StaffInspiring children to read
The ARCh team has a wealth of experience in the education field.
The team’s role is to train and support reading helpers and liaise with their schools ensuring a positive outcome for all.
After a career in finance, and starting a family, I finally found what I felt was the perfect role in 2003, supporting volunteers for a national charity Volunteer Reading Help (VRH).
I have always been an avid reader and thoroughly enjoyed sharing books with my own children, both of whom could read independently before the age of 5. Volunteering in their school had opened my eyes to the fact that not every child gets a good start to reading.
When VRH closed operations in Oxfordshire in 2008 there was no question that the service should continue, hence ARCh was born! We will be eternally grateful for all the support received from volunteers, trustees and donors who helped us set up the charity and who have played their part in its great success. I have learnt so much about running a charity during my ARCh journey and continue to learn all the time from all our amazingly skilled reading helpers who make a real difference to children’s lives.
It is an enormous privilege to be involved with the charity.
With a varied career including running a business services company, being Provincial secretary for the local convent and administrator for a farming business I finally found my niche when I answered an ad for a fieldworker for a national reading charity Volunteer Reading Help in 2001.
This led onto my beginnings with ARCh in 2008 when, along with Jane and encouragement from local politicians and business people, we were encouraged to start a local reading charity supporting children in Oxfordshire. After a crash course in running a charity, completing NOCN Management Development Training Programme I began the best part of my life – Assisted Reading for Children. Since that time I have attended the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, met High Sheriffs, Lord Lieutenants and spoken at the World Literacy Conference and feel proud that, thanks to ARCh, I have made a small difference to my local community.
Prior to joining ARCh, I worked as a team leader overseeing the coordination of a number of accredited psychometric training courses. I always enjoyed reading as a child and was keen to be part of an organisation that encouraged children to love reading too. It is a privilege to meet all the wonderful volunteers and see how they make such a positive impact on the children they help.
Oxford Field Worker
I worked in schools in Oxfordshire, specifically special needs, for over 30 years before joining ARCh as a fieldworker in October 2017.
It is a pleasure to be part of ARCh and work towards instilling a love of reading which can prove life transforming for the children we support.
Banbury Field Worker
I have taught in Oxfordshire primary schools for 35 years having a passion for seeing children grow and develop; working for ARCh has given me the opportunity to continue this.
Wheatley, Thame Field Worker
I became a Field Worker for ARCh in 2017 after spending the two previous years as a Reading Helper at Woodfarm Primary School in Oxford. My career before having a family was in Public Relations working for a number of years in the fields of publishing and travel.
South Oxfordshire Field Worker
Before joining ARCh, I worked as a solicitor for 14 years. I then had a break from working to start a family and during that time thoroughly enjoyed three small volunteering positions. I am so pleased to have joined ARCh and to be part of the fantastic work they do. Reading and books have always been so important to me and I look forward to helping the wonderful reading helpers inspire local children to enjoy and benefit from books.
West Oxfordshire Field Worker
Before joining ARCh I had a long career in education and public life, successively as a secondary teacher, a Minister of Religion, and as an academic in Oxford. Reading has been central to my own life, both personal and professional, and I am delighted to be involved with the important and creative initiatives which ARCh offers, and in supporting our outstanding volunteers in local schools
Bicester Field Worker
I joined ARCh as a Reading Helper and Field Worker in January 2022. All children deserve to access engaging, enjoyable books; to be read to; to be heard reading; and to have opportunities to express their ideas and engage creatively with stories. I live in Bicester where my children attend our local primary school. I’ve worked in publishing, the charity sector (aid and development), and as an actress. I’m really looking forward to building relationships across our community – with schools, teachers, and the ARCh team – and supporting the wonderful ARCh volunteers as they inspire and encourage children to love reading.
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Want to work part-time, term-time only?
We are looking for someone to help us with office administration tasks to
include some accounts work. Knowledge of Xero desirable but not essential.
Must be computer literate and willing to work as part of a happy team.
15 hrs per week (term time only). Salary £8.91 - £9.52 per hour
The role is based in our Bicester office.