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A New Patron for Community Help Service

CHS is delighted that Alison Rose, the recently appointed  British Ambassador to Belgium has taken on the role of Patron to our organisation. Despite her busy life, with its wide-ranging responsibilities, she has already fulfilled one role on our behalf by acting as the introductory speaker at the CHS Burnout Conference in October.

As an EU specialist Alison is no stranger to Brussels, having previously spent four years here with the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union.  She has also worked in London and Paris and had a spell in the Cabinet Office, during the preparation for and running of the UK Presidency of the EU in 2005.

"Alison has not known us for long but has already shown a keen interest in and commitment to the work that we do, both on the Help Line and at our Mental Health Centre”. Rex Parker, Chair of the CHS Board.


Vlerick Expat Event: November 19 2014

Entitled "Dances with Wolves" this event, organised by Vlerick Business School, offered a new look on managing intercultural conflict. The two keynote speakers were both professors at the School - Smaranda Boros and Ralf Wetzel. It was billed as "a vibrant and congenial expat evening" with plenty of opportunity to meet and exchange views.

CHS 45th Anniversary Year - Conference on Burnout

To mark its 45th anniversary year, the Community Help Service held a conference on the topical subject of burnout – a state of mental and physical exhaustion induced by stress. (Click here to view the Conference Programme). The conference was designed to be directly helpful to those managing stress reduction in the workplace, whether from a human resource, therapeutic or personal standpoint. The focus of discussions was on identifying best practices for preventing and/or treating burnout. Special emphasis was placed on the expat community.

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Two September Events for the Expatriate Community

The Antwerp Expat Welcome Party

Looking for a new home, living tips, expat clubs and associations, contacts in Antwerp’s community, news and information, ideas on what to do? Then be sure to sign up for this annual event organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Antwerp-Waasland. It will be held on Thursday September 18 from 18.30 at VOKA, 2000 Antwerp. For further details click website.

The Brussels American Community Fall Bazaar and INFO Fair

You will find "Best of Belgium" items for sale, and have the opportunity to meet local organizations that offer a variety of activities and services. The date is Thursday September 18, from 11:00 to 16:00 at Brussels American School, Sterrebeek. For more information, contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 02/811-4688


CHS Help Line: Spreading the Word

Brussels Public Transport – STIB/MIVB – carried banners recently advertising the Help Line throughout the metro network. Placed above the doors and windows of the carriages, the campaign ran for twenty eight days, from May 20, and highlighting the crisis, support and information service offered by the 24/7 telephone Help Line. It’s the first time that CHS has advertised in this way and thanks are due to Euroclear whose generous support has made such an initiative possible. The Help Line is looking for volunteers to join the team. Training course begins in October. For more information call the office on 02/647.67.80.

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