Beacon Centre for the Blind

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

Beacon is a local Charity and main provider of services for people of all ages with sight loss living in the Black Country. Established in 1875, it has over 3000 service users, of which approximately 605 have other complex needs. It provides a wide range of community and Centre based services including impartial advice & information; aids & adaptations to daily living and assistive equipment; confidence building and motivational services to help people regain their independence; residential services for people living with sight loss; 7 Retail Outlets; Employment Advice & Training; I.T Training & Digital Technology; Hair & Beauty Salon; transport; services for children and families; a network of volunteers; visual impairment awareness training; 2 x Low Vision Advice Centers; sports, social and recreational activities for all ages.

Based on the Wolverhampton-Dudley border Beacon in principal serves the whole of the Black Country which includes Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley Local Authorities, with some service users from Walsall and South Staffordshire. The Retail outlets also cover Cannock, Bloxwich and Halesowen. The Low Vision Advice Centers have no geographical boundaries.

Centre specialisms:

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Centre Address

Wolverhampton Road East, Sedgley, WV4 6AZ

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Karten Centre Manager

Arwyn Jones

Contact Details


01902 880111


Host Organisation

Beacon Centre for the Blind

Host Organisation Address

Wolverhampton Road East, Sedgley, WV4 6AZ

Karten Centre Website

Centre Established

January 2009


Day Centre customers
Participants from other services provided by Beacon such as ActivEyes programme
Independent/individuals/drop in
Clients referred from external organisations

The centre is also able to offer advice and support to families, friends and/carers in order to assist and support their family member/client etc


All customers have a visual impairment. For at least one third of our overall customers, the visually impairment/sight loss is a result of other more complex needs; therefore presenting additional physical, mental and learning disabilities

Technology used in the Karten Centre

Desktop computers, laptops, Apple phones and tablets and watches, Android phones and tablets, Kindles, Amazon Echo Dot.

Assistive Technology

iPad with magnification and Voiceover, Android with magnification and Talkback. Apps include TapTapSee, Maps, Mail, Messages, News, Calendar, Notes, ColorID, camera, Safari, Google, etc. Synaptic running on Android devices. Desktop computers and laptops using ZoomText and Dolphin Guide.

We are currently working to develop opportunities with regards to 3D printing; Virtual Reality, Specialist VI software and many more. As these develop these will be added to, however please contact Beacon to find out more.

Karten Centre Staff

Beacon has in excess of 70 FTE, with over 270 volunteers

Karten Centre Hours

Services are provided within the Centre Monday - Friday 9.30am - 3pm There are additional services, such as Jnr ActivEyes, ActivEyes and physical activity classes in the evenings and weekends. For additional information please contact 01902 880111 or visit

Services offered to the Network

Conference Room Hire & Hospitality


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