Nationwide supports L’Arche

Nationwide have been a continual support to our community over the past year from grant support, organising a sponsored walk and providing volunteers in our projects.

The team are delighted to announce that we have been successful in obtaining a new grant! This new grant will allow us to renovate our original house that opened in 2001, to run our Art project “In Other Words” for another year and to create our very first music therapy section. 

We are deeply grateful for their support which lets us continue to change one heart at a time.

Celebrating 18 years

L’Arche Belfast just celebrated our 18th Anniversary.

Without the dedication of Maria and Scott over the years, this journey would not have been possible, they are a continuous strength to us all. Scott is a much respected, inspirational Community Leader.

Good luck to Gillian

The community extend Gillian much love and best wishes in her future adventures. 

Gillian was the driving force behind the development of our projects. 

We sincerely hope that her new place of employment is full of fun and happiness and we all thank her for her time with L’Arche Belfast.

Pizza, Pool & Pint Summer Social

Our projects all came together over the summer months on a Wednesday evening for this new social event which was a huge success! Starting off at St Johns church community pizza event the teams walked down to the Pavilion Bar for a night of fun and laughter.

A big thank you to Brian for organising this new event.

Watch this space for a new project emerging!

Art Group Shortlisted…

We’re pleased to announce that L’Arche Project, In Other Words has been shortlisted for the Co-op Local Community Fund.

As a Co-op member, every time you shop at Co-op, 1% of what you spend goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund. We are asking you to please go online and vote for In Other Words.

Vote immediately if you’re a Co-Op member or you can become a member easily by signing up online or in any Co-Op shop.

The more votes that In Other Words gets, the more funding. And the more funding, the more valuable sessions we can deliver. 

Root Soup Catering in the City Hall

On 6th February L’Arche, Root Soup, Grow Cook Cater and a whole group of new volunteers joined forces to cater for the  4 Corners Festival Belfast closing feast in Belfast City Hall. It was an honour to cater for the group of carers who were invited by the Lord Mayor for a three course dinner in the grandeur of the City Hall.

What an amazing team! Root Soup, led by Alison Pettigrew,  were preparing food all day with many of their regular, loyal, volunteers and some new volunteers such as local chef Jason Harris. In the afternoon the Grow Cook Cater team arrived to set the tables, a mammoth task which they completed to an absolute professional level. More volunteers kept arriving with Thomas, Andrew and Vinny from the Hearth L’Arche house completing the finishing touches on the tables. Some of us were taught how to pour wine for the guests while the another team of young volunteers from the Clonard area assisted the Root Soup guys to serve and clear up.

Special respect to the dishes team, slogging away in the background and the last ones standing at 10.30pm!

Thank you to everyone for your help and to the 4Corners Festival for the opportunity. See you next year!

Grow Cook Cater are recruiting participants NOW!!!!!


Grow Cook Cater is a unique training programme for young people with learning disabilities, linking growing tasty organic vegetables and fruit with cooking and catering.

Who: The course is for young people with a learning disability aged primarily between 18 and 25 (exceptions will be made on the upper age limit).
Duration: 10 months, 1 and a half days per week (one day in allotment, half day in kitchen).

Schedule:  Kitchen Sessions = Monday OR Thursday OR Friday 9am – 1pm & Allotment Sessions = Tuesday OR Wednesday OR Thursday 9am – 3.30pm

CONTACT: Brian Burns (L’Arche Belfast),    07741462552

Funded through Big Lottery Fund NI Empowering Young People programme.

GROW   In the Garden young people will follow the seasons of the year and be challenged to ready the ground, plant, tend the plot, and harvest.  They will also take responsibility for caring for the chickens.  As part of this work they will benefit from a structured programme of education, training and exercise and be encouraged to develop their own gardens independently. Nutrition awareness and improved diets will result.


COOK    In the Kitchen young people will have the opportunity to prepare, cook and serve meals using produce grown in the Garden.  The training will develop independent living skills, communication and team work. Nutrition awareness and improved diets will result.


CATER   The Table Programme will develop the young people’s skills to share the food they have grown and cooked.  They will develop food service skills in different environments – serving their friends and families with meals, providing community lunches for disadvantaged communities and catering for community and corporate functions.


The training programme will include a Summer Scheme, participation in Festivals, Fetes and work day visits providing interactive, social and work experiences for participants.