Project information

Read with the Stars!

A Children's Literacy Festival with a difference, encouraging disadvantaged children & families to share books. Involving inspiring speakers - children's heroes - footballers, celebrities, authors, all imparting a love of reading for pleasure & purpose which is key to breaking the deprivation cycle.

One day event with 3 month lead up campaign

Charity information

Assisted Reading for Children (ARCh)

Assisted Reading for Children (ARCh) logo
  • Need


    There is a strong link between social class and educational achievement & many children do not enjoy reading, 20% leave primary school with a reading level below Government expected, leading to disengagement from learning and adversely affecting overall life chances. This impacts on the community as a whole. 60% of prisoners have low level literacy skills.


    Our project will raise the profile of reading, engaging children and families who do not normally read,. We will use popular role models showing all how much fun can be had sharing books.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To impart a love of reading to children & families who do not currently read.


    » A Children's Literacy Festival featuring speakers to inspire reluctant readers

    Success will be demonstrated by the numbers of children and families attending the event and leaving inspired to read

  • Impact


    The project will improve literacy levels and provide an inspiration to read


    Non attendance of speakers. We will guard against this by having an extensive list and engaging support from ARCh patrons, some of whom are authors/poets.


    We will obtain feedback from primary schools in the area and pass the information on to donors

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Lead up 3 month campaign prior to event
      £15,000 Festival Admission free speaker event

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    anon £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Kassam Stadium in Oxford, located Blackbird Leys, an area of high level deprivation


    Children and families throughout the area and with secondary benefit to the community as a whole.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a well established local charity with 260 volunteers, already working with more than 700 children in over 100 primary schools

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Elaine Adams/Jane Rendle

    Development Managers, Jane and Elaine with many years of experience in this area manage the charity with passion and enthusiasm