Accompaniment is supporting a care assistant at L'Arche; being a mentor to them as they navigate through their role as a support person to adults with learning disabilities. Typically, accompaniment is a one-to-one meeting with an assistant that takes place once a month and lasts for about one hour. It is not supervision and it is not about assessing how that assistant is doing at their job. The essential aspects of accompaniment are: listening, caring, clarifying, affirming and challenging. Assistants need to feel they are listened to, that someone cares for them and clarifies with them community expectations. It is confidential and should take place somewhere relaxed and away from from the assistant's workplace; in Covid times, this usually happens over Zoom, or whilst walking in a public park, social distancing.
The basic skills required of this role include: active listening, building trust, encouraging, identifying goals, instructing and developing capabilities, inspiring, providing corrective feedback and the willingness and genuine interest in learning about L'Arche and the accompaniment support structure.
As an Accompanier you will be offered an opportunity that is fulfilling, interesting and life-affirming, a chance to broaden your experience and skills and enable you to make a real difference in Ipswich.
Accompanier (Mentoring) Induction Training
L’Arche Ipswich is a vibrant person-centred community supporting adults with a learning disability to grow in confidence, skills and independence. We are part of a global network where people with and without learning disabilities live and share in life together, working for a world where we all belong. L’Arche is an ecumenical Christian community which welcomes people of all faiths and none.
In Ipswich our community offers high quality person-centred residential support, that has been rated outstanding twice by CQC. We have exciting plans for our future.
The faith-led community at L’Arche Ipswich opened in 2006. Our houses are much like any family home. People with learning disabilities live here, along with live-in assistants. They live and work together, sharing day-to-day tasks such as cooking, cleaning and laundry. A busy calendar includes shared meals, family days, weekly house meetings, birthday celebrations and prayer time.