L’Arche Ipswich

Tony Gibbings

Postal Address
3 Warrington Road

Electronic Mail david.hockley@larche.org.uk
01473 216362
Year started
10 minutes’ walk from Ipswich town centre
Number of over 18s
Ideological focus
Community living with adults with learning disabilities
Legal structure
registered charity
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Our first house, The Cornerstone, opened in 2006 and is situated in a pleasant and quiet area of Ipswich near Christchurch Park about 10 minutes’ walk to the centre of town. The house has spacious common areas and a large garden. There are six people with learning disabilities and six assistants living together here, with others supporting in various roles. We are creating a network of community houses in Ipswich to provide a range of facilities for people in various circumstances wishing to be a part of who we are and what we do. L’Arche is a place of encounter and the core members, as we describe them (descriptions are always a problem, though)make this happen by the challenge they represent and by their compassion and openness. Living together calls us all to change and we can only live the community well if we are open to that call and the friendships that go along with it. We eat and pray together; we celebrate both the day-to-day and special events, whether personal or religious. Celebrating includes saying thankyou to each other for the gifts and talents which we bring to the community. We aim to create an atmosphere where people’s faith and religious traditions are respected, supported and nurtured. We believe that through offering this, people’s needs and wishes are met in a more holistic way which contributes to the wellbeing of the community and all its members. We are part of a national charity, L’Arche U.K. with a local board of committee members. Because of L’Arche’s international federation of about 140 communities in 35 countries, some of us have visited France, the USA and India, as well as such events as the Greenbelt Festival, walking pilgrimages within the UK. We share a number of structured events with other L’Arche communities in the U.K.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community does not use solar energy
community buildings not insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community does not have an organised system for car sharing
community is accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community does not have tool sharing system
community does not have organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is not involved in land management
community does not grow vegetables
no communal animals
regular communal meals
community does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings at least partly wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

L'Arche Ipswich is currently looking for new members

We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people to live and work either in the original house or in one of the new houses we are opening in 2015. We are a welcoming, friendly and open community driven by the culture of people with learning disabilities, most of whom are very articulate and all are good company. We are part of a worldwide movement bringing vulnerable people to the fore by supporting their needs and aspirations. This makes for a rewarding and transforming environment. You don’t need to have any particular beliefs, but you do need to be open to those of others and open to your own personal search. Open communities need open people!

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L'Arche Ipswich is currently looking for volunteers

“Assistants” living in L’Arche are paid an allowance or salary, depending on circumstances. They have normal employment rights and free board and lodging, though, as members of a community, they go beyond the limitations of a professional relationship, open to being changed by the friendship of those they care for. We also need local volunteers to support many and varied practical activities as well as enjoying aspects of our community life where possible. There is more than one way of belonging, so contact us with your interest and availability

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