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.

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Day activities

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

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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.

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12

communities in the UK

258

adults with learning disabilities supported by L'Arche UK

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communities in 35 countries around the world

Help support our work

Join us as an assistant

Spend a year as an assistant and we will give you an experience of difference that will change your life.

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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.

Latest news

  • Sam Wells on 'being with' and belonging in a time of loneliness

    In November 2018, L'Arche UK hosted a public event at the Wellcome Collection in London, exploring the role of intentional communities like L'Arche in creating places of belonging in a time of loneliness. Read more

  • When I’m at L’Arche I like my body

    and, because of that, I’m learning to love it when I’m not. Read more

  • Jean Vanier: Belonging in an age of loneliness

    ‘So as you’re stripped away from all that is not the primal innocence, there is something then which is the only thing which is at the heart of the universe, is what brings everything together, and that is love.’ Read more

  • Teachers of Joy

    Léon van Ommen, a theology lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, wanted to know what we mean when we — as L’Arche — talk about joy. Read more

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