L’Arche welcomes the support that volunteers can offer to the life of a community. There are many ways in which a volunteer can be involved, depending on their interests and skills and the needs of the community
Forms of volunteering include:
Friendship with someone who lives with the experience of disability
Many people who live with an intellectual disability have a limited friendship network.
if you are able to commit to someone through a shared interest, a social activity or simply taking time for a coffee and a chat, it is a great way to connect in the community.
Volunteering changes people through the experience. It is part of our mission in L’Arche, ‘working together for a more human society’.
Becoming a friend to a community household
In households where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together there are many ways to join in. You might come on a regular basis to prepare a meal with someone, or offer transport and accompany a member to take part in social or sporting activities, or help with minor maintenance tasks or gardening.
Serving as a member of a Board
Each of the communities of L’Arche in Australia has a Board which is responsible to ensure good governance and financial compliance. All Board members are volunteers and need people with expertise and a commitment to the mission of L’Arche to serve as Board members.
Helping with administration
There are several levels of administration in a L’Arche community. Some administrative and financial tasks are undertaken within households or in the community offices, and in the national office. We welcome people with the competence, interest and availability to support our mission in these ways.
Every volunteer in L’Arche needs to have a current Police Check and a Working with Vulnerable Persons Card
If you are interested in being involved in L’Arche in any of these ways, contact L’Arche Australia or any of the communities listed under Finding a Community.