A number of CESC member associations exist to help support people in various kinds of difficulty.

American Aid Society
US Embassy Consular Section
2 avenue Gabriel
75008 Paris
01 43 12 22 22

The American Aid Society has been helping Americans in need in France since 1922. Office volunteers are needed to help return lost and found items to Americans, deliver food bags to stranded or robbed Americans, and conduct home visits to the elderly. Permanent residents are preferred for volunteer work.

The British Charitable Fund
12 rue Barbs
92300 Levallois-Perret
01 47 59 07 69
Email britishcharitablefund@orange.fr
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Equipes Nouvelles de Volontaires
c/o IHFB
3 rue Barbès
92300 Levallois
Email envol2009@gmail.com

Volunteers have reopened an English-speaking welcome and information service at the Barbès building of the Institut Hospitalier Franco-Britannique, destined to help with the out-patient maternity department and the British doctor's consultations on Thursdays. Bilingual volunteers are most welcome to join the team.

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GOAL Ball Paris
06 21 93 56 22
Web www.goalfrance.org

Founded in Ireland in 1977, GOAL works towards ensuring that the most vulnerable in our world and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental needs and rights of life: food, water, shelter, medical attention and literacy. It is non-denominational, non-governmental and non-political. See www.goal.ie for full details of their work.

The Paris branch of GOAL organises an annual GOAL Ball to raise funds in support of this international humanitarian agency. You can contribute to their work with money or items for auction or raffle at the Ball. Contact simon.mccarthy@goalfrance.org for details.

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Junior Guild of the American Cathedral
28 avenue George V
75008 Paris
01 53 23 84 00
Email cgpercie@orange.fr

The Junior Guild was founded in 1920 to provide an organization through which the women of the American Cathedral and other women in Paris could engage in charitable work. The Junior Guild's purpose is to raise money to use in charitable work, and to spend that money where it will do the most good. For well over 80 years the Junior Guild has given moral and financial aid to individuals and families referred by local agencies or interested parties.

In addition the Junior Guild gives financial help to various organizations aiding people in distress. These groups change from year to year but include the American Aid Society. Further, a donation is made to the American Cathedral after each major fundraising event.

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Junior Service League of Paris
34 avenue de New York
75116 Paris
01 43 14 08 48

The main mission of this women's organization is to support community projects through volunteer activity in the areas of health care, homelessness and child welfare. They have a cancer support group, and run a "Caf Cares" meals program the second Friday of every month at the American Cathedral in Paris. The Junior Service League, functioning as a service rather than as a social organization, welcomes new members and volunteers.

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Mother Support Group
01 58 60 00 53
Web www.messageparis.org
Email info@messageparis.org

MESSAGE Mother Support Group is a non-profit, financially and politically independent 1901 association, with over a thousand members, entirely run by volunteers. The primary aim of MESSAGE is to provide a support network for English-speaking parents or parents-to-be in the Paris area. All nationalities are welcome, although the group functions exclusively in English.

The association is active across the anglophone community in Paris and the suburbs, with a first-class, members-only website, a substantial quarterly newsletter, about 80 scheduled activities and get-togethers each month, as well as specific support services and other resources.

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Paris Ideal School
34 bis rue du Cotentin
75015 Paris
06 89 02 07 74
Web www.ideal-school.fr
Email parisidealschool@yahoo.com

Designed for autistic children, Applied Behavioral Analysis is an educational approach which combines behaviour analysis and intensive intervention to produce optimum integration into society by increasing behaviours considered appropriate and decreasing behaviours considered inappropriate.

Children who have autism need an individualised, structured context in order to learn. Studies have shown that the earlier an ABA program is initiated, the more far-reaching the results.

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Royal Air Forces Association
Web www.rafa.org.uk
Email meleniston@tiscali.fr

The Royal Air Forces Association provides friendship and welfare support to serving and ex-serving members of the RAF and their families throughout the world. Each year we help tens of thousands of people by offering a wide range of welfare services that include home and hospital visits from a volunteer field force; long-term residential care; short-term convalescent and respite breaks; sheltered housing resettlement advice and advice on war pensions.

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The Royal British Legion
8 rue Boudreau
75009 Paris
01 47 42 19 26
Web www.rblfrance.org

The Royal British Legion is a charitable organisation known throughout Britain. The Paris Branch has the distinction of being the very first Branch of the organisation, its articles actually pre-dating the official establishment of the RBL. The organisation acquired its premises right in the centre of the city at a time when such a thing was possible for a charitable organisation. Members benefit from a highly convenient pied terre in the centre of Paris. The Paris branch welcomes members of all nationalities and offers an attractive range of facilities and events for a very moderate subscription.

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Salvation Army
Web armeedusalut.fr

The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church as well as a registered charity. The Salvation Army is at work in 109 countries worldwide. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God and its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs. From its earliest days in the 19th century, the Salvation Army has accorded its women equal opportunities. Officers wear uniform to identify themselves to you. But you don't have to wear a uniform to take part in the work of the Salvation Army!

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St Anne's Guild
American Cathedral
23 avenue George V
75008 Paris
01 53 23 84 00
Web www.americancathedral.org
Email communications@american-cathedral.org

Thanks to St Anne's Guild volunteers, the Cathedral offers a weekly lunch for homeless Parisians, hosting a hot, sit-down, well-balanced meal for guests who seek not only food but acceptance in the warmth of the Cathedral's hospitality. Other Guild volunteers, through the Love in a Box program, provide holiday gifts to to several charities for distribution to thousands of needy children in Paris, Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Bulgaria.

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emotional support in English by telephone
01 46 21 46 46
Web www.soshelpline.org

SOS Help is a telephone listening service and crisis line for the English-speaking community in France. Trained listeners are available every day from 3pm to 11pm, including holidays. The service is confidential, anonymous, and non-directive. Information on community services and resources is also available for English-speaking callers.

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Sharing Professional Resources, Ideas and New Techniques
Web http://sprint.france.free.fr/sprint.html
Email sprint.france@free.fr

SPRINT acts as a referral service and information source for English-speaking families with children who have special needs. It also provides a network of connections and information for English-speaking and bilingual professionals. There is a specialized library at the American Cathedral with a selection of books and articles on related topics. This collection is available by appointment only.

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TOC H Association

Web toch.org.uk
Email mhopkin@free.fr

The Paris Branch was started in 1937. The aim is for elderly British subjects to keep in contact with each other, so monthly teas are organized and a Christmas lunch 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 Saint Michael's Church, 5 rue d'Aguesseau, 75008 Paris.

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Revised 26 June 2012