Adults with learning disabilities experience some of the worst forms of social marginalisation and loneliness. Many do not spend time with anyone who is not paid to be with them. Although the social care system meets the basic needs of people with learning disabilities, it does not meet one of the most important needs of all: to belong.
At L’Arche we build circles of support, and friendship, around people. We create places where everybody is made to feel loved and valued, and to live a life of meaningful participation and recognition in society.
In a world that can feel lonely and isolating for many, L’Arche communities are places where people with and without learning disabilities can experience belonging, joy and friendship. Please help us to continue in our mission.
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Richard Keagan-Bull reflects on his life as somebody with a learning disability, living in the L'Arche London Community. He shares how people with learning disabilities can often become isolated and lonely.
We interviewed Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche, at his home in the L'Arche Trosly Community in France. Listen to Jean as he reflects on ageing and fragility, loss and loneliness, and the mystery that compels people to L'Arche.
Last year's Advent Appeal told the story of Laura, the founding member of the Manchester Community.
One year on Laura's mum, Amanda, reflects on how L’Arche has transformed hers, and Laura’s life.