« The mission of the Federation is summed up by the few words that make up its name: to serve, promote and bring together the French associations present in Great Britain. »Jean-François Le Gal
Today, the Federation brings together more than fifty of them, in fields as varied as the arts (theater, public speaking, singing, literature), humanitarian and medical support, education, Franco-British cultural exchanges, welcome and mutual aid to facilitate integration in the United Kingdom, law, and regional cultures, to name but a few.
The Federation is part of a history that began more than three-quarters of a century ago, in 1942, and we hope to continue to enrich it with new and beautiful pages.
It is resolutely human in its functioning: it relies on the efforts and goodwill of all its volunteers, in particular those who make up its Committee, who agree to devote part of their time on a voluntary basis to help the French associative fabric.
To this end, the Federation organizes each year the “Salon des Associations”, allowing each of the associations present to meet and exchange, and to promote their actions to the whole French and Francophone community. The event is open to all and free of charge for members of the public.
The Salon (previously called Forum) has been held every year for seven years now. (The Ambassador, the Consul General, the Deputy of the French Abroad, the Senators of the French Abroad and the Consular Advisors/Delegates regularly honor us with their presence.
This event is an opportunity to discover or re-discover the vivacity of the French associative fabric as well as the diversity of the projects it carries.
The Federation also organizes, on a regular basis, thematic workshops, designed to help associations face the constraints and concrete challenges related to their operations. Workshops on ‘digital marketing’, ‘law’, ‘personal data’, ‘grants’ have been held in the last months and will continue this year.
The Federation also organizes every year, thanks to the precious support of the Consulate, a gathering of the different presidents of associations.
It works to celebrate the events that punctuate the life of the French community (June 18, July 14, November 11, to give but a few examples).
It promotes, on a daily basis, to its network, the actions undertaken and events organized by the associations. It publishes a quarterly newsletter and a monthly “Spotlight” on a member association, in order to contribute to the visibility of projects carried out by the French associative network.
In short, the Federation exists only to help and serve.
To serve and promote, on a voluntary basis, the charitable and social project carried by the associations.
On behalf of the team,
Jean-François Le Gal