Skylarks provides a supportive and active community for children with disabilities and additional needs. 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 were founded as Me too & Co by a group of volunteers led by Anne-Marie Asgari in 2006 to fill a gap in the local community where there was a lack of support. Over the years we have grown organically and our mission is now to provide a one-stop shop providing therapies and creative activities for children and practical and emotional support for parents and carers. In April 2019 we rebranded and have officially changed our name to Skylarks.
We are based in Richmond-upon-Thames, but have an open door policy. Anyone, from anywhere, is welcome! Families come to us from many locations because of the unique way we provide the 360 degree support we do; supporting children and parents/carers at the same time, under one roof. We provide most services free of charge, or for a small donation.
We now support over 600 families, and the list is growing! Over the last 10 years we have held our sessions every Tuesday and Friday during term time where the activities and therapies on offer have grown and grown. During the last decade we have expanded from at 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, inclusive activities like drama and karate, and free legal 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.