Support Groups

Advice and contact office for foreign women and their families. Josefstrasse 92, 8005 Zurich.
English Forum Switzerland
The English-language community website for Switzerland. Members of this site discuss topics on day to day activities, property selling, purchase, English film nights, different social and commercial events and activities are shared on this platform.
AA Alcoholics Anonymous
A global self-help organisation for people with alcohol problems. English-speaking meeting on Sunday evening at 18:30. Call for English-speaking locations.
Support for Mothers (Mutterhilfe)
A non-profit organisation that offers information and assistance to expectant mothers. English- speaking help available. At Badenerstrasse 18, 8004 Zurich.
Expat information source and web magazine that focus on international moms living in Switzerland for any length of time and with children of all ages.
Temasek Club Switzerland
Association that offers advice and events for the Singaporean community living in Switzerland. c/o Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore, Avenue du Pailly 10, 1219 Geneva.
Team that provides work shops and individual packages to help settling down socially. With an English website.
Expat Women
Global website that aims to help women living overseas. Includes content pages, blogs, stories, interviews, articles and a monthly newsletter.
Battered Women
(Verein zum Schutz der misshandelten Frauen). The Frauenhaus in Zurich (locations across Switzerland) takes in mistreated women and their children who are in need of immediate shelter. No address is given for security reasons.
The Powerhouse
Internationally-focused network for professional women - whether currently in the work force or not. Aims to help women build and maintain dialogues, professional skills and the confidence to cope with lifes day to day activities.
Basel Childbirth Trust BCT
For English speaking expectant parents and families with young children, offering support and information about birth and parenthood in Switzerland. Contact Jane Meldrum.
Evangelical Womens Assoc.
A womens centre funded jointly by the City of Zurich and the Church. Offers both legal and psychological counselling for women.
OA Overeaters Anonymous
A self-help group with English-speaking groups that meet on Tuesday at 20:00 and Friday at 15:00. On-line support also offered to members. At Cramerstrasse 7, 8000 Zurich.
English community of international minded expats and locals in Geneva, Zurich, Lausanne, Basel and Bern. 5 ave de la Foret, 1202 Geneva.
Foundations for Learning
Learning support specialist that occupies teachers and therapists with English as an additional language.
The Helping Hand (Schweizer Verband Dargebotene Hand
An anonymous emergency telephone service for crisis counselling available 24 hours. English- speaking counsellors available upon request.
Womens Center (Frauenzentrum Zurich)
An independent womens organisation, not affiliated with a political party or church, seeking to serve womens interests at home and at work. Tuesday and Thursday 14.00-17.00, Friday 10.00-13.00. Mattengasse, 27, 8004 Zurich.
Information Center to Support the Integration of Foreigners...
An office offering language courses and general advice on all integration questions for people new to Zurich and Switzerland. Open daily, with multilingual staff. Stadthaus, stadthausquai 17, 8022 Zurich.
Rape Center (Vergewaltigung Nettelefon)
A direct line with immediate help in cases of rape. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 09:00-12:00/13:00-17:00 and Wednesday 15:00-17:00, plus Tuesday 17:00-19:00.
A support group for families and friends of alcoholics that meets to discuss the problems of living with an alcoholic, and learning how to cope with daily life. Call for English-speaking meetings times and locations.
Mami Cafe
Network for international moms living in Switzerland. Useful information, forum, chat, blogs and notifications about future events.
Swiss Association for Single Parents (SVAMV)
Organises self-help groups, other programmes and luncheons.
Association of Midwives (Hebammenverband)
Help provided for women wanting assistance from women specialising in assistance with home births. (Telephone number for Zurich assistance.)Flurstrasse 26, 3000 Bern.
Information website and service centre for expatriates living in or moving to Basel.
ASK All Special Kids Bern
A volunteer, non-funded parent network that aims to support the families of children with special needs and learning difficulties. Programs, Summer Camps, and social get-togethers for members and families organised.
La Leche League (LLL)
Monthly meetings take place for mothers to share ideas on babies, caring for infants, breast feeding and young children. Mothers may bring their children along. Pregnant women are also welcome to attend. Address is LLL Schweiz, Postfach 197, 8053 Zurich.