How can I find out more about applying to join ESFG Lyon?

ESFG is a members-only association. Our membership criteria are outlined here along with a form that you can use to submit an initial application to join the association.

It’s Dad who is the English-speaker in our family…

Membership of ESFG Lyon extends to all family members, and either / both parents are welcome to take part in our activities. Our only rule is that any parent accompanying children to our playgroups and other regular events needs to be able to speak English to a high level, so that they can join in and enjoy themselves.

I’m a single mum. Is ESFG Lyon for me?

ESFG Lyon welcomes English-speaking families of all sizes and shapes and single parents, whether mums or dads, are welcome to join in all our activities.

Are any of your events held at the weekend so that working families can get involved?

It’s true that most of our regular events are held on week days, especially Wednesdays. At weekends, we run one Baby Playgroup event each month at our Hall in the 8eme, where parents and children (0 to 3yrs) can meet. We also organise outings and trips for families at the weekends: fruit-picking, picnics, visits to soft play / museums etc, and sports events. From time to time we organise an activity for older children (6+ yrs) at the weekend: pub quiz, trip to the Planetarium etc.

Members are also free to use the ESFG Calendar to organise their own events at the weekends and to invite other members to join them.

Is membership only for people living in the city? I live quite far outside Lyon.

Our members live in Lyon and beyond, sometimes quite far beyond! We generally leave it up to individual members to decide whether they are close enough to Lyon (where most of our events are held) to make membership work for them.

Are ESFG Lyon events just for new mums and their babies?

ESFG Lyon orgnises a wide range of events for different ages of children. These include regular English-language Playgroups for different age groups, which are held at our Hall in the 8eme district of Lyon. We also organise family trips, parents’ events, an annual ski trip, and many other activities for members. Members are encouraged to host smaller events at home or other child-friendly venues, such as parks or cafes. Find out more by clicking on the links above or using the ‘Activities’ tab.

We’re planning a move to Lyon and need to find an apartment / a school for our children / childcare for our baby. Can we join ESFG before we arrive in Lyon?

Generally, membership of the group is suited to those that live in Lyon and the surrounding areas. If you have not yet moved to Lyon, we’d suggest that you try some other sources of information about schools / househunting etc. These include the discussion forums at AngloInfo Lyon, and several Facebook groups including Parents in France, English Forum Lyon & Rhone Alpes, and Expat Women of Lyon. When you arrive in Lyon, and are ready to participate in our activities, feel free to get in touch via the Membership Enquiry Form.

I can’t get to ESFG Lyon Playgroups. Can my children’s grandparent / nanny bring them instead?

If your children’s caregivers are competent English-speakers and prepared to join in the activities at ESFG Lyon Playgroups, then they are welcome to bring your children to events.

Does ESFG Lyon provide English language lessons? Will coming to ESFG Lyon events teach my child to speak English?

If your child(ren) are already speaking English at home with a native English-speaking parent, it is likely that attending ESFG Lyon events will encourage them to keep doing so. However, ESFG Lyon does not provide English language lessons, and attending one or two events a month will not, on its own, teach a child to speak English. ESFG Lyon events can only ever provide a reinforcement of the English language that the child speaks / reads / writes / watches / listens to at home, with their parent(s)

We are not native English-speakers. Can we still join ESFG Lyon?

The priority for ESFG Lyon is to focus on the families of native-English speakers, and the great majority of our member families include at least one native English-speaking parent. More information on membership criteria and the process of applying for membership is available on our ‘How to Apply for Membership’ page here.

I work full-time and I don’t think I have time to help out much. Can I still join ESFG Lyon?

ESFGLyon is an entirely volunteer-run organisation. Although there is no requirement that everyone has to volunteer, it’s certainly a great way to give back to the association and to support its aims. People can help out in different ways: if you can’t make it to regular events during the week, you can offer to organise a Family Trip or a Night Out for Parents. If you can’t join the Committee, maybe you can offer to bring a cake to Playgroup. All contributions of time and energy are appreciated. Without volunteers, ESFGLyon would not exist.

How is ESFG Lyon run?

ESFG Lyon is a volunteer-run, member-led association. We have a Committee which oversees the organisation of the association. More information about the Committee, is available here.

What are the aims of ESFG Lyon?

ESMG Lyon aims to be:

“A place for native-English speakers and their families to network and support each other, while helping our children to maintain and develop their English language skills and develop an understanding of our culture”

ESFG Lyon has two main objectives. Firstly, to provide opportunities, such as playgroups and other activities, for the children of native English speakers to maintain and develop their English language skills. Secondly, to provide a support network for native English-speaking families living in Lyon and the surrounding area.

I’ve just had my first baby, and he isn’t speaking any language yet! Why should I join ESFG Lyon?

Many of our members are first-time mums with young babies. Although the babies might be far from talking, new (and expectant) mothers often appreciate the company of other English-speakers at this time,. ESFG Lyon provides opportunities for support and socialising at events specifically for babies such as baby groups, playdates and coffee mornings.

We also run a twice-monthly Baby Playgroup at our Hall in the 8eme, where young children and babies can play and take part in a variety of activities while parents enjoy a cup of tea, a slice of cake and some adult company!