What challenges can I expect?
Becoming a L’Arche assistant is an extraordinary and life changing experience. 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.
- 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 frustrations through challenging behaviour.
- 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 have to insist on a level of competence and expect all assistants to undergo initial and on-going training. Find out more.