Volunteers needed!

L’Arche Kent is a community of people with and without learning disabilities, including Support Assistants, volunteers, friends and neighbours, based in Canterbury. It is a model of creative and inclusive practice in the provision of support to its members (beer brewing features very highly in its activities), and refers to its voluntary Community Support Group (CSG) in advancing its goals of mutual service, promoting community, boosting spirituality and maintaining outreach to the wider society. The CSG meets quarterly, and our meetings are always dynamic, lively and fun! However, we are now in need of more members. If you would like to know more, and become involved with this wonderful community, please contact Cathy Bernal on cathy.bernal@kmms.ac.uk. I can guarantee that you will not be bored – and that you will meet some very impressive individuals!



18th June 2014 – Save the date!

On 18th June, the Learning Disability Community of Practice will be holding a conference in Chatham entitled, “‘Addressing Health Inequalities in Learning Disability Week 2014”. The aims of the day are for participants to be able to:

  1. benefit from the sharing of collaborative initiatives to address health inequalities amongst local people with learning disabilities;
  2. utilise reflective groups in order to further develop their current initiatives;
  3. stimulate the Community of Practice and further exploit their membership by networking with other members in a creative approach to problem-solving; and
  4. contribute to the expansion and further activities of the Community of Practice.

We are very keen to hear from anyone who would like to present anything they are currently doing that they feel addresses health inequalities amongst people with learning disabilities – whether they are generic healthcare staff, people with learning disabilities, carers or specialist healthcare staff. If you have an idea that you’d like to present, please contact the organisers (ideally copying to all):




Thanks. We’re very much looking forward to hearing from you! Further details of the day, including how to apply, will be posted here soon.