While many organisations exist to offer support to people with learning disabilities, few do so with the L’Arche mission of an inclusive community with a vision and culture of shared lives between people with and without learning disabilities. 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. Jane who recently joined L’Arche Liverpool says “my mum gave me confidence to go out and meet people that she knew, but living in L’Arche I have met new people and have new friendships, I have become more independent. The thing I like most about living here is the love and friendship - from the whole community.”
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.