Founded in 1975, L’Arche Highland aims to build a community in the Highlands, bringing together people with and without learning disabilities. The charity helps people connect and find common ground through work, friendship and trust.
Support is provided to fourteen adults, in four shared homes with live-in assistants. There is a further support service provided to those who are able and willing to live more independently. People are supported in finding employment or volunteer positions, giving them a level of independence and satisfaction in their lives.
L’Arche also provides healthcare access, which often includes therapeutic services, as part of its holistic approach to care and independent living.
L’Arche Highlands is able in part to provide its service through the support of many local volunteers who help by facilitating transport and organising events. These volunteers also build relationships with individuals in their care and act as an advocate for causes which are important to them. The charity also receives funding from a range of trusts and other benefactors supporting the maintenance and constant improvement of the services.
The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has been a principal donor to L’Arche Highland. In 2016, the trust gave nearly £1.5 million to the charity to fund the construction of Rosie Lovat House, a purpose-built, ground floor accessible accommodation for four people. The house also provides accommodation for four live-in assistants, and a flat for one individual able to live more independently while still benefitting from the charity’s support.