"We're all feeling the pressure of rising prices". John Casson, L'Arche UK National Leader, speaks on coping with the cost of living. Here are some things that could help.

What L'Arche can do

  • Pay. In April we moved to Real Living Wage for the first time. Keeping pay fair will remain a top priority for the L’Arche Board. 
  • Interest free loan: L’Arche can give you an interest free advance up to 50% of your salary. Ask your Assistants Coordinator (AC) for the application form. 
  • L’Arche Benevolent TrustOur sister charity gives grants to L’Arche employees facing hardship. Details on the intranet or from your AC.
  • Free and independent financial advice and counselling through CareFirst, 24/7. Call 0800 174319. 
  • Professional fees: L’Arche pays your DBS and PVG vetting costs, and will now also pay SSSC fees in Scotland. 
  • Blue Light Card: L’Arche will reimburse the cost of this discount card for Live Out assistants. 
  • Childcare vouchers (Busy Bees vouchers): you may be eligible for tax-free childcare if you work more than 16 hours a week.  Your AC can talk to Payroll about it for you. 

Help outside L'Arche

Helping each other in L'Arche

Do keep talking about your experiences and ideas.  Everyone is facing cost of living pressures and we want to be there for each other  

Please share your ideas and experiences with others in your Community, and in the comments below.