About L'Arche Kent

In a world that values winning and coming first L'Arche Communities are places where people can discover who they are not just what they can do.

There are 11 L'Arche Communities in the UK where people with and without learning disabilities share life together, living and/or working in community. All are part of the International Federation of L’Arche which was founded by Templeton Laureate Jean Vanier.

Although grounded in the Christian tradition, L'Arche Communities welcome people of all faiths and none: our vision is a world where all belong. For more information about L’Arche go to www.larche.org.uk

Like other support providers we are regulated and inspected to ensure a high quality of provision.

Each Community is very different.

L'Arche Kent was the first L'Arche community to be founded in the UK, in 1974 and gave rise to 10 other UK communities. All are part of the International Federation of L’Arche which was founded by Templeton Laureate Jean Vanier.

Centred around the ancient cathedral city of Canterbury and less than an hour from London, the Kent community comprises three traditional L'Arche houses where people with learning disabilities and assistants live and share life together. In addition, we support twelve people with learning disabilities to live the life they choose in either their own or in shared housing.

In addition, a vibrant and active gardening project called “the Glebe” grows plants that we sell to the public on the ancient high street; our crafts team make beautiful, handmade candles, rugs, greetings cards and many other artisan products that are very popular with tourists and students and our range of activities and social groups ensure that life is lived to the full.

We aim to:

  • Value each individual, ensuring that we see people with disabilities having as much to give as to receive
  • Create a sense of belonging, not just to L'Arche but to the wider community and beyond that the world
  • Be open to people's own spiritual needs, enabling them to draw on the resources that can provide

What makes L’Arche different is the attention we pay to building relationships and a sense of belonging.

In L’Arche we celebrate people with learning disabilities and build circles of support around them. We go beyond basic needs to attend to people’s emotional and spiritual lives. Communities around the world share this common philosophy and approach while reflecting the ethnic, cultural and religious composition of the areas in which they exist.

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