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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 and young people 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 online courses and events
  • Learn skills to equip them for the future
  • 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, face-to-face or online
  • Share experiences and support
  • Be equipped to think about your young person's future
  • 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

Skylarks celebrates Ollie Watkins' support, on and off the pitch

July 11, 2024
Following England’s exciting 2-1 victory over the Netherlands, securing their spot in the Euro 2024 final, Skylarks highlights the kindness of Aston Villa hero Ollie Watkins. Skylarks charity supports young people with additional needs and deeply values Watkins' contributions off the pitch.
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London to Paris cycle challenge raises £36,000 for Skylarks and local schools

July 3, 2024
A group of 40 parents, friends, teachers, and staff from Barnes Primary School, Holy Trinity CofE School in Richmond, and Skylarks Charity completed a challenging two-day 300 km cycling journey from London to Paris (over the weekend of 28-30 June).
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