At the heart of L'Arche is the support we provide to people with learning disabilities in our communities.
Through our ten communities in the UK, we offer a range of high-quality, person-centered residential support to over 200 adults with learning disabilities. Some people are supported in their own homes for a few hours per week, whilst others are supported twenty-four hours a day in our supported living or registered care services. Support is provided by highly motivated assistants, who have chosen to share life with people with learning disabilities, either in our houses or by living close to them.
All of our houses provide good quality accommodation and where appropriate, they are adapted to the needs of those who are supported there. They are places where people experience a real sense of being at home. Some of our communities also provide day opportunities for people with learning disabilities, which encourage their creative skills and talents.
L'Arche communities are vibrant places of welcome, belonging and celebration with a clear commitment to offering people with learning disabilities the opportunities to lead fulfilling lives, regardless of their disability. We support people with learning disabilities to be involved, as far as possible, in all aspects of daily life, including:
- Development of skills
- Domestic tasks
- Faith development
- Personal care
- Community activities
- Voluntary work
- Healthcare needs
Due to the way our communities are structured, we are able to offer high levels of support to people with learning disabilities, which ensure a real and natural commitment to ‘person centredness’.
Partnership and Collaboration
Partnership and collaboration with others is vital to the success of L’Arche’s mission. The families of the people we support are important partners in ensuring that all our support is centred on the wishes, needs and dreams of people living in the L’Arche community. They are valued and encouraged to be involved in the life of the community and to contribute in whatever way possible. Our communities are also supported by many volunteers, who freely offer their gifts and commitment to enhance the vision of our communities.
L'Arche also has a long history of working cooperatively with social service and social work departments, health authorities, primary care trusts, registration and regulatory authorities, housing associations and others to provide good-quality support that is truly responsive to people with learning disabilities.