Becoming a L’Arche assistant is an extraordinary and life changing experience.
We welcome people of all ages and nationalities into an experiece that has the potential to fundamentally change the way you see the world.
We ask people who wish to become a live-in assistant to be open to a minimum of two years with us. Building trusting and life-giving relationships takes time and real commitment to the person and so we particualrly seek people who are able to commit to this time. our formal training equips assistants with all the skills they need to work effectively and supportively with vulnerable people. Our new Assistant Development Programme supports assistants to develop their awareness and deepen their understanding of community and spirituality and spans this two year time period. The programme is unmatched in the care sector for its depth of exploration of what it means to be human in a faith comumnity.
There are some things you need to consider if you are interested in joining one of our communities:
- The rhythm and culture of each L'Arche house is set by the people with learning disabilities who have made it their home.
- You may be asked to support people with their personal care.
- You will be expected to do housework. We have a saying in L'Arche – everyone needs to be prepared to clean the toilet!
- L'Arche is a Christian Community. We welcome people of all faiths, or none, but we expect you to be open to all aspects of other people's spirituality.
- It is important to understand that in the UK, L'Arche communities are faith communities and professional support providers. We are regulated and inspected, and must legally meet set standards. This means we require a level of competence and expect all assistants to undergo initial and on-going training.
- As a live-in L'Arche assistant you may not get a lot of personal space, including in the evenings.
- Some people with learning disabilities can express their emotions in ways that others will find challenging
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