Joining L'Arche is an adventure. We understand you'll have questions before making that next step. If you don't find the answer you're looking for below, feel free to contact us via email at [email protected], or via telephone on +44 7879 054886.

Which Community will I be joining? 

Where we can, we will place Live In Assistants in a Community of their choice. When you apply you can indicate whether you are happy to be considered for a Community where the need is greater. (We think they’re all amazing!) 

How long can I stay for? 

L'Arche Communities have preference for candidates who are willing to commit to 12 months in a Community, but we are open to applications from those who are able to commit at least three months. Each Community has a different capacity, so please get in touch if you want to talk this through. If you are joining L'Arche with a Tier 5 Charity Worker Visa or via the Youth Mobility Scheme, this may determine the length of your stay. However, we are not currently accepting applicants who do not have the right to live and work in the UK. 

What is the allowance? 

A Being a Live In Assistant with L’Arche is a thrifty way to live, as you won’t need to pay for food, accommodation or bills. We provide a modest allowance as well as the potential for fully paid trips, retreats and holidays. 

What will my hours look like? 

Schedules vary, but this should be considered a full-time commitment. It’s hard for us to be specific, but remember a rota includes both ‘work’ and ‘play’. Occasionally, you may be required to be on call during the night. 

Can I take holiday? 

A Of course! Live In Assistants can take 28 holiday days in a 12 month period. 

Do I need to have experience? 

No. Above all, we want applicants who are willing to get stuck in with Community life. We will provide the training you need. 

Do I need to be spiritual? 

Not at all. L’Arche is committed to supporting the chosen spirituality of our friends with Learning Disabilities. We ask Live In Assistants to support and engage with activities that facilitate this, but do not expect them to ascribe to a faith or spiritual practice. We welcome those of all faiths and none. 

What happens after I’ve applied?

A At first we will review your application and if we want to take your application further, we will ask you to send us a CV. Given you are shortlisted, we will invite you to an interview via video call.