referral services and presents specialists with an opportunity to network.
SPAN : Sprint Parent Action Network for parents of children with special needs
Contact Valerie

The British Charitable Fund

We help people of all ages and from all walks of life, who are resident in France and find themselves, for whatever reason, in financial need or distress.

Through a wide range of discretionary grants, we can provide continuing support for the elderly, and give prompt, temporary assistance to younger people and families to overcome short-term difficulties.
The BCF is a UK registered Charity, n° 243880.

The BCF office is open Monday to Thursday. 10 am to 5 pm.

01 47 59 07 69

The Franco-British Foundation

Created by French and British trustees of the Knightsbridge-based British Committee of the French Red Cross who had co-ordinated Britain’s effort to treat wounded French servicemen in British-run hospitals throughout France during WW1, the FFBS has had its headquarters at the Château de Sillery, south of Paris, since 1919.

It now has 9 training establishments and workshops in the Essonne, the Val de Marne and Brittany where its 300 qualified staff - case workers, nurses, doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists - care for 800 partly handicapped and/or psychologically-challenged individuals from 14 nationalities aged from 18 to retirement age and beyond. The fondation’s aim is to help them manage their disabilities, acquire living and employment skills and, ultimately, to help them live independent, working lives.

President - Brigadier Johnny Rickett CBE

Vice-President - Colonel Geoffrey Cardozo MBE
Fondation Franco-Britannique de Sillery
Château de Sillery
91360 Epinay-sur-Orge

The Salvation Army (Armée du Salut)

The Salvation Army has well-established evangelical and social centres in seventy places in France, where a practical expression of Christian faith operates in much the same way as in centres in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Most of the officers are French, and the leaders are ultimately responsible to the movement’s international headquarters in London.

Responsable du Service SI - Micha Karapétian
60 rue des Frères Flavien, 75976 Paris Cedex 20
01 43 62 25 56
06 21 64 44 38
01 43 62 25 00 fax

TOC ‘H’ Association

The Paris Branch was started in 1937. The aim is for elderly British subjects to keep contact with each other, so monthly teas are organised and a Christmas party is held. When possible they are taken out for a day in the country and are visited at home when they are not well. Most meetings and activities take place at St Michael’s Church, 5 rue d’Aguesseau, 75008 Paris.

Chairman - Valerie Chemama
01 64 21 72 13


Brantôme Police Horses

Brantôme Police Horses provides care and rehabilitation for many horses and ponies alongside donkeys, dogs, cats, sheep, goats and chickens.

We are situated in the heart of the countryside, ten minutes north of Brantôme, South West France. Our primary aim is to provide a safe and caring environment for retired British Police Horses, for the rest of their lives.

La Grange 24530 St Pancrace
05 53 05 86 80
President Roland Phillips


The British Association of the Var

The British Association has had a presence in the Var since 1998 where membership has grown steadily and today is over 500 strong.

The association represents and promotes the interests of its members and British people residing in or visiting the Var. Over the years, we have built up an invaluable fund of knowledge and expertise in all matters concerning life in France: few problems encountered by newcomers are unfamiliar to us and help is always at hand.

Although our charitable and welfare work is important, we do not believe that good works have to wear a glum face. Our calendar of fund-raising and other social events is extensive because it reflects what members enjoy doing. At other times you will find us in language groups, painting circles, dramatic performances and guided tours of interesting towns and villages.

Chairman: Rob Flanagan

Association & Charity

815 Chemin des Gourettes  06370 MOUANS SARTOUX

Tel/Fax : 04 93 47 94 20


Sunny Bank Association and Sunny Bank Charity are both loi 1901 associations with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as patron. Sunny Bank is involved in the Victoria Residential Home and the running of "the Grange", Sunny Bank's headquaters and library, open 9 am to 3 pm every Thursday, with an 'open house' every third Saturday.

Sunny Bank also operates locally as a charity to support elderly Anglophone residents who are unable financially to meet their health or retirement home needs in South-east France. The website contains useful information on these in English and French.


Address : 815 chemin des Gourettes  06370 Mouans-Sartoux  Alpes-Maritimes

Chairman : Stuart Bateman - 04 93 40 27 16

Vice-Chairman and Secretary : Brian Woolf - 04 93 42 01 82


British Association of Nice

Its website says: "Formerly part of the British Association of the Alpes Maritimes, the British Association of Nice is an independent association.

We help those in need and also organise social and cultural events in Nice and the region at which new friends can be made, and common interests shared. We believe in putting people and social needs together is a pleasure and worthwhile. We don't only do fun things. We can provide welfare assistance where needed. This could be making hospital visits, financial assistance, providing a friendly listening ear, helping with French administrative matters, whatever your need, ask us and we will try to help.

Anyone over the age of 16 who supports the aims of the BAN can join, whatever their nationality. The annual membership fee is 10 euros. We can assist British nationals and their families, whether resident here or passing through Alpes Maritimes. We can also help promote good Anglo French relations.

The British Association Alpes Maritime

The British Association of the Alpes Maritimes is a registered 1901 charity which has been in existence for over 50 years. It is run solely by volunteers and aims to help British residents in (and visitors to) the Alpes Maritimes, providing help to those new to the area and for those who encounter unexpected problems such as illness, accidents, bereavement or financial difficulties.

For more information on the Association, and on news and events, please go to