Employer Supported Volunteering

Inspiring children to read

What could Company Volunteering bring to your organisation?

ARCh would like to invite your company to join the quest to build a nation of confident children, literate for life.

Working in partnership will combine staff development with community outreach, using an established training and placement programme to achieve maximum impact in terms of staff development, staff morale and community perception. Companies invest £500 per employee, which covers initial and follow-up training, support and resources over the year following introduction to a school.

We promise an efficient, effective and flexible service to match your company’s needs and the needs of children in your local community.

What is expected of a Company Volunteer?

An ARCh Company volunteer visits a school once a week spending half an hour each with two children. The school selects children who they believe will benefit from the additional help of an ARCh volunteer. The child may be struggling with reading, lack language skills or have little confidence. The volunteer talks to the child, reads books and plays games supplied by ARCh.

Our volunteers do not need particular qualifications or experience. They need to be patient, enjoy reading and have the appropriate interpersonal skills to help children and liaise with school staff. All volunteers must understand and observe ARCh guidance and our safeguarding and confidentiality policies.

Our company training programme was specially developed with the Department of Education and the NSPCC. The quality and consistency of our service is unmatched in the field. We offer quality training, on-going professional advice, support and monitoring. We also provide an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for every volunteer.

Once a company commits to the scheme ARCh will

  • Arrange a staff presentation at a convenient time to explain the scheme in more detail to interested employees
  • Manage the volunteer recruitment process
  • Broker the relationship with local schools
  • Arrange ‘drop in sessions’ at a convenient time to help staff fill out the DBS forms and to conduct an informal interview
  • Train your employees on company premises
  • Organise introductory visits to the school
  • Provide ARCh book-boxes equipped with books and games to entice reluctant readers
  • Provide ongoing field support and follow-up training
  • Provide an evaluation of the impact of your scheme
  • Work with you in partnership to raise your company profile in the local community

Vikki’s story

ARCh Overview – Working with Oxford University Press

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