L'Arche UK

"Quite simply being part of L'Arche is being loved for who you are." 

(Assistant, L'Arche London)

Mission statement

  • Make known the gifts of people with learning disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships.
  • Foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members whilst being faithful to the core values of our founding story.
  • Engage in our diverse cultures, working together towards a more human society.

L'Arche Communities in the UK are Christian Communities welcoming adults with learning disabilities, employed assistants and volunteers. L’Arche Communities are vibrant places of welcome, belonging and celebration. There are ten Communities in the UK and over 140 Communities worldwide in 35 different countries. The first Community in the UK opened in Kent in 1974.

L’Arche Communities hold in balance these four elements: service, community, spirituality & outreach. We believe that people with learning disabilities have much to teach us and contribute to the world. We build Communities with a culture of shared lives between people with and without learning disabilities, from which we can work together to create a more human society.

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.  It is this focus - on building relationships and a sense of belonging, on supporting each member of the Community with and without learning disabilities to reflect on what they have learnt and to share that reflection - that makes us different from other service providers.

L’Arche 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.

To find out more about what we do and our spirituality or to join us as an assistant, visit our website.