Support Groups in Picardy Nord-Pas-de-Calais

English-speaking support groups and meetings for AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) following the 12 Steps programme, drug aid, cancer support meetings, AIDS and more...

Below find information on support groups in the Picardy region for the following:


Alcoholics Anonymous

There are no English-language Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings in Picardy and Nord-Pas-de-Calais, however there are French-language meetings available. An English-language meeting does take place in Mons, Belgium, which may be of interest to those living near the border.

  • For a list of English-language AA meetings in France: Click here
  • For a list of English-language AA meetings in Belgium: Click here
  • To find a French-language AA meeting in France: Click here

Al-Anon and Alateen

Al-Anon meetings provide support to the family, friends and those affected by an alcoholic in their lives. Alateen meetings are specifically for teenagers so affected. There are no English-language Al-Anon or Alateen meetings in Picardy and Nord Pas-de-Calais, however there are French-language meetings.

  • For contact information and a list of French-language Al-Anon and Alateen meetings by region: Click here

French-language help with alcohol addiction

The Addictions Drogues Alcool Info Service has a helpline available, in French only, for people seeking help for their addiction to alcohol.

Cancer Support

Cancer Support France is a network of affiliated non-profit English-speaking associations providing advice, support and information to those living with cancer, as well as their families. There is no Cancer Support France association in Picardy and Nord Pas-de-Calais, however the national office may be able to provide assistance.

Child Abuse and Abduction

Free and confidential support is available for abused children as well as parents in need of help. Service in English is not guaranteed.

  • Tel: 119

Missing Children Europe is an umbrella organisation of non-governmental organisations working in 16 member states in the EU (and Switzerland) to prevent child abductions and the sexual exploitation of children, and to facilitate investigations across country borders. The organisation assists parents who may not speak the local language where their child was abducted, or where an investigation is taking place. The organisation also works to support victims.

A hotline is available in France and other European countries for parents to report a missing child. Children who have been abducted, are lost or who have run away can also use the number for help, as can people who wish to report information on a missing child. The hotline is open at all times.

  • Missing Children Europe - Hotline
    Tel: 116 000

Drug Abuse

Narcotics Anonymous (Narcotiques Anonymes) is a non-profit fellowship offering recovery, through a 12-step program, from addiction to drugs.

  • Narcotics Anonymous
    Postal Address: 1 bis, rue Gutenberg, 93100 Montreuil Sous Bois
    Tel: 0800 88 12 88

There are no English-language meetings in Picardy and Nord Pas-de-Calais, however an English-language helpline is available.

  • Narcotics Anonymous English-language Helpline
    : 01 48 58 38 46

French-language help with drug addiction

The Addictions Drogues Alcool Info Service has a drugs helpline as well as a cannabis helpline available for people seeking help for their addiction. Service in English is not guaranteed.

Family Planning and Sexual Health

The French Movement for Family Planning (Le Mouvement Français Pour le Planning Familial - MFPF) offers information regarding contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, and childbirth in France. The organisation is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

SOS Femmes provides information, some in English, for women who need advice on contraception, sexuality and abortion. Advice and help is also available for victims of sexual abuse and assault. The site also provides links and contact information to relevant agencies.

Financial Support

Elizabeth Finn Care

Elizabeth Finn Care is a UK-based charity with a French branch office which helps former professionals in financial difficulty, providing one-off and ongoing financial help tailored to circumstances. The organisation also provides emotional support from experienced caseworkers and a volunteer network. Recipients must be of British or Irish nationality.


SIDA Info Service is an organisation offering support and information on AIDS and HIV. It provides a free and confidential service in English answering questions on other STDs and hepatitis. Questions can be sent via their website.

Mental Health

SOS Help provides help, via the telephone, to English-speakers living in France who may be feeling depressed, suicidal, lonely or sad.

  • SOS Help
    : 01 46 21 46 46
    Open: Daily 15:00-23:00

Newcomer's Groups

The Accueil des Villes Françaises (AVF) is a French organisation established to help newcomers (French or foreign) settle in an area. The AVF has branches throughout France and provides local information and assists with social integration.

  • For the AVF website: Click here
  • AVF Picardy (With branches in: Amiens, Beauvais, Chantilly, Compiègne, Clermont de l'Oise, Saint-Quentin, Senlis, Soissons) (in French)
    At: 11 rue Marc Sangnier, 80000 Amiens
  • AVF Nord Pas-de-Calais (With branches in: Boulogne, Calais, Cambrai, Doaui, Dunkerque, Le Touquet, Lille) (in French)
    At: CCI Grande Lille, Place du Théâtre, 59000 Lille

There are a number of international groups and social organisations in Picardy and Nord Pas-de-Calais.

Victim Support

The French Red Cross (Croix-Rouge Française) provides an emergency and psychological support service called Croix Rouge Ecoute, for those suffering from domestic violence, addictions, loneliness and social isolation. Assistance in English is not guaranteed.

  • Croix-Rouge Française (in French)
    At: 98 rue Didot, 75694 Paris Cedex 14
    Tel: 01 44 43 11 00
  • Croix-Rouge Ecoute
    : 0800 858 858

Women's Support Groups

SOS Femmes provides information in English for women who are, or have been, victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse or harassment.