Becoming a volunteer

Becoming a volunteerBecome a volunteer and help the children…

Here you will find information on what we expect of our volunteers and how we support them.

What we ask ARCh volunteers to do…
Help in a primary school for 1½ hours, twice a week, during term-time.
Attend two training sessions, each lasting 4½ hours and make a commitment of at least a year.
ARCh volunteers come from all sorts of backgrounds. All they need is to:

  • like children
  • enjoy reading
  • be patient and adaptable
  • be over 18

Volunteer stories

Watch our video on becoming a volunteer

Become a volunteerHow we help volunteers..

The training sessions prepare them to work with the children.
We provide books and games, with the opportunity to exchange them regularly.
We pay travelling expenses between home and school.
We introduce volunteers into their school and provide ongoing support in the form of school visits and termly meetings.

A Certificate of Honour

Councillor Rae Humberstone presented this year’s Certificate of Honour during a special ceremony, on Monday 9 May 2016, Oxford Town Hall. The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Rae Humberstone is recognising ten volunteers for their dedication and exceptional service to others in a local community in Oxford with a Certificate of Honour during a special ceremony at the Oxford Town Hall.

How to apply

Download an application form for printing

Click here to download the volunteer application form

It is in the form of a Microsoft Word document and thus you will need this program to open it. If you do not have this program please use the form below and we will get back to you.

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Download the application file.
    A Window will pop up requesting to either save or open the file. Select Save As.. and then choose a location to put the file in. The recommended location is in the My Documents folder.
  2. Open Microsoft Word and using the Open… option locate the ‘ARCh Volunteer Application.doc’ file.
  3. Once the file is open, print it out.
  4. Fill in the paper forms and remember to sign!
  5. Post the forms to us. Our address is found on the Home page of this site.

Request a printed form

Use the following form to request a printed application form.

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