L’Arche: Building communities with people who have learning disabilities

 OFFICE,  18a St Radigunds Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2AA

Tel: 01227 643 025  kent@larche.org.uk www.larchekent.org.uk

November 2013

All Parishes within the Canterbury Diocese

Dear Friends

A number of local churches in different ways have been greatly supportive of the journey L’Arche has taken in Kent over the past year, as it took the decision to close the UK’s first L’Arche house and move closer to Canterbury.

Whilst it has been a turbulent year, it has also proven to be a year of exciting new growth and change for the community. We have developed two new gardening projects for people with learning disabilities and volunteers in the centre of Canterbury, we have opened new offices in Canterbury and we have launched two new houses for people with learning disabilities, within walking distance of Canterbury city centre.

Beyond new spaces and people, the journey of the community over the past year has brought us into contact and new relationships with many churches and faith groups around Canterbury. This has been a real gift for our community and I hope also a gift for those who have got to know us a little.

Throughout the year, a number of people from different churches around Canterbury who have family or friends with a learning disability asked me to keep them updated as to when our new house becomes available. It has been impossible to keep track of the number of different enquiries however I promised I would at least let churches know, as and when the new opportunities became available, so that church members could be informed.

So I thought should take this opportunity to let you know that the L’Arche community are now welcoming enquiries for our two new houses. I would be very happy to meet with any members from your congregation who might be interested in finding out more about our new opportunities.

I would be very grateful if perhaps you could find a small place in your newsletters, bulletins or announcements simply to announce that:

“L’Arche Kent – a Christian community of people with and without learning disabilities‐ has recently developed new housing and support opportunities for people with learning disabilities in Canterbury. For more information, please contact the community leader on 01227 643 025 or james.cuming@larche.org.uk

Should you or a member of your congregation with to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

With sincere thanks and best wishes,

James Cuming

Community Leader