Assisted Reading for Children Oxfordshire (ARCh).

ARCh is an award-winning charity, unique in Oxfordshire, which reaches out to many children in primary schools across the county. Since its inception in 2008 ARCh’s professionally trained Reading Helpers have helped to transform the lives of thousands of children by giving them a lifelong love of reading. Today the charity has over 300 Reading Helpers who give their time generously to support the literacy and communication skills of 900 children in 120 Oxfordshire primary schools each year. The number of schools requesting the service continues to grow and they have an expanding volunteer base.

ARCh Reading Helpers volunteer for a few hours per week, during term-time only, in school opening hours. It is important that the children they work with have continuity and stability, therefore they need volunteers who can be relied on to attend their sessions regularly and volunteer with ARCh for a minimum of one school year. It is possible for volunteers to take holidays during term-time, they just ask that the children are given adequate notice.

Volunteers have ongoing support from Field Workers who are based around the county, a wonderful supply of games and books, as well as the opportunity to meet other volunteers, exchange resources and listen to talks on relevant topics by local authors or education professionals each term.

To find out more go to or call 01869 320380.

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