L’Arche is a worldwide federation of people, with and without learning disabilities, working together for a world where all belong

How we help

Shared living

Across our twelve Communities in the UK we offer a range of high quality, person-centred residential support to more than two hundred individuals with learning disabilities.



Day activities

Within our Communities we offer day support services, providing opportunities for individuals to discover and develop their creative talents and practical skills.



Supported living

While some individuals wish to live in a home with other people, others prefer to be supported to live independently. At L’Arche we help people to choose a way of life that feels right for them, and for their families.




communities in the UK


adults with learning disabilities supported by L'Arche UK


communities in 35 countries around the world

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L'Arche is a collaboration of gifts, expertise, resources and time. We bring people together who are not prepared to accept the status quo but instead are inspired to want more for people with learning disabilities, and for society. Please help us to transform lives today by donating here.

News and Stories

  • James' story

    'You can’t make things perfect here. Instead you learn to use the imperfect things as gifts.’ Read more

  • L’Arche National Gathering 2019

    Last month L’Arche Communities around the UK gathered in Liverpool to reflect on, and celebrate, all that is good about our shared lives together. Read more

  • 'The importance of being known': Louise's story

    When she was 21, Louise left her job and lived for a year as part of the L’Arche community in Ipswich. Here she found something remarkable in a community ‘where people can love well, and disagree well, and live together well’. Read more

  • Meaningful and mutual relationships: how I found L'Arche

    Matthew spent his final year of college living with people with learning disabilities. It was the meaningful, mutual relationships that he developed with his roommates that led him to discover L’Arche. In this piece, he reflects on how a year spent living with his friends with learning disabilities led him to join L’Arche in the UK. Read more