Live-in Assistant

Live-in Assistant

  • Full time Position
  • Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
  • Published on August 30 2021
Job description

Nine L'Arche Communities around the UK have ongoing capacity for Live In Assistants to spend a period of time (usually six-12 months) living in a household where people with and without Learning Disabilities live alongside one another, sharing the joys and challenges of life, and form unique friendships not often seen in wider society. Previous and current Assistants have described the experience as life transforming and rewarding.

We asked our current Live-In Assistants to give us the low-down on the community living and personal care that makes up their rota.

  • Community living: going out for coffee | watching TV | playing games | cooking and baking | walking | eating together | Video calling friends | going shopping | assisting in a L'Arche Workshop | art classes | dance and drama activities | singing songs | household chores | community gatherings and celebrations | holidays | cinema trips | worship services/reflections
  • Personal care: morning and bedtime routines | Administering medication | personal hygiene (washing & toileting) | feeding | aiding mobility
This is a voluntary experience, however food, accommodation and a monetary allowance are provided. There is also the potential for retreats, holidays and reflection days.

Start date details

Our Communities are always recruiting for Live In Assistants in line with their capacity. We can welcome new assistants at any point in the year.

Please get in touch about your availability and we will endeavour to be flexible. Please note, preference will be given to applicants able to commit to six months or more.

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What we are looking for

You don't need to have prior experience to thrive in this role, we'll train you up. The main thing is that you are willing to throw yourself into community life (which can be challenging, but is a lot of fun).

We think it could be a good fit for someone:

  • looking for a post-uni gap year
  • interested in volunteering
  • exploring the charity sector
  • looking for some form of work experience
  • who is unsure of their next steps, but wants to make a difference
  • pursuing a career in psychology, but in need of more practical experience
  • who would like space to explore personal growth and/or spirituality
  • interested in the health and social care sector
  • looking for a unique, hands-on experience