History of L'Arche

L'Arche was founded in France and is now present in 38 countries worldwide. There are eleven L'Arche Communities in the UK Read more

Ismayil's story

‘I think L’Arche is one of those places where you can change the world, and changing the world starts with changing yourself.’ Read more

Henri Nouwen

In the summer of 1985 Henri Nouwen left his role as a professor at Harvard Divinity School and joined the L’Arche community in Trosly-Brueil, France. Henri spent nine months living and sharing in life with people with and without learning disabilities. At the end of this period of discernment, Henri joined the L’Arche Daybreak community in Canada to serve as their pastor, where he lived until his death in 1996. Read more

Thérèse Vanier

Thérèse Vanier established the first L’Arche community in the UK, in Canterbury, in 1974. In the 1960s she became the first female consultant at St Thomas’ hospital in London. She was a pioneer in palliative care, working with Cicely Saunders at St Christopher’s Hospital in London. Colleagues agree that it was Thérèse who did more than anyone else to bring the principles and practice of palliative medicine to a wider francophone world. Read more

Jean Vanier

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Why we need your help

L'Arche is a collaboration of gifts, expertise, resources and time. We bring people together who are not prepared to accept the status quo but instead are inspired to want more for people with learning disabilities, and for society. Read more

Why volunteer

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Embracing difference

At L’Arche we are dedicated to building inclusive communities in which everybody is treated equally, with kindness and respect. Read more

What we value

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Day activities

At L’Arche Kent we have our very own brewery, as well as a popular gardening project, and craft studio. Read more

Contact us

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What is L'Arche

At L’Arche Kent we celebrate people with learning disabilities and build circles of support around them. We go beyond basic needs to attend to people’s emotional and spiritual lives. Read more


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Leave a legacy

Every legacy gift, no matter what size, will help make a difference to the lives of people L’Arche supports. Read more