L’Arche NSW

About L'Arche NSW

About L’Arche NSW

Interim Board Chair: Kumar Rasiah

Community Leader: Krishnee Nair

Homes Coordinator: Vacant

Community Life Coordinator: Stephanie Lan

Spiritual Life Coordinator: Stephanie Lan

Administration Officer: Asha Biju

NDIS/COS Support Coordinator: Elina Grauzdule

Administration Manager:  Vacant

Address: PO Box 4458, Homebush South, NSW 2140

Phone: +61 2 9787 8132
Fax: +61 2 9718 9002
Email: sydney@larche.org.au

Our Houses

We have 3 beautiful homes, filled with 11 unique core members, and a varying team of dedicated assistants from Australia and around the world. Our original home is in Burwood and we have two other homes, one in Campsie and the other in Merrylands.

Burwood House

Bruce has been with us since the beginning of L’Arche Sydney and lives with other core members Joanne,  Geoffrey and Kathleen. Kathleen is our newest core member and was welcomed into Burwood in December 2011.

House Coordinator:  Elina Grauzdule
Phone:  (02) 9747 5316

Campsie House

Anthony, Janine, “Bonfire” (Hugh) and Katie share life together in our home in Campsie.

House Co-ordinator: Stephanie Lan
Phone: (02) 9787 3520

Merryland House

Our core members here at Merrylands are Gabriel, Joseph and Andrew.

House Coordinator: Peter Law
Phone: (02) 9637 7979

Merewether House

House Coordinator: Pat Waugh
Phone: (04) 3111 5624

Our History

L’Arche Sydney grew from a core group of members who built friendships with people with an intellectual disability and their families. In January 1980, the group began meeting for regular picnic outings. A number of those in the first “picnic group” were people who were living at a large institution in Gladesville, Sydney.

In 1983 the group was offered the use of a large house in Burwood, a suburb about 20 minutes west of the Sydney CBD. Five people with a disability, several from Gladesville, and a number of assistants, lived together under the direction of Father Peter Toohey, who was previously the Catholic chaplain at Gladesville.

When a second house was established at Merrylands, in Sydney’s west, four core members with a disability were able to be accommodated and become part of L’Arche Sydney.  When the opportunity arose to open another house in Campsie, close to Burwood, 4 more core members were welcomed, bringing to 11 the number of people with a disability living in the community. Over the years there have sadly been some core members who have passed away and others welcomed bringing our current number of core members to four in Burwood, four in Campsie and three in Merrylands.

L’Arche Sydney, which celebrated it’s 30th anniversary during 2013, has grown to be a vibrant community of friends, supporting and living the life of community together whilst adhering to the charter of L’Arche.

Our Newsletter 

To receive a copy of our latest newsletter “Sydney Grapevine” please email sydney@larche.org.au

Our Events

Club night is held each Monday evening. The three houses meet together for dinner at one of four different clubs.

Spiritual Soup nights are held on the second Friday evening of each month. Includes a light meal followed by a time of prayer and reflection.

For venue and time details of these events please email sydney@larche.org.au.

Other events – such as weekend retreats, family and community days, etc  – occur throughout the year. Please email for details