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L’Arche to come to Perth

L’Arche is currently exploring the prospects within Perth for launching a new community.

It offers:

  • More than forty years’ experience in the UK
  • the first community in Scotland was in Inverness
  • Edinburgh is the second Scottish location of the ten in the UK
  • there are 148 across the world

Service provision is one aspect of L’Arche, whose shape reflects the desire of local people with learning disabilities, their networks of relatives and friends, and the commissioning plans of that area’s Social Work team. Local plans reflect the existing strengths of the area.

Usually this provision begins with supporting people at home – sometimes in a new home.

But L’Arche is open to seeing what people in a local group would most value.

L’Arche fulfils all the accreditation steps and referral or SDS arrangements that go with the provision of dual-registered care services with the Local Authority and the Care Inspectorate.

When L’Arche consider the options for a third community in Scotland, the key criteria are

  • whether there is a local desire among people with learning disabilities and their networks of friends, relatives and advocates for what a L’Arche community may be able to offer, as part of that area’s existing communities and organisations
  • whether that desire is matched within Social Work, health and regulatory bodies
  • and third by the interest shown by local people getting involved as volunteers, to build momentum and provide skills for future project development and governance.
  • A network of people with a growing desire to see L’Arche grow in Perth comes before the plans, resources, and buildings that make it a reality – and local people helping lead such a ‘Seed group’.

Home start volunteers

Home-start Perth is a family support charity covering the whole of Perthshire. We recruit, train and support volunteers to help families with young children.

All kinds of families can find it hard to cope for all sorts of reasons, maybe because of mental or physical illness, disability of a child or parent, or because of a parent’s post natal depression, bereavement or isolation. We support any parent with at least one child under the age of 5.

At Home-start Perth we believe that parents have the key role in creating a secure childhood for their children. It’s just that sometimes they need a bit of help. That’s where our volunteers step in…

As a home visiting volunteer you will visit your family for 2 hours per week in their own home, offering whatever supports that particular family may need: someone to listen, support to integrate in the local community which in turn will reduce isolation, helping solve problems that parents can’t face alone. It’s what makes Home-start Perth unique – we can offer exactly what the family needs, increasing their confidence and building better lives for their children.

As a volunteer you will receive full training, and support is offered from your coordinators throughout your time with Home-start. Our volunteers, like our families, come from all walks of life.

Interested? Our next Volunteer PREP course starts on Thursday 23rd February and will be held in our offices in Highland House, Perth, although applications are invited from anywhere in Perthshire. The course runs for 6 consecutive Thursdays, 0930-1430, covering everything you will need to become a home visiting Volunteer.