L’Arche Ipswich is a vibrant person-centred community supporting adults with a learning disability to grow in confidence, skills and independence. We are part of a global network of where people with and without learning disabilities live and share in life together, working for a world where we all belong. L’Arche is an ecumenical Christian community which welcomes people of all faiths and none.
In Ipswich or community offers high quality person-centred residential support, that has been rated outstanding twice by CQC.
L’Arche: What we do
We believe that people with learning disabilities have much to teach us and contribute to the world. During the last fifty years, we have learnt that one of the best ways to enable this is by creating intentional faith communities with a culture of shared lives between people with and without learning disabilities, from which we can work together to build a more human society.
At L’Arche we celebrate the gifts of people with learning disabilities and build circles of support around them. We go beyond supporting people’s basic needs to attend to their emotional and spiritual lives, too.
L’Arche Ipswich is as an “intentional” community and as such aims to play an active part in the social and cultural activities of the immediate neighbourhoods of our houses and within the wider community of Ipswich and Suffolk.
L’Arche communities hold in balance four key elements: service, community, spirituality and outreach. Experience has shown us that each element has an important role to play and needs to be present – not only for a community to be healthy - but in order to benefit wider society.
L’Arche communities around the world share this common philosophy and approach while reflecting and celebrating the ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of the areas in which they exist.
Support and Care
At the heart of L’Arche, is the support we provide to people with learning disabilities. As well as providing high quality housing and supported living, we also work with individuals to access employment and voluntary opportunities.
In addition, many of our communities provide day support services. Furthermore, we assist people to access relevant healthcare and, where appropriate, receive therapeutic services. We work hard to ensure that the needs of individuals with learning disabilities are met holistically, and that people are supported to live fully integrated and empowered lives within the wider communities in which they live.
We have a long history of partnering with social services and social work departments, health authorities, primary care trusts, registration and regulatory authorities, housing associations and others, to provide high quality support that is recognised as being truly responsive to people with learning disabilities.