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Reading Helper Volunteer Recruitment & Resourcing

by Assisted Reading for Children in Bicester, England, United Kingdom


raised of £2,000 target


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This project will only be funded if at least £2,000 is pledged by 1st September 2020 at 11:55pm

To increase volunteer base and resources so that we can help disadvantaged Oxfordshire children catch up with reading once schools reopen

by Assisted Reading for Children in Bicester, England, United Kingdom

Elaine and Jane ran the Oxfordshire branch of a national charity called Volunteer Reading Help until 2008 when the charity closed 5 branches in the South of England due to a lack of funding. At this time there were 120 volunteers supporting 360 children across Oxfordshire.

With help from many local supporters,ARCh was set up as an independent charity to carry on the good work, focussing purely on Oxfordshire.

In that time we have more than doubled the number of children we help each year thanks to the ever increasing pool of volunteers. The charity’s work is unique in Oxfordshire.

In 2016 ARCh won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

 ARCh is the current  OCVA  Oxfordshire Charity of the Year and the Cherwell Business Awards Charity of the Year.

Following the COVID cris we need to bring a life enhancing love of reading to thousands of children in Oxfordshire. We need more volunteers to join us and funding to help us source the perfect books and games to hook even the most reluctant readers.

A love of reading is the key skill for a happy and successful life at school and beyond. yet many children have been disengaged from reading and missing out on education since March, impacting on their confidence. happiness and life prospects  - a problem for the community as a whole.

ARCh volunteers work one to one with children in primary schools; they become special friends over the course of a year, make the children feel valued and give them the confidence to achieve. We work with the volunteers to find resources that will interest the children and develop a love of reading.

Imparting a love of reading for purpose and pleasure is so very rewarding. The intervention enhances not only the children's well-being but the volunteers' as well.

It is often said that it takes a whole village to raise a child and we are calling on the whole community to help us help more children to enjoy happy reading and happy lives.

Please donate to help!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£150 or more

0 of 1000 claimed

Sponsor ARCh support for a child for a year

£150 pays for ARCh support for a child for a whole year. You will receive a personalised thank you and regular updates on progress

£15 or more

0 of 1000 claimed

£15 Reward

Your pledge will buy a book or game that could hook a child into reading. Your name will be added in the book or game and we will send you a personalised thank you note

£50 or more

0 of 300 claimed

£50 Reward

£50 will sponsor an ARCh book box. Your name will be displayed on a book box used in school by one of our volunteers. You will receive a personalised thank you and a photo of the book box in action!

£768 or more

£768 full

A plegde of £768 covers the full year costs to the charity of recruiting, supporting and resourcing a volunteer. You will receive a personalised thank you and updates on the volunteer and the children they are supporting

Let's make 'Reading Helper Volunteer Recruitment & Resourcing' happen

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