We create Communities of shared lives between people with and without learning disabilities, from which we work together for a more human society. We support around 300 adults with a learning disability in the United Kingdom.  

We recognise and respect the individuality of the people we support. We help individuals and their families choose a way of life that feels right for them. What matters most is that people with learning disabilities are supported to live in ways that give them life. 

Together and as individuals we actively participate in the life of our neighbourhoods, of faith and campaign groups, of places of work, learning and fun, and in our towns, cities and nations. 

Every L’Arche Community celebrates people with learning disability, creates circles of support around them, and offers a place to belong for people with and without disability. 

Residential care and support at home 

Every member with a learning disability has a personal support plan developed by listening to their hopes and dreams, choices and goals, and tailored to the level of independence and support they need.  

We offer three models of home and residential support 

  • Living in a shared home alongside L’Arche support assistants and other adults with a learning disability.
  • Living in a shared home alongside other adults with a learning disability, supported by a team of assistants living locally.
  • Living alone either in a house owned or leased by L’Arche or in private rented accommodation, while receiving support from L’Arche assistants and the wider L’Arche Community.    

Day activities  

The majority of L’Arche Communities offer day support services, providing opportunities for individuals to discover and develop creative talent and practical skills or enjoy therapeutic activities. Our day support services model varies from Community to Community, but includes initiatives such as community cafes, therapeutic gardening and allotment projects, art and design workshops, music and dance therapy, 1:1 and group yoga, and carpentry and joinery. Most of these services are open to people with learning disabilities who do not live in L’Arche houses. 

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Regulatory information  

In England, our residential care homes and supported living services are registered with the Care Quality Commission.  

In Scotland, our housing support services and support services are registered with the Care Inspectorate Scotland. 

In Brecon, our residential care service is registered with the Care Inspectorate Wales.