Are you British, in France, and in need of help?
Is there an English-speaking Franco-British organisation helping those in need where you live in France, but not yet listed here? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Several charitable and voluntary organizations exist to provide help to the British in France who have fallen on hard times, or who need short-term help to tide them over. In most cases, these organizations focus on particular types of problems or people. If you are in financial or other difficulty, ask them whether they can provide the kind of help you need.
Alcoholics Anonymous (English-speaking)
01 46 34 59 65
Expat Citizen Rights in EU
Expat Citizen Rights in EU (ECREU) is a voluntary group set up to ensure the rights of UK citizens living in the EU are foremost in the minds of those negotiating their future after Brexit.
We make British MPs and negotiators aware of citizen's concerns and willing to make them a priority in any negotiations resulting from the UK's decision to leave the EU.
Membership is free via our web site – www.ecreu.com
Elizabeth Finn Care
Elizabeth Finn Care gives financial assistance to people who experience unexpected changes in their circumtances. Assistance is given to help those who have less than 5000 euros in accessible savings and are on a low income.
By giving just that little bit more money beyond state benefit provision, Elizabeth Finn Fund enables people to pay for the things they vitally need, take charge of their lives once more, and plan for a future.
We assist those who have worked in a professional career, however our scope is wide ranging, and those whose employment has ceased through ill health or redundancy. We also assist retired people. Where unable to assist, we signpost to other charities.
E.N. VOL. (Equipes Nouvelles de Volontaires)
E.N.VOL, an association registered under the law of 1901, was founded in 1984 by the late Mireille Bollinger. Its objective is to provide a team of British volunteers to visit patients at the Hertford British Hospital. E.N.VOL looks forward to working within the new structure of the hospital.
4 rue Gounod, 92400 Courbevoie
01 47 68 59 42
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.
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
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.
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 listener.
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
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 Midge Hopkin
31 rue de Paris, 92100 Boulogne Billancourt
06 25 40 60 43
PROVENCE - ALPES - CÔTE D'AZUR
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 www.britishassociation.info.