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Last update on July 17, 2020

There are many excellent opportunities to get in involved in expat groups in Portugal.

Expat social groups

Americans in Portugal

Email: [email protected]
Website: www.americansinportugal.com
Americans in Portugal meets regularly, often with guest speakers or roundtable topics.  They also run cultural trips and charitable activities throughout the year. Most luncheons are open to guests as well.

British Community Council, Lisbon

Email: [email protected]
Website: www.bcclisbon.org
The British Community Council, Lisbon, brings together English speaking people from many walks of life to enjoy a wide variety of social, sporting and cultural events and helps support many charitable organizations.

The Royal British Club

Address: Apartado 126, 2765 Estoril
Tel: (+351) 21 468 1712
Fax: (+351) 21 468 1674
Website: www.royalbritishclub.pt
International business and social club. They arrange social events throughout the year, such as barbecues, summer dinner/dances, pub quiz nights, charity raising balls, and day trips. They also run business-sponsored lunches monthly in Lisbon.

Political / Commerce

American Embassy

Address: Avenida das Forcas Armadas 1600-081, Lisbon or
Apartado 43033, 1601-301 Lisboa
Tel: (+351) 21 727 3300
Fax: (+351) 21 726 9109
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.portugal.usembassy.gov

The British Embassy and Consulate

Address: Rua Sao Bernardo 33, 1249-082 Lisboa
Tel: (+351) 21 392 4000
Fax: +351 21 392 41 53
Website: ukinportugal.fco.gov.uk/en
The British Embassy in Lisbon represents the interests of Britain and the British Government in Portugal. The British Consulate looks after the interests of British Nationals visiting or living within the Lisbon Consular district which comprises of Lisbon, Evora, Beja, Faro, Coimbra, Guarda, Leiria, Portalegre, Santarém and Castelo Branco. Also included are the autonomous regions of the Madeira and the Azores Archipelago.

British Portuguese Chamber of Commerce

Address: Rua da Estrela n.8 1200-669, Lisbon
Tel: (+351) 213 942 020
Fax: (+351) 213 942 029
Email:  [email protected]
Website: www.bpcc.pt
With over 500 members, the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1911, is an independent, non-profit organization that sets out to promote the interests of its membership in respect to commercial links between businesses in the United Kingdom and Portugal.  They achieve this mainly through a program of networking events and by making available a number of very useful business services.

Cultural

British Council

Address: Rua Luis Fernandes 1-3,  1249-062 Lisbon
Tel: (+351) 21 321 4500
Fax: (+351) 21 347 6151
Website: www.britishcouncil.org/portugal.htm
The purpose of the British Council is to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and increased appreciation of the ideas and achievements of the UK.

The British Historical Society

Address: St. Julian’s School,
Quinta Nova,2766-601 Carcavelos
Tel: (+351) 21 458 3903
Website: www.bhsportugal.org
Founded in 1937, the society offers membership, a library, and trips to places of historical interest.

St. Andrew’s Society

Address: Edificio Turinta – Rua Marques de Pombal, 347, Murches, 2755-247 Cascais
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.standrews.com.pt
A non-profit organization, the St. Andrew’s Society’s aims and objectives encompass promoting, maintaining and extending interest in Scotland and in the Scottish culture and its heritage. To further these ends, the Society organizes recreational and cultural events during the year.

The English Speaking Union of Portugal

Address: British Council Rua Luis Fernandes 1-3, 1249-062 Lisboa
Tel: (+351) 21 390 5428
Website: www.esu.org/portugal
The English-Speaking Union’s first aim is to bring together and empower people of different languages and cultures. It draws upon the knowledge and efforts of its many members in Britain, the United States of America and in over fifty other countries around the world to offer networking opportunities and to build skills and confidence in communication.

The Lancaster Lodge

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (+351) 91 3064 061
Lancaster Lodge is a Masonic Lodge under the English Constitution and welcomes visiting Masons from other constitutions recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England

The Royal Society of St. George, Lisbon Branch

Address: Rua Fernao de Magalhaes, 2755-224 Alcabideche
Tel: (+351) 21 487 1303
The society’s aim is to further English interests by spreading knowledge of English history, traditions, and ideals. They also hold celebrations for English traditional holidays.

St. David’s Society

Tel: (+351) 21 397 8600 / 21 28 943 2956
St. David’s Society’s aim is to promote, maintain and extend interest in Wales and the Welsh culture and heritage. Membership is open not only to all persons of Welsh descent but also to anyone with connections to Wales or an interest in Welsh or Celtic affairs.

Sporting / Theatre

The Lisbon Casuals Sports Club

Address: Qta. Nova de Sto. Antonio,
2776-601 Carcavelo
Tel: (+351) 21 457 6684
Website: www.lisboncasuals.net
The Lisbon Casuals is a well-established multi-sports club based in the grounds of St. Julian’s School at Carcavelos on the Estoril coast.

The Lisbon Players

Address: Rua da Estrela no. 10,
1200 Lisboa.
Tel: (+351) 21 396 1946
Website: www.lisbonplayers.com.pt
The theatre group Lisbon Players was founded in 1947. It is a group open to people of all nationalities with interests in theatre and theatre skills. All members are unpaid.

Activist Clubs

Amnesty International

Address: Av Infante Santo, 42, 2e, 1350-179 Lisbon
Tel: (+351) 21 386 1664/ +351 21 386 1652
Fax: (+351) 21 386 1782
Email: [email protected]
Website: amnistia.pt
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote internationally recognized human rights.

Addiction Support

Alcoholics Anonymous

Tel: (+351) 21 716 2969
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.aaportugal.org>
AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to solve their common problems and help others to recover from alcoholism. Their primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Charities

Riding for the Disabled

Address: Casal S. Bras, Rua de Sto. Antonio, Areia 2750-066 Cascais
Tel: (+351) 96 2337 668
Fax: (+351) 21 484 4082
Riding for the Disabled, Cascais, operates seven times each week and cares for some seventy physically or mentally handicapped children and young adults. The association is charitable and relies solely upon donations and from the subscriptions of the membership.

The British Charitable Fund

Contact the British Community Council for more information:
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.bcclisbon.org/
Established in 1827.
Provides financial assistance to British citizens in proven need and resident in the Lisbon consular district which includes the islands of Madeira and Azores, the Algarve, Alentejo and as far north as Guarda.
Totally dependent upon charitable donations.

The Royal British Legion, Portugal Branch

Address: Rua Pedro Nunes, 24, 10A, 2780-142 Oeiras
Tel: (+351) 96 468 6183 / 91 330 4828
Website:www.britishlegion.org.uk
Dedicated to caring for men and women who have served in the British Armed Forces and their dependents. Membership of the Royal British Legion is open to all serving and ex-serving members of the British Armed Forces, their families, dependents, and to anyone who shares in the Legion’s aims.

The Women’s Royal Voluntary Service

Email: [email protected]
The WRVS exists to care for people in need. The WRVS in Lisbon is the only overseas branch of the organization and relies entirely on locally generated funding. It has a membership of over 100, all working on a voluntary basis. Help includes visiting elderly, shopping, knitting, collecting and distributing clothes and fundraising events for local charities. Volunteers are always welcome.

Trash & Treasure

Address: Praca do Junqueiro 5-B, Junqueiro,?2775-597 Carcavelos, Cascais
Tel: (+351) 21 457 3419
A charity shop in Praca do Junqueiro, Carcavelos (behind the Hotel Praia Mar) since 1973.
Items are accepted on a commission sale (30% of the selling price goes to charitable causes) and donations are always welcomed.

Churches

Irish Dominican Fathers (Roman Catholic)

Address: St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Rua do Murtal 368, 2765-541 Sao Pedro do Estoril
Contact: Father Gus Champion
Tel: (+351) 21 467 3771
Fax: (+351) 21 466 4659
Website: www.irishdominicansinportugal.com
English-language Masses are celebrated every Sunday at their three Mass Centres in the Greater Lisbon area.

St. Andrew’s Church of Scotland

Address: Rua Arriaga 13, Lisbon
Tel: (351) 218 043 410
Website: www.standrewslisbon.com
Main service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday (Sunday School and creche facilities available).

The Anglican Chaplaincy of St. George

Address: Rua Sao Jorge 6 (Estrela), 1250-235 Lisbon
Tel: (+351) 21 468 3570
Website: www.lisbonanglicans.org
St. George’s Church Lisbon. Main service at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday (enter from British Cemetery, gate opposite Jardim da Estrela).

The Anglican Chaplaincy of St. Paul

Address: Av. dos Bombeiros Voluntarios, 2765-202 Estoril
Tel: (+351) 21 468 3570
Fax: (+351) 21 469 2303
Website: www.lisbonanglicans.org
St. Paul’s Church Estoril. Main service at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday (behind Hotel Paris)

The Salvation Army

Address: Exercito da Salvacao, Rua Dr. Silva Teles, 16, 1050-080 Lisbon
Contacts: Lt. Colonels Gordon & Susan Daly
Tel: (+351) 21 780 2930
Fax: (+351) 21 780 2940
Website: www.exercitodesalvacao.pt
The Salvation Army’s stated aims include ‘the advancement of the Christian religion, of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole’.

Educational Institutions / Schools

The International Preparatory School

Address: Rua da Lagoa, Bicesse, 2645-344 Alcabideche
Tel: (+351) 21 457 0149
Fax: (+351) 21 457 3501
Website: www.ipsschool.org
The International Preparatory School (IPS) is a private coeducational day school offering English primary education to children from 18 months to 11 years of age. It is located in Carcavelos, halfway between Lisbon and Cascais, within easy reach of Carcavelos railway and bus stations. IPS has an average enrolment of 180 children in 10 classes from Playgroup to and including Year 6.

The International School of the Algarve

Address: Apartado 80, 8400-400 Lagoa, Algarve
Tel: (+351) 28 234 2547
Fax: (+351) 28 235 3787
Email: [email protected]
Website: nobelalgarve.com

Frank C. Carlucci American International School Lisbon

Address: Rua Antonio Dos Reis, 95, Linho, 2710-301 Sintra
Tel: (351) 21 923 9800
Fax: (351) 21 923 9899
Email [email protected]
Website: www.caislisbon.org

Oeiras International School

Address: Fundicao de Oeiras – Edificio OIS, Rua da Fundicao de Oeiras, 2780-057 Oeiras
Tel: (+351) 211 935 330 or 331
Fax: (+351) 211 952 460
Website: www.oeirasinternationalschool.com
A new IB Diploma authorized International Baccalaureate World School where students will become progressively more responsible for their learning process.

Queen Elizabeth’s School

Address: Rua Filipe Magalheas n. 1, 1700-194 Lisbon
Tel: (+351) 21 841 0140
Fax: (+351) 21 841 0149
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.qes.pt

St. Dominic’s International School

Address: Rua Maria Brown, Outeiro de Polima, 2789-506 S. Domingos de Rana
Tel: (+351) 21 444 0434
Fax: (+351) 21 444 3072
Website: www.dominics-int.org
Accredited by ECIS – European Council of International Schools, NEASC – New England Association of Schools and Colleges, IBO – International Baccalaureate Organisation, Nom DODD’s Cat. A School. Age range 3 to 18 years.

St. James’s Primary School

Address: Rua dos Depositos de Agua 339, Cobre, 2750-561 Cascais
Tel: (+351) 21 486 4754/5
Fax: (+351) 21 486 4753
St James’s Primary School was created out of the need for expansion of St. George’s School which has existed since 1960. It follows the same guidelines, policies, and ethos as St. George’s School. It is a primary school where children between the ages of 6 and 10 are prepared for entry to English, American and Portuguese Schools.

St. Julian’s School

Address: Quinta Nova, 2776-601 Carcavelos
Tel: (+351) 21 458 5300
Fax: (+351) 21 458 5312
Website: www.stjulians.com
The school offers an education based on the English National Curriculum to some 1000 girls and boys from the ages of 3 to 18. There are 45 nationalities represented at St. Julian’s. The teaching staff are all qualified teachers from Britain, Portugal, and four other countries.

Retirement Homes

The British Retirement Home

Address: Rua Bento Carqueja 43A, Sao Pedro do Estoril, 2765-518 Estoril
Tel: (+351) 21 468 8694
Fax: (+351) 21 467 2906
Website www.brhportugal.com
The British Retirement Home Association was founded by the British Community in the mid 1980s to create and maintain residential accommodation for elderly people of both British and other nationalities.

Homes for the disables

The Cheshire Home

Contact: Dra. Maria Vitoria Rego
Address: Lar da Boa Vontade, Av. do Loureiro 251, 2775-599 Carcavelos, Cascais
Tel: (+351) 21 457 2696
Fax: (+351) 21 457 9082
Home for 32 residents. The committee is all volunteers and the home has 25 full-time workers including a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist and a part-time nurse.