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Live-in assistant


Live-in assistant

L'Arche Community


At a Glance

  • Start Date:23/05/2018
  • End Date:23/05/2019
  • Closing date:30/05/2019
  • Post Updated:29/05/2018
  • Min Hours:40hours
  • Role Type:Other

Requirements:The applicants have to be over 18 with a good level of English.It is a benefit to have a driving license but this is not a necessity


The main role of a house assistant in L’Arche is to live and build community by creating home with people who have an intellectual disability and with the other assistants in the house in which you are living.  As a house assistant you would be living in one of the community houses and sharing in responsibility for the life of the house.  House assistants carry responsibility for creating home and building community. Assistants need to be flexible with their time and space.

The pattern of your day starts with getting yourself and others up for breakfast, then perhaps accompanying people to the workshop.  The morning is spent doing household chores such as cleaning, shopping, laundry, etc.  Assistants are usually free from 12:30pm until 3:30pm when everyone comes home from work. Preparing and sharing the evening meal is an important time of the day for everyone. Afterwards there is time to relax together, go for a walk, listen to music together, etc.  Like any family this takes many forms depending on the people in the house. 

The assistants have one day off per week and a long week end of 3 1/2 day off per month. 

They have their own bedroom.

They also have 4 weeks off holidays during the year.

They receive a stipend of 250euro per month. It is their pocket money, they don't need to pay any rent, food or electricity..

All assistants participate at a formation prograame during the year including Fire safety, M.A.P.A, Medication management..

For more information, please check our website

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

Building relationships of mutual trust and care with all those with whom you live and work, this includes both residents and assistants alike.

Helping our residents to develop the personal skills that will enable them to take as much responsibility as possible for their own lives.

Giving appropriate personal care and support to residents in a spirit of mutual respect.

Homemaking, which includes: cooking, shopping, cleaning, and laundry .  Preparing celebrations and events in the house and in the community.

All those particular responsibilities are exercised as part of a team of assistants working together in mutual respect and care where it is expected that the assistant respects and supports the leadership within the house and the community structures and policies.

Skills required for this role:

A general attitude of openness to relationship and respect for dignity, autonomy, choice, privacy and integration underpins all of the specific responsibilities outlined above.

Important personal qualities for this life include maturity, warmth, friendliness, sense of responsibility, integrity, sense of humour and flexibility.

Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Sandrine Dunlop

Address: L'Arche Community, Fair Green lane, Callan, co.Kilkenny


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