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While Skylarks was not affected by Tier 2, 3 or 4 restrictions and continued to operate from the Crossway Centre in a Covid-compliant manner, we have unfortunately had to close from January 2021. We continue to offer a wide range of services online and are working to introduce more virtual activities. We will re-open for face-to-face services as soon as it is safe to do so.

Online fun with Singing Hands!

Run by Singing Hands
We are very pleased to welcome Singing Hands to sing and sign with us online!

These are online singing sessions for children of all ages and their parents. We use Zoom and limit the number of participants to 15, so that everyone gets a chance to interact. These events are free of charge but donations are very welcome. We will provide a list of props that you need (think shaking, sparkling and shining!) and your child can have fun gathering up these items beforehand.

Some of our Singing Hands sessions are after school and some are in the morning, so please read carefully and book the right time slot for you.

Singing Hands have a special place in our heart. Suzanne and Tracy met in our playroom! Back in the day when we were known as Me too & Co, Suzanne and Tracy both used to come to our play sessions with their children. Our founder, Anne-Marie, introduced them to each other saying she thought they would get on well and the rest, as they say, is history!

Since getting together, Singing Hands has gone from strength to strength. Now covering the whole country to perform in special schools and events, the original team has grown with more Makaton singers and signers including the lovely Debbie who frequently comes to our Friday morning sessions. They have brought out a range of DVD's and music, appear on television and have a big YouTube following!

We are very pleased to have Singing Hands as our Ambassadors.

We are delighted that Suzanne and Tracy were each awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List 2021 and we look forward to seeing photos of them collecting their awards from Buckingham Palace!

Learn more about Singing Hands here:

Singing Hands use Makaton signing in all their songs. Makaton is a wonderful visual language, using movements with the hands to give meaning to and reinforce the spoken word. Based on British Sign Language used by the Deaf community, Makaton has been simplified and is now used by a wide range of people to help with communication. Many parents use baby-signing with their pre-verbal babies and Makaton has been proved to help develop language in children with Learning Difficulties. Signing is a wonderful communication tool to use with all your children and soon becomes a way of life!

One participant's mother said: "He loves the interaction of the Skylarks sessions, that they can see him and comment on what he is doing. He loves going round the house collecting the props in advance, putting them in a bag and taking them out when needed. He likes seeing people he knows; it’s like his own private performance. He seems to enjoy Singing Hands more by Zoom than in real life!"

So, put on your red T-shirt or sparkly red shoes if you can, warm up your hands and voices and be ready to have some singing and signing fun with Singing Hands!

Events coming up

  • In 1 week, 2 days

  • Thursday 4th Feb 2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm