Do you need a break from the status quo? 

This is your chance to make a real difference and help support, befriend and share life with people in one of the most marginalised groups in our society.  Living in a L’Arche Community, you’ll not only  learn transferable skills and participate in an integrated training and personal development  programme – you'll also be given space to reflect, grow and transform your whole life. 

What's involved? 

As  a  Live  In  Assistant in a  L’Arche  Community, you will be supporting people with learning disabilities. Along with one or two other assistants, you will most likely live with a small number of people with learning disabilities in their home. You will be provided with full board and lodging within our communities, as well as a monthly allowance.  

Much of what’s required from Live-In Assistants is simply  being  present  in community with our  Core Members  (residents with Learning Disabilities).  Being  part of the  L’Arche  family involves some hard work and resilience, as well as lots of joy, fun and laughter.  But why take our word for it? Watch some of our assistants talk about their roles here: 

More assistants' stories

Who can apply?

You don’t need previous experience in a care setting to apply to L’Arche – we just ask that you are friendly, inquisitive, empathetic and committed. The rest we’ll train you on. There are some limitations for applicants from outside the UK, though. So please click one of the following options:

I already have the right to work in the UKI need visa sponsorship to work in the UK

Sounds good! But I still need more info.. 

You can read through our FAQs via the link below, or contact [email protected] for an informal chat about the role. 


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