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Current Vacancies


Our current vacancies are listed below. If you’re interested in a particular role and would like to find out more about it, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to find out more.

Skylarks is committed to equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Skylarks is committed to the employment of disabled people. To demonstrate this commitment, we guarantee an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria as outlined in the person specification.



Skylarks Charity is going through an exciting period of development, supporting a growing number of children with additional needs and their families. 

Following a strong year-end, Skylarks is pleased to be in a position to continue growing our team so we can deliver high-quality services to children and their families.

We are currently recruiting for the following roles:


CONTRACT: Full-Time, Permanent
HOURS OF WORK: 37.5 hours per week (Negotiable)

SALARY: Up to £40,000 pro rata  


The Head of Fundraising will be part of a small dedicated team supporting children with additional needs and their families. Skylarks is seeking a seasoned, creative, and outstanding relationship builder, with strong proposal writing and persuasive speaking skills to fill this Senior Management Team position. You will lead on securing approximately £500,000 annual income to ensure the charity can provide our activities and services for children with disabilities and their families. 

You will help open doors to potential new funding, securing opportunities to present the work of Skylarks to funding decision-makers. You will also lead on securing grants, which, if successful, are managed by the Operations team, who will produce reports for funders. Your involvement in this process will be co-ordinating the reports and ensuring they also work as a fundraising tool.

As a member of the Senior Management Team, you will contribute to the organisation's strategic leadership plan, leading a fundraising function and implementing the strategy, including strengthening strategic fundraising and executing annual plans. You will report to the Managing Director and share progress with the senior management and Board leadership regularly, while ensuring direct input into our Board’s Fundraising Committee.

Although all team members are based locally in Richmond Upon Thames and the surrounding London Boroughs, we are all working remotely. This role is expected to continue working remotely for the foreseeable future, with journeys into Richmond and the surrounding London Boroughs where necessary.


  • To be responsible for and lead on the charity's overall fundraising programme and strategy.
  • Work with the Managing Director to significantly grow the organisation's income.
  • Leading on our strategy to diversify the organisation's income.
  • Manage the small team of staff to deliver on their fundraising objectives
  • To undertake applications to trusts, foundations and additional funders, increasing the charity's income from these sources.
  • Externally represent the organisation to extend its influence and profile amongst trusts & foundations, and other key donors.
  • Stewardship of existing donors and expanding the charity's donor base.
  • To monitor the financial management of grants and donations, ensuring the appropriate application of funds throughout the project.

Application Process

To apply for this position, please submit to Third Sector Recruitment:

  • A comprehensive CV 
  • A supporting statement setting out why you are for applying for this role and how you meet the criteria set out in the attached Person Specification 

Closing Date: Wednesday 18th May 2024 Please note applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position may be filled before the closing date.


Play Session Leader (20 hours per week)


Skylarks Charity is seeking a part-time Play Session Leader who will be part of a dedicated team supporting children with additional needs and their families.
Reporting to the Senior Activities Leader, you will help deliver our activities and services. Most of the charity’s activities occur in the Richmond and Hounslow boroughs, being delivered both online and face-to-face, both in term time and holiday time.
If you are an enthusiastic and committed person who is alert to the needs of disabled children and their families, then we would love to hear from you.

CONTRACT: Part-Time, Permanent
HOURS OF WORK: 20 hours per week (Negotiable between 15 and 30 hours)

The candidate must be able to work from home for administrative purposes. The successful candidate must be available Monday-Friday, including Tuesday till 7 pm.
SALARY: Up to £28,000 pro rata  


To deliver a programme of activities for Skylarks families. This will include our play sessions, activities and workshops for children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs and their siblings, information workshops, support groups, and activities for parent-carers to increase their well-being.
To ensure the safety and well-being of the children and to support the families, children and our volunteers during the sessions.  
Help the Operations Team with volunteer management, including the induction and support of volunteers.

  1. To work with the Senior Activities Leader and other Play Session Leaders to deliver our Play Sessions (Monday - Friday, including Tuesday afternoon/early evening) 
  2. To assist in the smooth running of off-site and holiday activities such as Pedal Project, All Aboard Club, horse-riding, and outings at various locations (eg Hampton, Ham, Barnes and Hounslow) in conjunction with the Senior Activities Leader. The work will also involve being on-site at our new centre in Hounslow on Wednesdays and Thursdays when it opens later this year.
  3. To assist in the delivery of online activities using Zoom, such as interactive drama/music and online support groups, in conjunction with service providers.

Application Process

To apply for this position, please submit to Third Sector Recruitment:

  • A comprehensive CV 
  • A supporting statement setting out why you are for applying for this role and how you meet the criteria set out in the attached Person Specification 

Closing Date: Wednesday 18th May 2024 Please note applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position may be filled before the closing date.


SEND Employability Trainers


Skylarks Charity is is looking for Trainers for Young People with SEND, to facilitate  Employability Workshops for our Spread Your Wings programme.

We are looking for Teachers/Trainers to deliver Online Employability Workshops to small groups of young people, with additional needs in Year 8 and 9 (with or without an EHCP).  

The workshops run weekdays after-school between 4.30pm-8pm. 

This role is suited to an experienced SEND / Career teacher, who has experience of group online tutoring with young people with a variety of additional needs. 

The 1 hour workshops will be offered on Zoom and all training and materials will be provided. The role has potential to develop to offer in-class (face-to-face) workshops to young people in the South-West London area.

What we offer: 

  • Freelance contract  
  • £28 p/h - £35 p/h
  • Flexible part-time hours 
  • Term-time or holiday work available
  • Paid training, meetings and upskilling opportunities
  • Supportive team 

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Delivering online sessions with small groups of max 10 young people 
  • Delivering the 7 week employability programme over 7 consecutive weeks
  • Following the module plan and using the provided workshop content 
  • Providing the young people with holistic and engaging sessions, which meet their needs, and support them to make progress and achieve the programme goals
  • Working with the parents sharing feedback on their child's progress and signposting
  • Completing student progress reports and overall programme delivery. 

Trainer Requirements:

  • Minimum 2 years teaching or training experience
  • Experience working with young people with additional needs in an educational or training context
  • Experience of using online platforms and delivering educational content online
  • Experience of facilitating young people with varied abilities and offering personalised support in a group 
  • Experience, knowledge and understanding of safeguarding processes
  • Professional Teaching Qualification (PGCE / QTS / QTLS) (Desirable)
  • A commitment to the aims and ethos of Skylarks
  • The ability to maintain high standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism
  • A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion - dealing with people and issues honestly, fairly and with respect
  • A commitment, understanding and a sensitive approach towards the needs and challenges faced by young people with disabilities and their families


Application Process


To discuss the role further please contact Rachael Chidgey at


Trustee on the Board of Directors

Skylarks Charity is seeking Trustees who will be part of a dedicated Board of Directors supporting children with additional needs and their families.

This is a voluntary role but reasonable travel and subsistence costs will be paid.

We are looking for people who have strong leadership skills in a range of backgrounds, including legal, HR, finance, property and compliance.

The Board of Trustees provides leadership for the overall governance and strategic direction of Skylarks.

Application Process

To discuss joining the Board please contact Jennifer Peters via


If you are interested in any other volunteering role with us, please complete an expression of interest using our online form.

We’re proud to be a Disability Confident Employer

We Value Difference

Skylarks are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where all our colleagues feel they can be themselves, thrive in their roles and grow in their careers.
We believe our core beliefs around diversity that make our charity so unique should continue into our working practices. As an accessible employer, we recognise and embrace the diversity on offer throughout the workplace. 

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer meaning we have been certified by the government as actively taking steps to attract, recruit and retain disabled workers. We understand that some disabled colleagues will need adjustments to help them perform to the best of their ability – these can be changes to the built environment and furniture, the tools and technology they use in doing their job, aspects of the role or working arrangements. We encourage applications from individuals with additional needs to apply for our vacancies and support them in accessing the workplace.