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GAP YEAR: Residential Support Assistant (Learning Disabilities)- Kent

~ This is a residential gap year opportunity. Food and accommodation are provided alongside a modest monetary stipend. ~ 


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 Gap Year adventurers to live 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.   

Learn what others had to say here: L'Arche Assistants - YouTube   

This opportunity is made up of Community Living activities and Personal Care tasks.  

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: supporting morning and bedtime routines | administering medication | assisting with personal hygiene | supporting meal times | 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 have loads of places you can enjoy your Gap Year! We invite applicants to indicate their preference:  

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

You will be a voluntary worker if you take part in this Gap Year opportunity, however food, accommodation and a monetary allowance (£297.58 per month) are provided.    

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

Our Communities are happy to welcome Gap Year assistants in line with their capacity. We can welcome new assistants at any point in the year and have a rolling start date.  

GAP YEAR: Residential Support Assistant (Learning Disabilities)- Kent

South East England
Gap Year, Entry Level

Published on 28 Apr 2022

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