ORGANISATIONS TO TURN TO FOR HELP

SOS HELP Crisis line in English:
SOS Help is a telephone listening service for the English-speaking community in France. Trained listeners are available every day of the year from 3 pm to 11 pm. The service is confidential and anonymous. In addition to compassionate, non-directive listening, we can provide information on community services and community resources available to English-speaking callers. SOS Help is staffed by volunteer listeners; other volunteers are involved in community liaison, fund-raising and publicity. Volunteers are always welcome, and should contact the above telephone number to request further information about recruitment and training.

Tel: 01 46 21 46 46
Elizabeth Finn Care, a UK-based registered charity (no. 207812), gives money to help people who have less than £4,000 in savings and, lacking enough household income, can only manage a bare hand-to-mouth existence.

By giving just that little bit more money beyond state benefit provision, Elizabeth Finn Care enables people to pay for the things they vitally need, take charge of their lives once more, and plan for a future. We help people whose former careers have been interrupted or ended through circumstances beyond their control: physical or mental illness, redundancy, family breakdown, or those struggling on low income in retirement. In many cases, people who apply to us have needs greater than we can meet, including needs for specialist advice and detailed information. In these cases we will work together with other charities to do as much as we can to help.

Contact for France - Mary Hughes, L’Escargot, 46 Le Village, 11270 Cazalrenoux, Tel: 04 68 23 43 79
mary.hughes@elizabethfinn.org.uk   www.elizabethfinncare.org.uk

E.N. VOL. (Equipes Nouvelles de Volontaires)
E.N.VOL, an association registered under the law of 1901, was founded in 1984 by the late Mireille Bollinger. Its objective is to provide a team of British volunteers to visit patients at the Hertford British Hospital. E.N.VOL looks forward to working within the new structure of the hospital.

4 rue Gounod, 92400 Courbevoie    Telephone: 01 47 68 59 42   envol2009@gmail.com

The Salvation Army (Armée du Salut)
The Salvation Army has well-established evangelical and social centres in seventy places in France, where a practical expression of Christian faith operates in much the same way as in centres in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Most of the officers are French, and the leaders are ultimately responsible to the movement’s international headquarters in London.

60 rue des Frères Flavien, 75976 Paris Cedex 20  01 43 62 25 00 / 01 43 62 25 56 fax 
Email: info@armeedusalut.fr   Website:  www.armeedusalut.fr

TOC ‘H’ Association
The Paris Branch was started in 1937. The aim is for elderly British subjects to keep contact with each other, so monthly teas are organised and a Christmas party is held. When possible they are taken out for a day in the country and are visited at home when they are not well. Most meetings and activities take place at St Michael’s Church, 5 rue d’Aguesseau, 75008 Paris.

Chairman Midge Hopkin, 31 rue de Paris, 92100 Boulogne Billancourt   Tel: 06 25 40 60 43  Email: mhopkin@free.fr

The British Charitable Fund
The British Charitable Fund was founded in 1823, and has since then helped many thousands of British residents in Paris and its surrounding areas, who are “in conditions of need, hardship or distress”. The BCF helps people of all ages and from all walks of life; some need help on a long-term basis, others for just a short time. The Charity’s main aim is to keep the many elderly beneficiaries secure in their homes and to provide adequate and acceptable lifestyles for younger families and individuals until they can become self-sufficient again. The BCF office is open all day Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Email: britishcharitablefund@orange.fr   Telephone in France: 01 47 59 07 69

NO PANIC FRANCE
No Panic was started over 15 years ago in the UK by Colin Hammond. Colin decided, after suffering from anxiety and agoraphobia for many years, that he would like to help fellow sufferers. He and his wife Marian set up a helpline that in its first year took 253 calls. The charity quickly grew and now takes over 60,000 calls a year, has over 95 volunteers and over 3000 members.

No Panic France was launched in August 2008, if you would like more details on our work or would like an information pack, please contact the No Panic France office on 09 79 67 65 14 or the No Panic France Helpline on 02 51 28 80 25.

Email nopanicfrance@orange.fr  or visit the website www.nopanic.org.uk 

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