Assistants' case studies

Becoming a L'Arche Kent assistant is an extraordinary and life changing experience.

People choose to join L'Arche as an assistant for a variety of reasons. Some are mature individuals wanting to give their lives new meaning through genuine and trusting relationships with others. Some come to L'Arche to learn or develop new skills and attitudes to people with a learning disability. Others may be professionals seeking a new context and deeper meaning within which to practice their chosen career.

L'Arche Kent is a Christian community which welcomes people of all faiths and none; if you are hoping to develop your spiritual life there will be opportunities through regular worship, prayer, retreats and pilgrimages.

In return for the gifts you'll bring, you will discover a very simple and honest joy in the relationships you build with other people, both with and without learning disabilities.

L'Arche is unique. We are a good quality care and support provider, regulated by the Care Quality Commission, with faith and community values at our heart. Excellence in care and a commitment to living community life are essential.

A L'Arche assistant will support people with learning disabilities to take part in community life, to cook, clean and run a household, perhaps go to work, have a social life, see friends and family and sometimes with their personal care. Some people with disabilities are helped to live in their own flats, supported by a network of relationships. Others live in intentional communities with friends. The role of a L'Arche assistant is complex, challenging and ultimately deeply rewarding.

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