Queen Elizabeth Foundation

Centre Address

Dornincourt, Oaklawn Road, Leatherhead Surrey KT22 0BN

Karten Centre Manager

Alison Smith

Contact Details


01372 841 300



Host Organisation

Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People

Host Organisation Address

Leatherhead Court, Woodlands Road, Leatherhead Surrey KT22 0BN

Karten Centre Website


Centre Established

March 2017

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

QEF Independent Living Services is a residential centre for 43 adults with disabilities. The centre prepares young adults for the style of independent living which best suits them, from a single room, to a shared flat to a group home situation. The "Infozone", where the Karten Computer Suite is held, is a shared space for residents for art, crafts and technology.


Are clients are all resident at the centre.


They have a wide variety of mostly congenital disabilities and almost all of them wheelchair users. Many have cerebral palsy and some have degenerative and life-limiting conditions. Most residents have a co-morbidity of conditions and many have learning difficulties.

Technology used in the Karten Centre

  • Eye-Gaze
  • PCs
  • Adaptive controllers
  • Large keyboards

Assistive Technology

  • The Grid for Eye-Gaze
  • ZoomText
  • Claroread

Karten Centre Staff

95 - including care staff, Life Coaches, administrative staff associated with a residential centre.

Karten Centre Hours

The room is available to residents everyday. Courses are run by a tutor once a week.

Services offered to the Network

It is not clear how our centre might help the network, but we would always welcome visitors.


We work with Lattitude, a volunteering charity, who provide long-term volunteers who are resident at the centre on a "Gap Year" basis. We publicized this in the Network newsletter when we wrote about Princess Anne's visit there in March.