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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 due to the national lockdown in line with local primary schools. 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 Focus Group for young people

Run by Gabi from Skylarks
Rocket Science are an independent research organisation that have been commissioned by oneRichmond (an organisation made up of RPLC and the Hampton Fund) to conduct a piece of work looking at the impact of Covid-19 on young people in Richmond.

So far we have conducted focus groups with youth workers, practitioners and stakeholders to understand the impact of Covid-19 on young people and we are now looking to talk to young people directly. We want to engage with young people directly to make sure that their voices are at the centre of our research. This piece of work will be used by oneRichmond to help determine where to direct their funding so we hope that young people will see engagement as an opportunity to influence the services and support they have access to.
About the focus group: 

Ciara, a consultant at Rocket Science will conduct a focus group with young people from Skylarks via Zoom to discuss the impact that Covid-19 has had on them. The session will be an informal and relaxed conversation that covers questions such as:

  • How has coronavirus impacted you?
  • What are your main concerns/worries for the next 6 months?
  • Which types of support/services would you like to see become increasingly available for young people over this time?

A report will be published by Rocket Science which summarises research findings and may contain some quotes from the focus groups. All information will be reported anonymously.

Who is this for?

This event is suitable for children and young people of senior school age and up to the age of 25 with additional needs and disabilities. They will need to be able to communicate verbally.

They must live or study in the borough of Richmond upon Thames.

A member of Skylarks staff will be present in the virtual meeting for safeguarding purposes.

We expect the young person's parent/guardian to be within earshot.

Thank you for your support.

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