Charities & Support Groups

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Parenting is always an adventure no matter where you are, but parenting far from family and friends - and in a different language and culture - can present challenges that no parent should endure alone. Message provides support and a network for English-s...
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Helps British residents in Paris and the Ile de France who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress. Assists people of all ages and from all walks of life. Contact for information and advice. Office open 10:00 - 17:00 Monday to Thursday.
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Womens Support Group for those experiencing violence in relationships. Focus on identifying abuse, legal rights, local resources, peer sharing and rebuilding self-confidence. Led by Jill Bourdais. Fortnightly, free - Tuesdays, in central Paris.
 
 
ABC Autism
Dedicated to raising awareness about autism and to bring help and hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. 36 rue du Cotentin (Arr 15). Metro: Volontaires.
SOS Help
01 46 21 46 46 - SOS Help, the English emotional support line for the international community in France. We listen in your language from 3pm to 11pm daily. www.soshelpline.org
Espace Benevolat
Helps you find the right volunteer opportunity in Paris. Visit website for more information.
The Salvation Army
Has well-established evangelical and social centres in various parts of France, where they express their Christian faith in practical ways, in much the same way as in centres in the UK.
TOC H Paris Branch
International charity and membership movement that organizes tea and friendship meetings on the second Monday of each month at St Michaels Church for retired members of the anglophone community in Paris. 5 rue dAguesseau (Arr 8)
benenova
Work with local nonprofits to build high-impact, group-based volunteer projects. Volunteers sign up through the website.
Gifted in France
Provides talks and presentations for parents, educators and mental health providers on the educational, social and emotional needs of gifted and twice exceptional children. Also organize activities for children including an annual Spelling Bee.
ELSA-France
ELSA France is a non-profit association currently comprising 21 fully affiliated schools, all of which are located in France. These schools and institutions all offer part or all of their respective curricula in English.
Red Cross / Croix Rouge
International volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis.
Franglish Wives Support
A group for wives living in France who need some extra support. The group offers monthly support group sessions with experienced psychologists, in addition to monthly social events and French lessons.
Overeaters Anonymous
Meetings are held regularly at different locations in and around Paris including the American Church in Paris at 65 Quai dOrsay (Arr 7) Metro: Alma Marceau
Eurordis
Non-governmental alliance of patient organisations representing more than 492 rare diseases patient organisations in over 46 countries. Paris office based at 96 rue Didot (Arr 14). Metro: Porte de Vanves or Porte dOrleans.
No Panic France
Helpline with trained helpliners offering support for sufferers of anxiety, phobias, panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder. Volunteer helpliners welcome to contact us for training.
The Ireland Fund of France
French division of The Ireland Funds a charitable organisation providing funds for worthy causes in Ireland and around the world.
La Leche League Paris English Group
Association to promote and support breast feeding. Monthly meetings, a lending library and telephonic consultations are available.
Kids Turn Paris
Support program for English-speaking families to help them through parental separation/divorce.
The Junior Service League of Paris
Working for the Franco-Anglo community in Paris, the JSLP is a non-profit organisation of international women participating in community service projects in the Paris area. 34 Ave de New York (Arr. 16) Metro: Alma Marceau.
Entre Amis de Disneyland Paris
Est. in 1997 by people associated with Disneyland Paris, this non-profit association provides community support to anglophones in the Marne la Vallee area. Monthly activities for adults and their families.
Weight Watchers Food
Internationally renowned weightloss and health programme. Group help and support organised in French and English. Centres across the Ile de France region.
Eurochips
European Network for Children of Imprisoned Parents is a European-wide initiative on behalf of children with an imprisoned parent. Seeks to boost awareness and achieve new ways of thinking, acting and interacting on issues concerning prisoners children.
Narcotics Anonymous
Regular meetings held in English at the Saint Georges Anglican Church. Meetings held at 20:00 on Mondays. Saint Georges Anglican Church. 7 rue Auguste Vacquerie (Arr 16) Metro: Kleber or Etoile
Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
International toll free crisis line and child abuse hotline for abused Americans living overseas. Domestic Violence Advocates available from Mondays through Friday. ATT toll free Direct Access number for France 08 00 99 00 11 (wait) 966 879 6636.
Make-A-Wish France
Association that grants the wishes of children and young people aged between 3 to 17 that are living with a life-threatening disease. Visit their website to volunteer, make a donation or to subscribe to their newsletter.
SPAN
Support group for parents and families of children with special needs.
Canadian Womens Association
Since 1978, this group has been providing members with a range of activities to foster ties among Canadian women residing in France, to promote Canada’s dual culture and to assist newcomers to France. 5 rue de Constantine (Arr 7). Metro: Invalides.
Positive Parents
Autonomy and positive self-esteem. Parenting training and workshops. Help your children be more autonomous, confident and capable of authentic communication by learning Transactional Analysis concepts as applied to parenting. 13 impasse des Nympheas (78)
Expat Women
Comprehensive global website offering support and information for women living abroad.
Lions Club of Yvelines Heraldic
English-speaking, mixed-gender Lions Club. Members are from a variety of countries including French citizens who have worked and lived overseas.
AVF
AVF is an association that welcome newcomers and provides information regarding all aspects of everyday life in France. Will introduce you to useful contacts and will connect you with people who will help you to discover your new town.
E.N.Vol (Equipes Nouvelles de Volontaires)
British and French volunteers that assist at the Hertford British Hospital.
YMCA/UCJG
The Paris YMCA serves as emergency or last minute housing option as well as a youth hostel. 14 rue de Trevise (Arr 9). Metro: Grands Boulevards.
Groupement des Aphasiques Picards (GAP)
Association offering support, help with rehabilitation and practical advice for people who are aphasic and their families.

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