Community is…

  • “A house” – Noreen
  • “A big family” – Nicola
  • “a soft space” – Maria
  • “everyone together” – May
  • “a roundy thing…. around the table sort of thing” – Thomas
  • “a place where people can be themselves” – Emily 
  • “living life together; we support each other.” – Kelsey


“Community is not an ideal; it is people. It is you and I.” — Jean Vanier, Founder of L’Arche




Our community is formed through our relationships with core members, or adults with an intellectual disability.  As the name implies, core members are “core” to who L’Arche is and why it exists.


In L’Arche Belfast, we are home to 9 core members.  Here are a few of their stories…