Service Coordinator, L'Arche London

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£35,000 per annum
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Service Coordinator, L'Arche London


At L’Arche we build Communities together with people with learning disabilities rather than doing it for them, and we are committed to mutually transforming relationships in a world where all belong. 

L’Arche London is a diverse and inclusive Christian community of 100 people with and without learning disabilities, sharing ordinary life and building extraordinary relationships. Excellence in care and a commitment to living in community is what makes us unique. We are a high quality care and support provider, regulated by the Care Quality Commission in England.

Are you inspired to bring your skills, experience and values to support our vision of a more human society? 



Reports to: Head of Support and Care (Registered Manager)

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week, usually Monday - Friday 9 - 5pm

NB Service Coordinators are required to balance management administration with being present in the group's houses. This necessitates some occasional evening and weekend work to be agreed with their line manager.

Salary: £35,000 per annum (with an increment in the second year) 

Place of work: L’Arche London community houses and office (all within a walking distance, based in West Norwood, London)


Main purpose of the role:

The Service Coordinator leads and manages the Oak Group, one of three groups in the L'Arche London community, comprising of a range of services for people with learning disabilities and its team of assistants. 

To lead the service delivery within this group in line with L'Arche values, standards and the requirements of the Care Quality Commission [CQC]. 

To play an active role in the leadership of L'Arche London, helping shape a vibrant community of people with and without learning disabilities.

Leadership and People Management:

  • Supervise and work with the Deputy Service Coordinator to lead a team of 15 Support Assistants. Ensure each assistant in the group is regularly supervised, trained, and appraised, and that action is taken to effectively manage performance issues.
  • Understand the requirements of the CQC and other relevant legislation and ensure that all applicable standards are met including adult safeguarding. 
  • As part of the Community Coordinating Team, implement appropriate policies and procedures, promoting the wider L'Arche mission, vision and values.
  • Be on the On-Call rota every 6 - 8 weeks, with flexibility as service requires. (Additional pay provided.) 
  • Contribute to the recruitment/ interviewing of Assistants.

Provision of Support to People with Learning Disabilities

  • Ensure the provision of high quality personalised support for each person with a learning disability in the Oak group, implementing Person Centred Support Plans to maximise independence, personal choice, and autonomy.
  • Enable each person with learning disabilities to feel at home, encouraging both individuality and belonging, ensuring that everyone is informed of their rights and responsibilities as a member of the Community group and as a tenant.
  • Support each person to manage various aspects of their life, from their personal budgets to their health and well-being.
  • On occasion, provide one-to-one support to people with learning disabilities at home or in the community.

Administration and Management

  • Maintain high standards of communication and record keeping, ensuring an effective flow of information within the Group, with the rest of L'Arche London, the local community, family and professionals.
  • Work closely with the Deputy Service Coordinator to oversee the work rota.           

Creating Community

  • Attend and organise Community events and celebrations relevant to the role and foster a sense of welcome for all visitors and friends; ensure a regular rhythm of prayer and reflection in accordance with the traditions of L’Arche.


  • Attend training and personal development courses as required.
  • Any other reasonable duties commensurate with the post which may be required from time to time.


What We Offer

As well as joining a friendly Community, where you will be well supervised and supported, and benefit from L’Arche’s mentorship programme, these are some other benefits you get by working for us:

  • Joining shared meals since cooking and having a meal together is what we are all about
  • Paid sick pay, up to a maximum of 7wks (depending on length of service)
  • Enhanced Maternity, Adoption/Surrogacy, and Paternity Pay (depending on length of service, details available on request)
  • Interest free loans and salary advances available
  • Free eye tests and a contribution towards the cost of glasses if you need them for work
  • Free DBS / PVG checks
  • Free SSSC registration
  • Free Blue Light Card
  • Professional membership fees paid if they are directly relevant to your role
  • Free Employee Assistance Programme available to everyone
  • Up to 5 days paid compassionate leave
  • Up to 6 days paid (pro rata) for time off for emergency dependents leave
  • Carer and Childminder costs available in some circumstances to facilitate attendance at residential meetings
  • Paid mileage costs at HMRC rate
  • Working from Home Allowance for those in office-based roles but for whom no office is provided
  • Specialist bereavement counselling for employees and their family members
  • Free Life Assurance up to 4 times gross annual salary
  • Access to the Bike to Work scheme
  • This post is offered subject to a probationary period of 6 months; 3 clear references; a completed work history form; a satisfactory and up-to-date enhanced DBS check; and a satisfactory right to work check as appointees must have the right to work in the UK.
  • There is no additional pay for overtime, but Time off in lieu (TOIL) will be given and agreed with the line manager when circumstances require the post-holder to work extra hours. TOIL should be taken within 2 weeks of being accrued.
  • All Service Coordinators are the on-call rota for 1 week every 6 - 8 weeks. There is an additional payment of £56 a week for being on-call.
  • Paid holiday allowance of 33 days leave per year. (This total is inclusive of 8 days in lieu of bank holidays).
  • Service Coordinators will be provided with a programme of personal development and training including opportunities to study for QCF qualifications in social care and leadership development through L'Arche in the UK's leadership development programme.

A full job description and person specification can be found in the Recruitment Pack.

To apply, please submit your CV and answer the questions on our online application form. Please also include a cover letter providing in depth explanation of how you meet the job and person specifications for this role. Please give examples where you can.

Closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 15 July 2024.

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