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.

Are you inspired to bring your skills, experience and values to support our vision of a more human society?


Job title: Care Assistant

Reports to: Team Leader, Assistant Coordinator

Hours of work: 40 hours, evenings, weekends and split shifts

Salary: £10 per hour

Place of work: L’Arche Ipswich, community house for 6 adults with learning disabilities.

Main purpose of the role: As a Care Assistant you will support people with learning disabilities living in a variety of settings, in line with agreed support and care plans, in all aspects of their everyday lives. You will deliver practical, physical and emotional support to people with learning disabilities, whilst proactively promoting choice, independence and self-determination.

Main responsibilities of the role:

  • Provide high quality support to people with learning disabilities in line with L’Arche values, policies and procedures, and the requirements of the Care Quality Commission [CQC];
  • Facilitate individuals to meet their leisure, social, practical and spiritual needs and promote their ongoing development of independence;
  • Assist with household maintenance, including shopping, cooking cleaning and laundry;
  • Work as one of a team;
  • Be responsible for clear communication with professionals, families of people whom L’Arche support, advocates, neighbours, visitors and other members of L’Arche who are in contact with the house;
  • Attend training and formation courses as applicable to this community role;


If you wish to apply, fill out the online Application Form here and find out Who We Are.

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

Please read the Job Description and Person Specification for this post before completing the Care Assistant Application Form. We will review your application as soon as you submit it and if successful, start you as soon as possible.

To become a L’Arche Care Assistant it is essential you hold a Care Certificate/Level 2 Health and Social Care qualification and a minimum of 2 years work experience with adults with learning disabilities.