L’Arche in the UK is part of a worldwide federation of people with and without learning disabilities sharing life together. We build Communities with people with learning disabilities rather than for them. We serve people’s emotional and spiritual lives as well as their basic needs. We are committed to mutually transforming relationships and a world where all belong.

L’Arche London is more than just a service provider, we’re a diverse, inclusive community of nearly 100 people, with and without learning disabilities who live, work and celebrate together. We provide registered care and supported housing as well as specialist day services. Our aim is to provide a place of belonging to help people with learning disabilities live independent yet connected lives.


Job title: Day Services Support Assistant

Reports to: The line manager for this role is Day Service Development Coordinator, but on a day to day
basis you will receive direction and guidance from the team of Day Service facilitators.
This post does not directly line manage anyone, but does support volunteers.

Hours of work: Full time, 40 hours per week. It is expected that this role will work during core Day Service Hours from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. There is no payment for overtime. On occasions some weekend and evening work may be necessary for which time off in lieu will be provided and scheduled in agreement with your manager

Salary: The starting salary for this post as a Non-Residential Live Out role is £22, 984 gross (£11.05 per hour, L’Arche UK pay band 1.1). The salary for this role will increase in year two to £11.35 an hour, which is £23,608 per annum gross (L’Arche UK pay band 1.2).

Place of work: West Norwood, South London.
The Day Services Support Assistant will provide support in both the Craft Workshop on Norwood High Street, SE27 and the Garden Workshop on Barston Road, SE27. Day Service sessions are also occasionally run at L’Arche London houses within West Norwood. 

Main purpose of the role:

The Day Services team plays a key role in our community, helping people with learning disabilities to live active lives through a programme of social, skills-based and therapeutic activities including art, design, craft and gardening. We're looking for a Support Assistant to join the team to help us create a safe and supportive environment for the individuals who attend the service.

This role would suit someone with care experience, who is committed to supporting people with learning disabilities to develop their creative skills, enabling them to achieve their agreed personal goals; and who is supportive of the wider values, ethos and purpose of the L’Arche London community.

Main responsibilities of the role:

  • To ensure the Day Services Team provide high-quality specialist services and activities for people with learning disabilities.
  • To promote well-being and independence of people with learning disabilities


Download the Job Description for this specific role before applying as well as a Who We Are pack to learn more about L’Arche.

To apply please send a detailed CV and a covering letter telling us how your skills and experience match the job description and person specification for this role. (Your covering letter should be no more than 2 sides of A4 and should be sent as a Word document. No PDFs please).

In the shortlisting process we will anonymise all statements (removing names from file names and so on) before they are passed to the panel for shortlisting. (If you are an internal candidate, please make sure you send a full CV and statement and don’t assume that we know or can guess your skills and experience.)

In addition to this, please complete our Equal Opportunities Form and read the Privacy Notice for job applicants.

Closing date for applications
 is 10am on Tuesday 7th June 2022. Applications should be sent to [email protected]  

Interviews are likely to take place on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th June 2022.