The official site for the British Community Committee of France

Charitable Work

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is non-professional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

Helpline (English) 07 56 98 45 71 / (French) 09 69 39 40 20

Volunteer Dennis      

Bon Coeur

Our objective is to raise funds which we distribute to many local good causes - human and animal. We have a shop in 47470 Beauville - open regularly with clothes, books, brocante and jewellery, an annual giant book sale on 1 May, a friendly Franco-Britannic boules tournament on 14 July, and a Grand Bazaar in the autumn. We also assist with neutering errant cats.

In about 8 years we have made donations of almost €100,000, generally for smaller local Associations.

President - Charles Miskin

Treasurer -

Secretary -

General enquiries -

Facebook page

The British Association of the Var

The Association originally began in 1998, and today has circa 400 members. We represent and promote the interests of our members, their families and friends – in fact all British people residing in or visiting the Var.

We help British people in difficulty, and those who encounter unexpected problems such as illness, accidents, bereavement or financial difficulties.

We hold a range of social events reflecting what members enjoy doing, such as a boules and golf groups, painting circles, and coffee mornings.

Chairman: Rob Flanagan

The British Charitable Fund

We help British people of all ages and walks of life, resident in France, falling into financial need or distress. Through discretionary grants, we provide continuing support for the elderly or temporary assistance to younger people during short-term difficulties. Donation support (via website) is vital to continue current aid levels. The UK registered BCF is represented in France by the British Charitable Fund in France. Our office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 am – 5 pm.

01 47 59 07 69

Cancer Support France

CSF offers emotional and practical support in English to any Anglophone in France affected by cancer. Our free confidential support can be for the patient, carer or family member, and this may include help with the French language. Our trained client support volunteers help clients to cope with living with cancer.

CSF's 17 associations offer support locally or at a distance wherever a client may live.

National help-line :08 00 24 02 00

The Dordogne Ladies Club International

Formed in 1986 as a not-for-profit association for women living in and around the Dordogne, we are a vibrant and enthusiastic community of all ages and nationalities (with English as the common language). Our ethos is networking, cultural exchange, friendship, support, welfare and raising money for local charities. Current members from all over the world provide mutual support for new lives in France and get together for social gatherings throughout the year. Annual membership is 25 euros

President: Kathy John


E.N.VOL. is a 1901 association providing a team of fully bilingual English/French speakers to assist patients at the Hôpital Franco-Britannique in Levallois-Perret. Due to the present circumstances, the service is temporarily suspended until further notice. However English-speaking medical consultations for maternity will continue on Thursday mornings with Dr Gunita Jolly.

3 rue Barbès, 92300 Levallois-Perret

The Franco-British Foundation de Sillery

Created by French and British trustees of the British Committee of the French Red Cross who had coordinated Britain’s effort to treat wounded French servicemen in British-run hospitals throughout France during WW1, the headquarters has been at the Château de Sillery since 1919.

350 qualified staff care for 850 adults from 14 nationalities in 11 training establishments and workshops in Essonne, Val de Marne and Brittany. FFBS aims to help these individuals manage their disabilities, acquire living and employment skills and, ultimately, to lead independent, working lives.

President - Colonel Geoffrey Cardozo CBE

Vice-President - Annette Gilles

Fondation Franco-Britannique de Sillery

Château de Sillery, 91360 Epinay-sur-Orge

The Hertford British Hospital Corporation, Paris ("HBHC")

HBHC makes available to the Hôpital Franco-Britannique-Fondation Cognacq-Jay (“HFB”) the hospital premises located in Levallois-Perret. It also provides accommodation to the International Centre for Dermatology (Centre International de Dermatologie) – which became part of HFB on 1st January 2021 - and to the British Charitable Fund.

“Art at the Hertford” has been suspended pending work in the hospital and because of the Covid pandemic.

All medical services are provided by HFB.

3 rue Barbès, 92300 Levallois-Perret (maternity and geriatrics)

4 rue Kléber, 92300 Levallois-Perret (all other medical services)

Appointments  01 46 39 22 00 or online

Phoenix Association

Phoenix is a non-profit organisation managed and run exclusively by volunteers, operating across the Dordogne and surrounding departments. The members are mainly British but also French, Dutch and some other nationalities.

We take in abused or abandoned animals for rehabilitation and re-homing. We act as intermediary between SPA shelters and people wishing to adopt from them. The Spring and Autumn Book Fairs are the stars of the yearly social events.

President Gillian Le Solleu

Riviera Lifeline

Riviera Lifeline is a non-profit, non-denominational organisation serving the Var and the Alpes Maritimes. Our volunteers help seniors to continue independent lives across the French Riviera for example visiting seniors at home, lending a sympathetic ear and offering companionship. We can usually be found at The Grange on Thursdays and the third Saturday each month.

Please contact us for details.

1267 Chemin du Train de Pignes Ouest  83510 Lorgues

Tel: 04 89 82 68 51

The Royal Air Forces Association, Ile de France Branch

RAFA Île-de-France was created on merging RAFA Paris and RAFA Saint-Germain-en-Laye (founded in 1946 and 1956 respectively). Members included French veterans who responded to the 18 June 1940 call of Charles de Gaulle, by escaping to England and joining the Free French Forces in the RAF, the Royal Navy and British Army. Sadly, many have now passed on and it is our duty to keep their memory alive.

Ile-de-France Chairman: Wing Cdr Graham August RAF (Rtd), Tel: 09 54 75 23 42

The Royal Air Forces Association, Lyon “Jubilee” Branch

Founded in 1977, our primary concern is for the welfare of members and ex-members of the RAF family and their dependents living in the Lyon area. Throughout the year we are proudly present with our RAFA Standard Bearer at National celebrations such as VE Day, 11 November and at the many memorial sites in the area commemorating the human sacrifice of RAF and allied Airmen in WWII. We welcome any new members with like-minded motives.

President Sean Brady,

Chairman Brian J Millar MRAeS,

Branch Secretary Rémi Bouché,

Branch Treasurer Leslie Blankley FRAeS,

Welfare Support Officer Steve Allcock,

The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), Sud-Ouest France

RAF Association Sud-Ouest France (Loire to Spanish border). Membership comprises RAF veterans of many nationalities and those with an interest in all things aeronautical.

We meet regularly all over our region. Our support team of trained welfare officers takes active care of veterans and their dependents. We attend ceremonial commemorations remembering those RAF personnel who gave their lives in SW France. We are the charity that supports the RAF family.

Chair Squadron Leader Beryl Dennett Stannard RAF (Retd), Tel: 06 89 90 55 82

Secretary Squadron Leader Terry Dennett RAF (Retd), Tel: 05 46 95 38 89

RAFA Sud-Ouest website

The Royal British Legion, Lyon Liberation Branch

The Lyon Liberation Branch covers the Rhône-Alpes & Burgundy regions. The aims of the Branch are those of the RBL world-wide: we help serving and ex-service personnel and their families, and we raise funds through the Poppy Appeal. We are present with our Standard at a number of events during the year, and, together with the RAFA Lyon Jubilee Branch, we are involved in the annual Remembrance Ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery at St. Germain au Mont d’Or, a few kilometres north of Lyon.

Chairman: Simon Wesley -

Vice-Chairman: Brian Rosen -
Secretary: Mary Vince -

The Royal British Legion, Paris Branch

The Paris Branch, founded in 1921, can provide financial assistance for ex-Servicemen and women and their dependents in France, this being funded by the Poppy Appeal.

Ceremonies are organised at the Arc de Triomphe on 4th August and in the Cathedral of St. Louis, Les Invalides on 11th November since the devastating fire at Notre-Dame.

Membership is open to ex-Service and serving Service personnel, and to all who abide by the aims of the Legion. The Clubhouse premises may be available for use by Associations or for private events for a donation to the Royal British Legion.

For further details our website is :

28 rue des Acacias, 75017 Paris

Branch Chairman: David Bean, Tel: 01 39 12 14 28,

Secretary: Janet Warby, Tel: 01 39 28 90 28,

House Manager: Elaine Taylor, Tel: 06 03 36 09 87,

In addition to the Paris branch, there are the following RBL branches in France :

Bordeaux: Hon. Secretary - Anthony Dingle

Nord/Pas de Calais: Hon. Secretary - Anne Campbell-Towler, Tel: 03 21 41 58 64,

Lyon: see separate listing

Nice-Monaco: Chairman - Cdr Michael Healy MBE, Tel: 04 93 01 30 00,

Somme: Hon. Secretary - Anita Platt,

Central Brittany: Hon. Secretary - Kevin Ball,

SOS Help in English

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, a member of Befrienders International and has links to the Samaritans in the UK.

Chairperson Christine Payne,, Tel: 06 22 41 61 85


SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity/SSAFA France

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885.

Last year our teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 85,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans to those who have served in more recent conflicts or are still currently serving, and their families.

SSAFA France provides this support for our Forces veterans and their families here in France.

Should you need help, please contact: 

Chairman: Keith Cima, Tel: 05 53 24 92 38,

Secretary: Mrs Lesley Blake,

Sunnybank Association

Sunnybank Association is involved in The Victoria Residential Care Home and the Albert Retirement Apartments, operated by the French company EMERA (, and the running of ‘The Grange’, Sunnybank Association’s headquarters, social centre and library, open 10 am to 3 pm every Thursday, with an ‘open house’ every third Saturday.

Sunnybank Association also supports elderly Anglophone residents who are unable financially to meet their retirement home needs in South-East of France (Alpes-Maritimes and the Var regions).

Address : 815 chemin des Gourettes  06370 Mouans-Sartoux, Tel: 04 93 47 94 20

President: Jeremy Daynes,

Secretary: Jill Shepperd

Treasurer: Mike Kenington


The Paris Branch, started in 1937, offers friendship and social contact for “senior” British citizens who may feel cut off and in need of a friendly smile in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tea, including sandwiches, cake and chat are on offer every second Monday of the month at different locations around the city. Special lunches also take place. Occasionally outings are organised to places of interest.

President  Valerie Chemama,, Tel: 01 64 21 74 13

The Old School

The Old School is a co-educational day school providing English curriculum studies for students aged 10 to 19 in a supportive environment with commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence. We attach a high value to creativity, imagination and the quest for knowledge and understanding.

We encourage students to discover and enjoy their individual strengths and capacities and develop fluency in English and French. We promote academic achievement and participation in the global community. We also provide English education in a local French primary school.

47410 St Colomb de Lauzun, Tel: 05 53 64 24 97