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About Us

About Skylarks

At Skylarks our vision is a world where children with additional needs can thrive.

We aspire to this vision by enabling every child and young person with additional needs to live their best life while supporting everyone whose lives they touch. 

Skylarks provides a supportive and active community. We care for the whole family, providing opportunities to join in, develop and feel empowered. We want to remove the isolation that can be created for families and their children who have a disability or additional needs. We are based in Richmond upon Thames, but have an open door policy. Anyone, from anywhere, is welcome!

The charity was founded as Me too & Co by a group of parent volunteers in 2006 to fill a gap in the local community where there was a lack of support. You can more read about our founder and beginnings here. In April 2019, we rebranded and officially changed our name to Skylarks Charity (or Skylarks for short). Most recently we have been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in recognition for the wonderful team of dedicated volunteers we have supporting our cause.

Over 4000 families have now registered to use our services and the list is growing! Since 2006 the organisation has grown rapidly but we still have the personal touch. We have expanded from first providing inclusive play sessions to now offering a wide range of therapies and services that are often otherwise inaccessible to families. These comprise inclusive activities like drama and karate, services such as counselling, careers development and life skills for young people and free advice for parents around Special Educational Needs (SEN) education.

Our independence as a charity means we are able to develop our programme in line with the needs of our families; something that has always been and remains important to us. We do not apply for or receive any statutory funding from government or local authorities.
Click on the video above to hear the impact Skylarks has had on our children and families.

Our aims

  •  We aim to support children with any disability and additional need. Helping to reduce the impact that this can have on their access to activities and their wider life experiences. 

  • We aim to remove the exclusion that families can feel. This can develop from being unable to access mainstream services due to a lack of understanding, facilities or knowledge.

  • We aim to offer support to the whole family. Supporting siblings, parents and carers, making sure they are provided with therapy, advice, information and services to empower them as advocates and to improve their quality of life.