ARCh - Assisted Reading for Children
New volunteers wanted to begin sessions in school as soon as possible.
Our mission – to impart a love of reading to disadvantaged children in Oxfordshire, enhancing their lives and improving their life chances.
Oxfordshire has almost 16,000 children living in poverty; ten of its wards are listed in the top 25% most disadvantaged nationally.
ARCh is an award-winning charity, unique in Oxfordshire, which reaches out to many of these children in primary schools across the county.
Since its inception in 2008 ARCh’s professionally trained Reading Mentors have helped to transform the lives of thousands of children by giving them a lifelong love of reading
Today the charity has around 260 Reading Helpers who give their time generously to support the literacy and communication skills of 800 children in 120 Oxfordshire primary schools each year. The number of schools requesting our service continues to grow and we have an expanding volunteer base.
There is a vastly increased need for ARCh support as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
We are continuing to recruit and train new volunteers to begin sessions in school as soon as possible. Interviews and training are being conducted online via Zoom.
The wellbeing of volunteers and of our partner school communities is of the utmost importance to us and we have developed safe working protocols for all our volunteers in schools.
If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us on
?Suite E, Gobles Court, 7 Market Square, Bicester, OX26 6AA
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