The official site for the British Community Committee of France

Help for the Needy

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

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:

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

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



A non-profit organisation of English-speaking/bilingual professionals, who work with children having special educational needs/disabilities and their families. SPRINT offers the Anglophone community information, referral services, support, provision of appropriate education in international/bilingual schools, and networking opportunities for specialists. SPRINT works with member schools, offering professional development, and hosts meetings and discussions on inclusion, learning, disability and therapy-related topics. Members include credentialed professionals for learning needs as well as various types of therapy.

Contact: or

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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