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Regional Leader - Scotland and North of England

Job Description

We seek a new Regional Leader to be responsible for four Communities, and to support the development of L’Arche in Scotland. Together these Communities support and sustain 100 people with learning disabilities, employ 185 people and have 120 non-employed members, friends and volunteers.


  • To guide the Communities within the region to live out fully the Mission and Identity of L’Arche, ensuring that the four key dimensions of L’Arche – service provision, community, spirituality and outreach – are integrated and held in balance.
  • To supervise Community Leaders and ensure they are providing high quality support and care in accordance with relevant national care standards.
  • To be an ex officio member of the Local Committee of each community.
  • To be a  member of the UK National Leadership Team and contribute to national work streams.



  • Ensure the Communities live out faithfully and creatively the Identity and Mission of L’Arche.
  • Manage, supervise and annually appraise the Community Leaders, coaching and developing them to enable them to lead all four dimensions of L’Arche with equal confidence.
  • Ensure the Communities are following relevant legislation and best practice in support and care, housing, health and safety and other relevant areas, and are working in partnership with their members with learning disabilities.
  • Ensure processes are in place within the Communities for formation - to support members to discover, experience and explore the identity and mission of L’Arche and their own personal life journey and values.
  • Support the communities to plan budgets and manage their finances in order to meet required standards of service provision and resource their community life.
  • Ensure local fundraising plans are in place, drawn up in collaboration with the National Fundraising Team.
  • Carry out audit functions and report to the Deputy National Leader and National Board, and provide feedback to the Communities which strengthens their motivation and commitment.
  • Collaborate closely with Local Committee and ensure the close partnership between Community Leaders, Regional Leader and Local Committees.
  • Lead collaborative processes with community members to develop Community plans, in partnership with Community Leaders and Local Committee Chairs.
  • Support the Communities to understand and take on the rights and responsibilities of membership of the International Federation of L’Arche, and to implement policy and directives from the Federation and L’Arche UK.
  • Encourage the development of strong relationships with local and national government authorities, faith groups and professional organisations.


  • Co-ordinate and lead Regional Councils and other meetings.
  • Foster and co-ordinate Regional life through gatherings, retreats and formation.
  • Encourage solidarity and sharing between communities in the Region, the Country and the Federation.
  • Accompany and guide new groups within the Region who are interested in forming new L’Arche communities.


  • Take the lead for policy areas as agreed with the Deputy National Leader. For this role, there is an expectation that the Regional Leader will lead on issues specific to Scotland, including care standards and regulations.
  • Contribute to the national team work plan on a range of strategies and projects
  • Participate in National Councils, and International meetings as required.
  • Attend National Board when requested by National Leader and National Chair.

To undertake any other appropriate task as from time to time agreed. The apportionment of Communities between Community Leaders is not fixed, and may, following consultation with the post-holders, be changed to meet the changing needs of L’Arche in the UK.

L'Arche is a worldwide federation of Communities of people with and without learning disabilities.  L’Arche creates communities where people can share life together and support each other, nourishing mutual friendships that reveal the gifts of each other. The essential dimensions to L’Arche are service, community, spiritual and outreach. The provision of commissioned support and care services is an integral part of most L’Arche Communities.

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