Share Community

Centre Address

64 Altenburg Gardens, London, SW11 1JL

Karten Centre Manager

Annie McDowall

Contact Details

Phone:

0207 801 9817


E-mail:

anniem@sharecommunity.org.uk

Host Organisation

Share Community

Host Organisation Address

64 Altenburg Gardens, London SW11 1JL

Karten Centre Website

http://www.sharecommunity.org.uk

Centre Established

January 2000

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

Share offers a range of vocational and personal development training programmes. Although we run digital skills programmes for people wanting to focus on computer skills, digital inclusion runs through all of our programmes from music to horticulture.

Clients

Our clients are mostly adults with a range of disabilities, but primarily learning disabilities. Over 30% of those also have autism. Our age range is generally 18-65, but we do have some projects that work with younger people (eg work with a local school for deaf children) and we don't require people to leave once they reach 65. We're a structured day service offering accredited training and independent living skills. We also run two social enterprises that offer work experience and employability training. We run a specialist employment service for people who've experienced severe mental ill health.

Disabilities

Mostly learning disabilities. Increasingly people being referred to Share also have autism. Many have particular communication needs and we're increasingly turning to technology to help us to enable and enhance communication.

Technology used in the Karten Centre

PCs in the original suite; tablets; 4D Creative immersive learning space; adaptive equipment

Assistive Technology

Applications such as Proloquo; Pictello; talking photo albums; QR codes; Socrative; Aurasma

The list changes all the time. We have a touch screen computer with a large screen ; large print keyboards; and more.

Karten Centre Staff

Throughout the organisation there are 28 staff. Two have a specific technology role, with the Head of Training also being very hands on with the digital skills training and development

Karten Centre Hours

Monday to Friday 10-4
Immersive space can be hired at other times.

Services offered to the Network

We'd be happy to share our experience and what we've learned on our digital journey! We're pretty good at using the talking photo albums to aid people's memory and retention of information. We use iPads to record a lot of work to build portfolios. We also use communication apps, and have used Pictello quite a bit.

Partnerships

We're working with Matt Harrison of Copper Blue Technology to enhance our use of digital, upskill our teaching staff, and help us to complete our digital strategy. This work has been funded by the National Lottery's Awards for All programme.

We work with Action on Hearing Loss, but not utilising digital particularly.

Additional Information

There are currently two Karten Centre's at Share Community:
1) The Karten CTEC Centre - established in 2000
2) The Ian and Mildred Karten Immersive Learning Centre - established in 2015