About L'Arche Edinburgh

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.

Our community has 3 shared houses and 4 flats in the Leith and Restalrig area of north-east Edinburgh. We provide personalised, flexible support and care services to 16 members with learning disabilities including some 1-1 day activities support. In 2014 we opened a specialised, purpose-built service for people with learning disabilities who are ageing and need round the clock care. Our flats support people with varying needs ranging from a few hours visiting support each week to high levels of 1-1 support. All our care services consistently receive Care Inspectorate grades ‘Very Good’ – click here for link to reports.

Our community also includes a wide range of volunteer members, families and friends. We gather in a local hall for monthly meetings, services, meals and prayers.

We are a Christian community who celebrate festivals like Advent, Christmas and Easter, seasonal events like Burns Night ceilidh and Halloween, and have house traditions where individual birthdays and anniversaries are marked. We are open to people of all faiths or no faith.

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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