Charities & Support Groups

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Helps British residents throughout 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, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
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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.
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.
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
Red Cross / Croix Rouge
International volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis.
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.
Espace Benevolat
Helps you find the right volunteer opportunity in Paris. Visit website for more information.
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.
American Battle Monuments Commission
Agency responsible for maintaining the American war monuments and memorials in France. Their website provides a listing of American memorials accessible from Paris and across France. 
The Royal British Legion
British association supporting, and campaigning for, the ex-service community.
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.
E.N.Vol (Equipes Nouvelles de Volontaires)
British and French volunteers that assist at the Hertford British Hospital.
Daughters of the American Revolution
Organisation that promotes American history and education, preserves American landmarks and supports military veterans. 61 boulevard des Invalides (Arr 7).
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.
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)
American Legion
American veteran's support organization.
Franco American Community Center
Community centre located in the American Church of Paris. Based at 65 quai d'Orsay (Arr 7) Metro: Alma
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.
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.
American Aid Society
The American Aid Society has been helping Americans in need in France since 1922. 
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.
Expat Women
Comprehensive global website offering support and information for women living abroad.
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.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is part of the United Nations and has been supporting migrants and refugees all around the world for over 70 years.  Based in Paris, the IOM France has opened a temporary office in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany,...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Support group for parents and families of children with special needs.
Kids Turn Paris
Support program for English-speaking families to help them through parental separation/divorce.
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.
Cancer Support France Association
Support for English speaking people living in France whose lives have been affected by cancer including care-givers: telephonic support; assistance with system navigation and language barriers; home and hospital visits when possible.
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)
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.
Serve the City Paris
Serve the City Paris is part of the Serve the City global movement of English-speaking volunteers showing kindness in practical ways to help the people in Paris, who are in need. 
Groupement des Aphasiques Picards (GAP)
Association offering support, help with rehabilitation and practical advice for people who are aphasic and their families.
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.
Codependents Anonymous France
CoDA (Codependents Anonymous) is an international program of recovery for those who are suffering from problems in their relationships with others and themselves. Meetings and supportive fellowship are available throughout France and via distance in Frenc...
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
Work with local nonprofits to build high-impact, group-based volunteer projects. Volunteers sign up through the website.
SOS Help
01 46 21 46 46 - SOS Help, the English emotional support line for the international community in France. Listen in your language from 5pm to 9pm daily. 
La Leche League Paris English Group
Association to promote and support breast feeding. Monthly meetings, a lending library and telephonic consultations are available.