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Adult Children

Welcome to Skylarks

Skylarks is an independent Richmond upon Thames-based charity that provides activities and therapies for children with disabilities and additional needs. We also support and provide therapies, courses and information for their whole families.

You do not need a diagnosis or referral to join us and, whilst we are based in Richmond upon Thames, there are no geographical limitations for our members. Anyone from anywhere is welcome!

We provide the environment for children with additional needs and their siblings to build lasting relationships, while also offering them the opportunity to grow and develop together through play, activities and therapies.

We provide information and support for families and carers, all under one roof and at the same time. We offer a range of workshops, therapies and support groups, or simply a listening ear over a hot drink.
Haymarket Media Group visiting the Pedal Project at Skylarks

What does Skylarks offer?

Children with additional needs can:

  • Join inclusive and supportive play sessions
  • Socialise and interact
  • Bring their siblings along with them to take part in most of our activities
  • Take part in weekly music therapy
  • Experience our sensory room
  • Be creative with arts and crafts
  • Access classes like drama and karate
  • Have their hair cut without stress or pressure
  • Learn cookery skills and have fun with food
  • Learn Makaton signs
  • Take part in adapted activities in the holidays
  • Take part in many more activities and therapies...

Parents and carers can:

  • Meet other parents/carers
  • Receive our newsletter, usually weekly by email
  • Receive advice on education for children with SEND and EHCP's
  • Attend talks, courses and workshops
  • Be signposted to other relevant services
  • Join a peer support group
  • Share experiences and support
  • Join our closed Facebook group for support from other parents
  • Come to our sessions with or without your children

Find Us

Most activities and talks are free. Donations welcome

Opening hours

Term time
Tuesdays: 2:30pm - 5:30pm;
Fridays: 9:30am - 12 noon.
Online, Holiday and Adhoc Services: Click Here

Activities and News from other organisations

February 25, 2024
Get the latest info and updates from other organisations.
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We're recruiting - Head of Fundraising and Play Session Leader

February 8, 2024
It’s an exciting time to join our team as we look to spread our wings, expanding to deliver to more families across the surrounding boroughs. Skylarks has continued to grow significantly, with a 30% year on year increase in the number of services we deliver. We believe in innovating and adapting our services depending on the needs of our families. We have a small but inclusive and dedicated team and are looking to add exciting new members.
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We are looking for new Trustees for our Board of Directors

February 7, 2024
Your opportunity to guide and contribute to an award-winning organisation dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of local children with additional needs and their families.
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