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L’Arche Australia Ltd

Contact

Name: Claire Lawler

Position: Deputy National Leader

Email: deputy@larche.org.au

Address

PO Box 613

Rosny Park

Hobart 7018

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Our Mission / Objective

L’Arche Identity and Mission Statement

IDENTITY
We are people with and without intellectual disabilities, sharing life in communities belonging to an International Federation.
Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of our journey together.
We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognise our need of one another.

MISSION
To make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships.
To foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, whilst being faithful to the core values of our founding story.
To engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society.

Our Services

The fundamental philosophy of L’Arche Australia is the recognition of a human person regardless of their intellectual disability. Our experience recognises the ability of people with intellectual disabilities to welcome and accept others as they are is greater than people without intellectual disabilities. We believe that this gift has an important and transformative effect for many people. It enables and indeed assists each one of us to become more fully human and can therefore humanise our entire society. That is, it can influence you in such a way that your views of other people will be transformed, and in particular if changes your view of people with intellectual disabilities to recognise their status as citizens who contribute to make our society a better place to live.
As a service Provider, L’Arche has a ‘community model’ of living, rather than a medical or social service model of care. As a faith-based organisation L’Arche recognises the spiritual and religious needs and aspirations of its members, and respects those who have no spiritual or religious affiliation. Our community and faith life inspire us to be open to people of differing intellectual capacity, social origin, religion, race, and culture. – At L’Arche, people with intellectual disabilities, and those who assist them, live together and are equally responsible for the life of their home and community.

Projects in Progress

L’Arche Perth:

Friends of L’Arche Perth Inc. (FOLP) is part of an International Federation founded 50 years ago which has now grown to over 147 Communities in 35 countries around the world. We in Perth are in the process of becoming self-sustaining so as to be able to continue our support and encouragement of people living with intellectual disability. L’Arche offers something unique – a community of support where people with and without disability work together to build mutually-transforming relationships of benefit to all involved. We recognise the gifts that people with intellectual disability bring and value and respect everyone for who they are, just as they are . L’Arche is all-inclusive, non-denominational and welcomes everyone with an open heart.
FOLP is a registered NFP charity and a Deductible Gift Recipient.
Please visit our website at www.folperth.org to learn more about us.
www.larche.org.au for our National body, L’Arche Australia.
www.larche.org for our International Federation, L’Arche Internationale.
But there’s a problem
FOLP is currently reliant on volunteers, private donations and fundraising activities to keep it going. We have only managed to secure one grant, from Lotteries West, which has enabled us to buy a laptop. We have no base to call our own and have to rely on the kindness of churches and groups to allow us to use their facilities, which we sometimes have to pay for. We would be so pleased to have funding to secure our own premises so that we can have a base for our Community Gatherings, events, Retreats, meetings and to set up a Perth office. A place that our Core Members can identify with, feel at home and have a sense of belonging to. FOLP needs funds to be able to rent premises or, ideally, to be able to secure it’s own long-term premises so that it can build a presence and increase its profile within the community and go on to realise its dreams of being able to provide accommodation, care and further services for people living with an intellectual disability.
Therefore, to grow L’Arche in Perth, we need help to find a permanent home base from which to conduct our activities and be a house of welcome. FOLP will then be able to achieve a higher profile and be in a position to attract funding and support from philanthropic groups, churches and government agencies. Our Core Members and their families will feel supported and know that L’Arche in Perth is a viable long-term option for their family member.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
We need funds and assistance. Help us to grow the true spirit of L’Arche in Perth and to give our Core Members a comfortable place to come back to; where they know they can find support and encouragement and where they can have fun and experience true friendship as part of a community. We want to attract more people living with intellectual disability to experience the spirit and uniqueness of what L’Arche brings. We also welcome new volunteers to become involved in our activities.
FOLP is establishing a new Outreach Program called Heart2Heart to provide one-on-one friendship and assistance to Core Members living either at home or independently. The program’s primary goal is to provide company and friendship to Core Members, which may not often be available to them. A Heart2Heart member will visit Core Members on a regular basis, giving them a sense of ongoing support to look forward to. These visits can either be to take them for an outing or simply to sit and chat and provide that personal friendship, sharing and one-on-one interaction. Heart2Heart will become an important part of that Core Member’s life, a link with the wider community that cares about them.

L’Arche Hunter:
There are three activities that are absolutely vital in the creation of a community. The first is eating together around the same table. The second is praying together. And the third is celebrating together. By celebrating I mean to laugh, to fool around, to have fun, to give thanks together for life. When we are laughing together with belly laughs we are all the same. Jean Vanier, Living Gently in a Violent World, p. 37
Hunter Friends of L’Arche is a community of about 30 people with and without intellectual disabilities who meet regularly in the Newcastle area to do just that. We enjoy eating, praying and celebrating together at community gatherings, social activities, workshops and other events.
We have been working hard to establish a community living the L’Arche vision, but we will still need to gain additional financial support to enable our long term aim of having one or more homes to become a reality.
Then some people with intellectual disabilities within the Newcastle/Hunter area could live with assistants as a L’Arche family.

Our People

CEO

David Treanor, National Leader

Leadership Team

Claire Lawler – Deputy National Leader

Kat Barrington – Administration Officer

Names of Board Members

National Board:
Julia Walters – Chairperson
Catryn Tuckwell – Secretary
Carmel Towler -(Brisbane) Treasurer
Kumar Rasiah – (Sydney)
Rob Nichols – (Melbourne)
Brendan Sullivan (Hobart)
Barry Sandison (Canberra)
Josie Kitch (At large Director)-Chair of Fundraising
Michael Hutchinson (National Council Rep)

Number of Employees

104 across L' Arche Australia

Number of Volunteers

120 across L' Arche Australia

Registration Information

ABN

33 008 547 028

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

Wills and Bequests
A bequest to L’Arche will enable us to continue providing support and opportunities to those with an intellectual disability. Your generous help in this way will help guarantee the stability of life that is so important to those who too often have encountered pain and suffering.
A bequest may take the form of the whole or a part of your estate, a specified sum of money, real estate, stocks or shares, insurance policies, works of art, collections or personal effects such as jewellery. It is advisable to discuss the way your gift will be most effective with an estate planning adviser or your solicitor.
A suggested wording for your will or codicil:
I bequeath for the general purpose of L’Arche ……. * the following items *** free of all succession estate capital gains tax and other death duties, and declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer of L’Arche shall be sufficient discharge for my Executor.
* Please insert one or more of the following: L’Arche Australia, L’Arche Sydney, L’Arche Genesaret (Canberra), L’Arche Beni-Abbes (Hobart), L’Arche Brisbane, L’Arche Melbourne. Hunter Friends of L’Arche, Friends of L’Arche Perth.
*** Please indicate clearly what you wish to bequeath.
Should you wish to discuss any of the above matters you are welcome to call your local L’Arche Community or contact the L’Arche Australia office – 03 6238 4341 or email: leader@larche.org.au

General Donations

$50 will help provide vital information to a potential volunteer to allow them to support our communities;

$100 assists with providing essential training to a volunteer in a community house shared with people living with an intellectual disability so they can provide appropriate support;

$60 will help provide accessible resources for someone living with an intellectual disability to assist them with expressing their voic;

$200 will help provide accommodation at the ‘L’Arche Australia Listening and Speaking’ event to assist someone living with an intellectual disability to articulate their voice and be listened to.

$300 can help provide travel to the ‘ L’Arche Australia Listening and Speaking’ event to enable vital connection to the broader community.

Other support

L’Arche Australia are currently planning a holiday for the members with intellectual disability and assistants from our communities in Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Hunter for September/October 2017. Small groups from each community will come together to enjoy being with other and to deepen relationships. Our National Listening and Speaking Group are planning this and the options for holidays are: A cruise in Australia, New Zealand (where we have a community), Sydney or Hobart. The total cost would be approx $30,000 to $40,000. If you could assist financially towards this important holiday please contact Claire Lawler – deputy@larche.org.au

Work with us

What is an Assistant?
The main pathway to being part of a L’Arche Community is by becoming a Live-in Assistant. A live-In Assistant is someone in living with shares and creates home with people who have intellectual disabilities (the term we use in L’Arche is Core Members) and other Assistants; a home which reflects values of personal dignity, celebration and honest relationships.
A live-in L’Arche assistant supports Core Members to take part in the local life of the community. In your household, together you cook, clean and run a household; perhaps you support people in personal care, to go to work; support Core Members to maintain their social life, maintain contact with their friends and family. Most Communities have a range of regular events that you will be actively participating in. Not all Assistants are live-in and many people who are part of the Community also work as a live-out Assistant. Each Community is different and has developed services that are particular to the needs of the people it supports. Some Core Members are supported to live in their own flats, supported by a network of paid and non-paid relationships.
The role of Assistant is engaging, complex, challenging rewarding and a way for you to secure new knowledge and skills. Please go to our website www.larche.org.au for further information.

Volunteer with us

L’Arche households are similar to family homes and offer many opportunities for volunteers to participate in the life of the community.
While sometimes volunteers prefer to be anonymous, others want to become more actively involved. Some of the ways volunteers can help include:
Providing transport
Preparing a weekly meal
Undertaking minor house maintenance
Helping with a regular reading or letter writing session
Make a regular visit to a household
For more details see below.
Providing Transport
The members of a L’Arche community take their part in the wider community both socially and in the workplace.
Sometimes it is not practical to use public transport between a home and the workplace or a social event. If you are willing to provide transport either on a regular or ad hoc basis this service would be a wonderful support to the community.
To explore this option, please contact any of the communities listed on the contacts page.
Being a Friend
Persons with disability in L’Arche often have a limited social network. Getting to know a community member by meeting over a cup or tea, going to a movie, going to game of football or inviting a member home for dinner, can be a rewarding experience.
As with any friendship, the important elements are regular contact, informality, faithfulness and a mutual interest.
If you are looking to make new friends, and want to explore this within L’Arche, please go to our website www.larche.org.au

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

L’Arche Identity and Mission Statement

IDENTITY
We are people with and without intellectual disabilities, sharing life in communities belonging to an International Federation.
Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of our journey together.
We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognise our need of one another.

MISSION
To make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships.
To foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, whilst being faithful to the core values of our founding story.
To engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society.

Our Services

The fundamental philosophy of L’Arche Australia is the recognition of a human person regardless of their intellectual disability. Our experience recognises the ability of people with intellectual disabilities to welcome and accept others as they are is greater than people without intellectual disabilities. We believe that this gift has an important and transformative effect for many people. It enables and indeed assists each one of us to become more fully human and can therefore humanise our entire society. That is, it can influence you in such a way that your views of other people will be transformed, and in particular if changes your view of people with intellectual disabilities to recognise their status as citizens who contribute to make our society a better place to live.
As a service Provider, L’Arche has a ‘community model’ of living, rather than a medical or social service model of care. As a faith-based organisation L’Arche recognises the spiritual and religious needs and aspirations of its members, and respects those who have no spiritual or religious affiliation. Our community and faith life inspire us to be open to people of differing intellectual capacity, social origin, religion, race, and culture. – At L’Arche, people with intellectual disabilities, and those who assist them, live together and are equally responsible for the life of their home and community.

Projects in Progress

L’Arche Perth:

Friends of L’Arche Perth Inc. (FOLP) is part of an International Federation founded 50 years ago which has now grown to over 147 Communities in 35 countries around the world. We in Perth are in the process of becoming self-sustaining so as to be able to continue our support and encouragement of people living with intellectual disability. L’Arche offers something unique – a community of support where people with and without disability work together to build mutually-transforming relationships of benefit to all involved. We recognise the gifts that people with intellectual disability bring and value and respect everyone for who they are, just as they are . L’Arche is all-inclusive, non-denominational and welcomes everyone with an open heart.
FOLP is a registered NFP charity and a Deductible Gift Recipient.
Please visit our website at www.folperth.org to learn more about us.
www.larche.org.au for our National body, L’Arche Australia.
www.larche.org for our International Federation, L’Arche Internationale.
But there’s a problem
FOLP is currently reliant on volunteers, private donations and fundraising activities to keep it going. We have only managed to secure one grant, from Lotteries West, which has enabled us to buy a laptop. We have no base to call our own and have to rely on the kindness of churches and groups to allow us to use their facilities, which we sometimes have to pay for. We would be so pleased to have funding to secure our own premises so that we can have a base for our Community Gatherings, events, Retreats, meetings and to set up a Perth office. A place that our Core Members can identify with, feel at home and have a sense of belonging to. FOLP needs funds to be able to rent premises or, ideally, to be able to secure it’s own long-term premises so that it can build a presence and increase its profile within the community and go on to realise its dreams of being able to provide accommodation, care and further services for people living with an intellectual disability.
Therefore, to grow L’Arche in Perth, we need help to find a permanent home base from which to conduct our activities and be a house of welcome. FOLP will then be able to achieve a higher profile and be in a position to attract funding and support from philanthropic groups, churches and government agencies. Our Core Members and their families will feel supported and know that L’Arche in Perth is a viable long-term option for their family member.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
We need funds and assistance. Help us to grow the true spirit of L’Arche in Perth and to give our Core Members a comfortable place to come back to; where they know they can find support and encouragement and where they can have fun and experience true friendship as part of a community. We want to attract more people living with intellectual disability to experience the spirit and uniqueness of what L’Arche brings. We also welcome new volunteers to become involved in our activities.
FOLP is establishing a new Outreach Program called Heart2Heart to provide one-on-one friendship and assistance to Core Members living either at home or independently. The program’s primary goal is to provide company and friendship to Core Members, which may not often be available to them. A Heart2Heart member will visit Core Members on a regular basis, giving them a sense of ongoing support to look forward to. These visits can either be to take them for an outing or simply to sit and chat and provide that personal friendship, sharing and one-on-one interaction. Heart2Heart will become an important part of that Core Member’s life, a link with the wider community that cares about them.

L’Arche Hunter:
There are three activities that are absolutely vital in the creation of a community. The first is eating together around the same table. The second is praying together. And the third is celebrating together. By celebrating I mean to laugh, to fool around, to have fun, to give thanks together for life. When we are laughing together with belly laughs we are all the same. Jean Vanier, Living Gently in a Violent World, p. 37
Hunter Friends of L’Arche is a community of about 30 people with and without intellectual disabilities who meet regularly in the Newcastle area to do just that. We enjoy eating, praying and celebrating together at community gatherings, social activities, workshops and other events.
We have been working hard to establish a community living the L’Arche vision, but we will still need to gain additional financial support to enable our long term aim of having one or more homes to become a reality.
Then some people with intellectual disabilities within the Newcastle/Hunter area could live with assistants as a L’Arche family.

Our People

CEO

David Treanor, National Leader

Leadership Team

Claire Lawler – Deputy National Leader

Kat Barrington – Administration Officer

Names of Board Members

National Board:
Julia Walters – Chairperson
Catryn Tuckwell – Secretary
Carmel Towler -(Brisbane) Treasurer
Kumar Rasiah – (Sydney)
Rob Nichols – (Melbourne)
Brendan Sullivan (Hobart)
Barry Sandison (Canberra)
Josie Kitch (At large Director)-Chair of Fundraising
Michael Hutchinson (National Council Rep)

Number of Employees

104 across L' Arche Australia

Number of Volunteers

120 across L' Arche Australia

Registration Information

ABN

33 008 547 028

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

Wills and Bequests
A bequest to L’Arche will enable us to continue providing support and opportunities to those with an intellectual disability. Your generous help in this way will help guarantee the stability of life that is so important to those who too often have encountered pain and suffering.
A bequest may take the form of the whole or a part of your estate, a specified sum of money, real estate, stocks or shares, insurance policies, works of art, collections or personal effects such as jewellery. It is advisable to discuss the way your gift will be most effective with an estate planning adviser or your solicitor.
A suggested wording for your will or codicil:
I bequeath for the general purpose of L’Arche ……. * the following items *** free of all succession estate capital gains tax and other death duties, and declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer of L’Arche shall be sufficient discharge for my Executor.
* Please insert one or more of the following: L’Arche Australia, L’Arche Sydney, L’Arche Genesaret (Canberra), L’Arche Beni-Abbes (Hobart), L’Arche Brisbane, L’Arche Melbourne. Hunter Friends of L’Arche, Friends of L’Arche Perth.
*** Please indicate clearly what you wish to bequeath.
Should you wish to discuss any of the above matters you are welcome to call your local L’Arche Community or contact the L’Arche Australia office – 03 6238 4341 or email: leader@larche.org.au

General Donations

$50 will help provide vital information to a potential volunteer to allow them to support our communities;

$100 assists with providing essential training to a volunteer in a community house shared with people living with an intellectual disability so they can provide appropriate support;

$60 will help provide accessible resources for someone living with an intellectual disability to assist them with expressing their voic;

$200 will help provide accommodation at the ‘L’Arche Australia Listening and Speaking’ event to assist someone living with an intellectual disability to articulate their voice and be listened to.

$300 can help provide travel to the ‘ L’Arche Australia Listening and Speaking’ event to enable vital connection to the broader community.

Other support

L’Arche Australia are currently planning a holiday for the members with intellectual disability and assistants from our communities in Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Hunter for September/October 2017. Small groups from each community will come together to enjoy being with other and to deepen relationships. Our National Listening and Speaking Group are planning this and the options for holidays are: A cruise in Australia, New Zealand (where we have a community), Sydney or Hobart. The total cost would be approx $30,000 to $40,000. If you could assist financially towards this important holiday please contact Claire Lawler – deputy@larche.org.au

Work with us

What is an Assistant?
The main pathway to being part of a L’Arche Community is by becoming a Live-in Assistant. A live-In Assistant is someone in living with shares and creates home with people who have intellectual disabilities (the term we use in L’Arche is Core Members) and other Assistants; a home which reflects values of personal dignity, celebration and honest relationships.
A live-in L’Arche assistant supports Core Members to take part in the local life of the community. In your household, together you cook, clean and run a household; perhaps you support people in personal care, to go to work; support Core Members to maintain their social life, maintain contact with their friends and family. Most Communities have a range of regular events that you will be actively participating in. Not all Assistants are live-in and many people who are part of the Community also work as a live-out Assistant. Each Community is different and has developed services that are particular to the needs of the people it supports. Some Core Members are supported to live in their own flats, supported by a network of paid and non-paid relationships.
The role of Assistant is engaging, complex, challenging rewarding and a way for you to secure new knowledge and skills. Please go to our website www.larche.org.au for further information.

Volunteer with us

L’Arche households are similar to family homes and offer many opportunities for volunteers to participate in the life of the community.
While sometimes volunteers prefer to be anonymous, others want to become more actively involved. Some of the ways volunteers can help include:
Providing transport
Preparing a weekly meal
Undertaking minor house maintenance
Helping with a regular reading or letter writing session
Make a regular visit to a household
For more details see below.
Providing Transport
The members of a L’Arche community take their part in the wider community both socially and in the workplace.
Sometimes it is not practical to use public transport between a home and the workplace or a social event. If you are willing to provide transport either on a regular or ad hoc basis this service would be a wonderful support to the community.
To explore this option, please contact any of the communities listed on the contacts page.
Being a Friend
Persons with disability in L’Arche often have a limited social network. Getting to know a community member by meeting over a cup or tea, going to a movie, going to game of football or inviting a member home for dinner, can be a rewarding experience.
As with any friendship, the important elements are regular contact, informality, faithfulness and a mutual interest.
If you are looking to make new friends, and want to explore this within L’Arche, please go to our website www.larche.org.au

Our Annual Reports

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