The official site for the British Community Committee of France

Help for the Needy

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) 01 46 34 59 65 / (French) 09 69 39 4020

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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 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, no. 243 880 represented by the British Charitable Fund in France, an association registered under the law of 1901. The BCF office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10am to 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 telephone and email help-line
Please call 08 00 24 02 00 (your call is taken on an answerphone and the National helpline is free from a land-line) or send an email to
All contacts are picked up regularly during the day and a response will be made within 24 hours.

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. However, in the current health crisis we are shut to the public. We look forward to reopening. Please contact us for details. which we can help you, your family and those dear to you.

1267 Chemin du Train de Pignes Ouest  83510 Lorgues

Tel: 04 89 82 68 51

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



A non-profit organisation of English-speaking and bilingual professionals, SPRINT works with special needs children of all ages. We offer the Anglophone community information, referral services, support provision of appropriate education in international and bilingual schools and provide networking opportunities for specialists. SPRINT hosts meetings and discussions on learning - and disability- related topics. Members include credentialled professionals for all learning needs (please see website for list of members).

SPRINT supports EKIPP (SPRINT Parent Action Network) for parents of children with special needs. EKIPP meets regularly to support families, organise play groups and offer informational sessions.

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EKIPP contact: Erin Reeser,

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Sunnybank Association

Sunnybank Association has HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as Patron. 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 operates locally to support elderly Anglophone residents who are unable financially to meet their retirement home needs in South-East of France (Alpes-Maritimes and the Var regions). The website contains useful information on these in English and French.

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

President: Jeremy Daynes,

Secretary : Jill Shepperd,