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 2000 families have now registered to use our services and the list is growing! Over the past 15 years, the organisation has continued to grow. 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 include services such as hydrotherapy, counselling, inclusive activities like drama and karate, and free advice for Special Educational Needs (SEN).
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.