L’Arche Highland is a community of people with and without learning disabilities who share life through work, celebration, and mutual relationships of friendship and trust. We affirm and celebrate the unique value of every person and recognise our need for one another.

L’Arche Highland is 44 years old. It was founded by Therese Vanier, Jean Vanier’s sister, in 1975 with a large shared house called Braerannoch, which welcomed people with learning disabilities who had left long-stay hospitals.

Today there are four shared homes, which provide support to fourteen adults with learning disabilities. Our core members live together with live-in assistants who support them in their day-to-day lives. In addition to our shared homes, we also support core members who wish to live more independently.

Story telling is at the heart of our community, and indeed the Highlands. Stories are shared around a fire, or on a walk in the mountains, in trust. The joy and growth, as well as the doubt, heartache and confusion, creates a rich and important storytelling environment.

Highland hospitality is woven into the fabric of our community - our tartan if you like – with shared meals, gatherings, ceilidhs and celebrations.

L’Arche Highland truly believe in what we do, whether it’s a ‘wee blether’ and a cup of tea or a great adventure, together we are transforming lives every day.