What is ARC?

ARC is a forward thinking National Charity with a dedication to promoting REAL CHANGE in the learning disability sector. Our members are the key to achieving this.

ARC members come in all shapes and sizes, with one common goal: commitment to supporting people with a learning disability to live inclusive, active and purposeful lives by providing high quality, person-centred services.

ARC supports learning disability providers to put REAL CHANGE into action by providing information, training, support, advice and networking opportunities.

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ARC’s members include:

  • Residential Care providers
  • Supported Living providers
  • Training organisations
  • Special schools and colleges
  • Providers of daytime and leisure activities

Our Vision

Our vision as one of the largest umbrella bodies representing service providers in the learning disability sector, is to be the first choice for:

  • Providers across all sectors including the public, voluntary and independent sectors, who want to improve how they support people who have a learning disability.
  • People who have a learning disability who want to be involved with improving outcomes and how their support is planned and run at a local and national level, just like our work with the National Involvement Network in Scotland.
  • The Statutory Sector: Governments, Local Authorities and Regulators who want the best opportunity to engage effectively with the local sector and improve relationships between themselves and providers.

The Association for Real Change exists to improve the quality of life for people who have a learning disability by supporting anyone who is involved in the planning or delivery of support and services.

Our work to drive change and support providers to deliver quality care and support can be applied to benefit people with other additional support needs. We are committed to sharing our learning and experience across all sectors that may benefit.

Benefits of ARC Membership

By becoming a member of the Association for Real Change you will benefit from:

  • Being involved: as part of a diverse community sharing ideas and values, and benefitting from opportunities to collaborate, build relationships and network.
  • Having a voice: and joining with like-minded organisations to influence government policy and developments via representation at local, regional and national levels.
  • Being supported: with
    • guidance and information to keep you up-to-date with news and abreast of key developments within the sector.
    • training, consultancy and funding opportunities to help develop a competent, qualified workforce.

Other benefits:

  • Discounts on publications, training, events and conferences.
  • Access to a wide range of qualifications with reduced rates for Registration and Certification.
  • Participation in ARC projects and pilot training programmes.
  • Promotion of your organisation and a Job Vacancy Listing Service via the ARC UK website.

Find out more about ARC’s Members

Join ARC today.

ARC’s vision is the same across the UK but certain information such as training and legislation is different in each country.

  • For more information visit the individual country ARC websites.

ARC is a member of the Care Provider Alliance a group of 11 care provider organisations working together since 2009 to ensure that providers are made aware of key policy initiatives and their potential impact.

ARC is also a founding member of the Driving Up Quality Alliance which represents 80% of all learning disability service providers in the country. The formation of the Alliance and subsequent drafting of the Driving up Quality Code was a direct response to the abuse at Winterbourne View, and marks an obligation to taking steps to both avoid the recurrence of what happened at Winterbourne View and ensure people with learning disabilities, or behaviour that challenges, can look forward to an ordinary life with high quality support.