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: Support Worker

Reports to: Service Coordinator/Deputy Service Coordinator

Hours of work: 25 - 40 per week (permanent positions)

Salary: £10 per hour increasing to £10.30 after one year of service (separate allowance for sleep-ins)

Place of work: L’Arche Preston Community House

Main purpose of the role: As a support worker 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, Reach Standards in supported living 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.

Due to the nature of the service we need you to be able to work some evenings and weekends, bank holidays and sleep-ins and because almost all of the people we support have their own vehicles ideally you need to be able to drive.



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If you wish to apply, fill out the online Application Form here and email your CV to [email protected] or Megan Heatley on 01772 251113 for an informal chat.

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