about US

Who are we? 


The Diocese in Europe is part of the Church of England.  We are a Christian presence in over 40 countries across continental Europe, reaching into Russia, Turkey and Morocco. You can find out more about the Diocese in Europe on our website.


We welcome your enquiry to access help, advice and support, which is available to UK Nationals living in France who may need additional help. 



What is the UK Nationals Support Fund Programme?

The UK Government has set up this Programme to help UK Nationals living in the EU who may have difficulty completing their residency applications and may need additional support. UK Nationals currently living in the EU will need to apply for residency to secure their rights under the Withdrawal Agreement. 


The Withdrawal Agreement on the UK’s exit from the EU was agreed in 2019 and has been in place since February 2020. The Diocese in Europe is one of eight voluntary sector organisations selected by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office to run projects across the EU. There are four such organisations working in France.


What is the Diocese in Europe Residency Support Project in France?


On this website, we provide information and resources covering the Residency Support Project which the Diocese in Europe is delivering in France.   


Our priority group for this project is to support UK Nationals aged 65 and over. 


Our main effort in France is centered on the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, which has the largest proportion both of UK Nationals living in France, and the highest number of UK Nationals who are in the 65+ age group.

We are providing web-based resources on applying for residency for all UK Nationals. 


To support residency applications in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, we’ve set up an initial Project team, and we’ll be recruiting for other posts in the team from October.  These will include roles in call helpline operations, case work handling and digital support, office and financial management.  


There’ll also be a staffed telephone helpline to take your calls on the French Government portal for residency applications.   


Sign up for updates on opportunities for recruitment and to volunteer to support the project. 


You can read more about our services here.  


Are there other organisations supporting the UK Nationals Support Fund Programme across France?


Yes. The Diocese in Europe is working alongside three other organisations across France to deliver the objectives of the UKNSF. These are:


FBN  - The Franco-British Network (Dordogne) 


IOM The International Organisation for Migration (Brittany, Normandy and Paris) 


SSAFA   The Armed Forces Charity (veterans across France) (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) 

You can access more information about these organisations and their regional UKNSF activities at the links above.  


The Programme is coordinated by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in London, supported by the British Embassy and Consulates in France.  


The UK Government publishes its guidance and advice on residency and other topics in its Living in France Guide, which includes the contact details and information on implementing organisations working in France.


In addition, the Diocese in Europe are providing local support to efforts in Spain by Age in Spain, with more information available at this link.


Contact us


To get in touch with us, you can send us an enquiry form.  It will take just a few minutes to complete.


User Survey


The aim of this survey is to gather information to help guide how we run the UKNSF Programme in France.  It’s designed for the needs of UK Nationals currently living in France.   The survey asks how much you already know about applying for residency and what sources of help and advice you will find useful in applying, when the French Government online portal goes live, expected in October 2020.  


We’ll also publish this survey widely in social and other media across France. Please help us to provide the support UK Nationals are likely to need by filling in your survey at this link and to spread the word – thank you!