The official site for the British Community Committee of France

Charitable Work

Al-Anon (English-speaking)

Al-Anon is a worldwide fellowship of men and women whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. It is non-professional, self-supporting and apolitical. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend. Details of English-speaking meetings in France on

Contact or 06 75 55 79 28

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of people 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 their drinking problem.

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

Volunteer Dennis

Bon Coeur

We raise funds which we distribute to many local causes - human and animal. We have a shop in 47470 Beauville - open regularly with clothes, books, brocante and jewellery, and two annual Grand Bazaar sales – one in spring and one in autumn. We conduct a Franco-Britannic boules tournament on 14 July and we assist with neutering errant cats. Since inception, we have made donations of over €110,000, generally to smaller local Associations.

President - Charles Miskin

Treasurer -

Secretary -

General enquiries -

Facebook page

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

Cancer Support France has been supporting English-speakers in France who are touched by cancer since 2002. Free, confidential, emotional and linguistic support is offered on a one-to-one basis by our trained volunteers for the patient, their carers or loved ones. With a network of 14 local associations, we can offer support face to face or remotely by telephone, e-mail or other secure means.

National help-line: 0800 240 200

Support e-mail:



President: Sue Smith:

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: Lin Green


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.

Fondation Franco-Britannique de Sillery

Château de Sillery, 91360 Epinay-sur-Orge

President - Colonel Geoffrey Cardozo CBE

Vice-President - Annette Gilles

The Hertford British Hospital Charity (HBHC)

HBHC is a UK registered charity that manages both the original hospital building built by Sir Richard Wallace in Levallois-Perret in 1879 and the modern hospital building behind it. This building is made available to the Hôpital Franco-Britannique-Fondation Cognacq-Jay (“HFB”) and HBHC no longer directly provides any medical care. HBHC also supports the British Charitable Fund and, from 2022, other British charities in France.

All medical services are provided by Hôpital Franco-Britannique at their two sites.

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 medical matters and HBHC matters

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

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 Tiffany Stacpoole

Treasurer Alan Hughes

Secretary Kristina Abadie

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

We care for the welfare of the RAF family, serving or retired, and for their dependents; also for members who are ex-Free French aviators. Lyon Jubilee Branch covers an extensive area encompassing most of eastern France and we are proud to be present with our Standard Bearer, together with the RBL Lyon Liberation Branch and other military associations, at many memorial events in our area commemorating the human sacrifice of RAF, Commonwealth and Allied Airmen.

President Sean Brady,

Chairman Brian J Millar MRAeS,

Branch Secretary Shirley Faust,

Branch Treasurer Leslie Blankley FRAeS,

Welfare Support Officer Anne Daynes,

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 – Bordeaux & S.W. France Branch

It is thought that the branch existed before WWII but traces its current existence to 22nd November 1946. We cover Nouvelle-Aquitaine, and area larger than Scotland and have 4 priorities. Welfare support for the Military, Veterans and their Families. Liaison with other Military Charities in France. Raising funds for the Annual Poppy Appeal. Remembrance and Ceremonial duties in the area. Regular updates are posted on our Facebook Page.

Chairman: Duncan Andrews

Secretary: Philip Morrison  

Treasurer:  Paul Phillips MBE



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: Garth Drury -

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 the Ile-de-France Region, 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.

28 rue des Acacias, 75017 Paris Tel. 01 47 42 19 26

Branch Chairman: Richard Neave,

Branch Vice-Chairman: Pierre Quenot

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 & SW France *: see separate listing

Nord-Pas de Calais: Hon. Secretary - Jennie Knight,

Lyon: see separate listing

Somme: Hon. Secretary - Anita Platt,

Central Brittany: Secretary - Kevin Ball,

* This branch covers the whole of Nouvelle Aquitaine and is happy to help with Poppies, Wreaths and assistance anywhere in France not covered by another branch.

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 Lynne Dalrymple


SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity/SSAFA France

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

Last year our team of volunteers in France helped over 300 people.  Our support covers financial, welfare and administrative needs for veterans and their families in France, also some Merchant Navy and British Airways veterans.

Should you, or someone you know, need help, or wish to volunteer for casework, support the lonely, assist with fund-raising, then please contact 06 83 85 39 09.

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