ARCh – Assisted Reading for Children

Inspiring children to read

Assisted Reading for Children began as a new local registered charity in 2008.

Since then the charity has helped over 5,000 Oxfordshire children develop a love of reading to enhance their lives.

There are currently more than 250 ARCh volunteers working with nearly 800 children in Oxfordshire and our numbers continue to increase.

This website introduces you to who we are and what we do.

Who we help…

Many children have yet to find pleasure in reading.

  • Some have lost confidence because they’ve fallen behind.
  • Some are shy and don’t communicate well.
  • Some have missed out on the development of vital skills in early childhood.
  • Some have difficulty concentrating.
  • Some don’t speak English at home.
  • Some don’t have books or anyone to read or talk with at home.
  • Some just haven’t found the right book to hook their interest.
  • Some just need a boost to help them catch up.

The children are chosen by their teachers as the ones who will benefit most from ARCh support.

How we help…

At ARCh we recruit, train and support volunteers to work in primary schools across Oxfordshire, we help around 800 children a year.

The children benefit from two individual half-hour sessions each week during term-time with their ARCh volunteer. The sessions are at school during school hours and involve a mixture of conversation, sharing books and playing games. The main idea is to make the children feel happy and successful, so they start to think of reading as something they can enjoy.