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GAP YEAR: Live In Assistant

A bit about L'Arche:

L'Arche is a network of Communities which supports adults with Learning Disabilities. Our Communities comprise of households in which people with and without Learning Disabilities live alongside one another, sharing the joys and challenges of life, and form unique friendships not often seen in wider society. L'Arche is a committed care provider that seeks to support the physical, medical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of its Service Users.    

A bit about the opportunity:

Nine L'Arche Communities around the UK have ongoing capacity for Live In Assistants to spend a period of time (usually 6-12 months) living in Community, learning care skills and sharing life with people they may not ordinarily encounter. Previous and current Assistants have described the experience as life transforming and rewarding.  

View our new recruitment ad here: L'Arche Assistants - YouTube  

We asked our current Live-In Assistants to give us the low-down on what the Community Living and Personal Care that makes up what their rota looks like.   

Community Living: going out for coffee | watching TV | playing games | cooking and baking | walking | eating together | Video calling friends | going shopping | assisting in a L’Arche Workshop | art classes | dance and drama activities | singing songs | household chores | community gatherings and celebrations | holidays | cinema trips | worship services/reflections  

Personal Care: morning and bedtime routines | Administering medication | personal hygiene (washing & toileting) | feeding | aiding mobility 

You don't need to have prior experience to thrive in this role, we'll train you up. The main thing is that you are willing to throw yourself into Community life (which is a lot of fun!). 

We think it could be a good fit for someone:  

  • looking for a gap year  

  • interested in volunteering  

  • exploring the charity sector  

  • who is unsure of their next steps, but wants to make a difference  

  • pursuing a career in psychology, but in need of more practical experience  

  • who would like space to explore personal growth and/or spirituality  

  • interested in the health and social care sector   

  • looking for a unique, hands-on experience 


Practical details

We are always looking for Live-In-Assistants to place in one of our Communities, and we invite applicants to indicate their preference: 

Bognor | Brecon | Edinburgh | Highland | Ipswich | Kent | London | Manchester | Preston 


This is a voluntary experience, however food, accommodation and a monetary allowance are provided.   

There is also the potential for retreats, holidays and reflection days.  


Our Communities are always recruiting for Live In Assistants in line with their capacity. We can welcome new assistants at any point in the year and have a rolling start date. 

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GAP YEAR: Live In Assistant

Brecon, UK
Bognor Regis, UK
Edinburgh, UK
Inverness, UK
Canterbury, UK
London, UK
Preston, UK
Manchester, UK
Ipswich, UK
Gap Year, Volunteer

Published on 12 Jul 2021

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