The Daisy Chain Project, Superstore

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

The Karten Centre is hosted at our Daisy Chain Charity Superstore

The centre provides alternative education provision, independant living skills and social groups. We also offer employability training and skills linked to functional roles within the hospitality and catering industry and retail environments. The ILT room consists of six dedicated computers which can be monitored from one instructor computer.

In addition to employability skills our young adults use the centre to complete supplementary courses such as online food hygiene and manual handling. Our young people follow their own individual education plans following relevant curriculum.

Centre specialisms:

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Centre Address

Daisy Chain Superstore, 14 Ross Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2NH

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Karten Centre Manager

Graham Barker

Contact Details


01642 956837


Host Organisation

Daisy Chain Project

Host Organisation Address

Daisy Chain, Calf Fallow Farm, Calf Fallow Lane, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 1PF

Karten Centre Website

Centre Established

January 2017


Attendance in our centre varies depending on each individual and their needs. Some access on regular days and for a set time period eg a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon whereas others will access for a full day over a set time period eg several weeks.

We also accomodate drop in support, particularly in our support for families and siblings.

Our learners are a mixture of day and residential learners. Learners attend College for three days a week and some residential learners are full time.

We have a range of courses both vocational and academic; maths, English, ICT. Our vocational courses are Horticulture, Retail, Customer Service, Creative Media, Art, Hospitality and Catering.


Our centre predominantly supports young adults with a diagnosis of autism or aspergers syndrome but many also have co-existing conditions such as epilepsy, downs syndrome, ADHD, PDA, Dyslexia, OCD, SPD, depression, Fragile X and Tourettes. We do not have a cut off age and also support younger people (although following strict safeguarding regulations about separation of groups).

Technology used in the Karten Centre

We use apple Mac computers, Mac minis, iPads and touchscreen television.

Assistive Technology

We use apple Mac computers, Mac minis, iPads and touchscreen television.

Karten Centre Staff

We have 10 staff employed at the Superstore site. We also have a peripatetic Care team that are based at another site but cover the Superstore site where required.

Karten Centre Hours

Support is available for 8 hours a day from Monday to Friday with some teaching and support time booked in advance.

Services offered to the Network

We can offer autism awareness, training and expertise and can share knowledge of best practice in supporting people on the autism spectrum. We can also offer expertise and advice on supported work placements and engagement or our approach to employbility skills.


At present we do not have any direct delivery partners on this project but we do have a considerable amount of referral agencies such as local authorities. We also have employers who offer our learners work experience.

Additional Information

Daisy Chain are currently building on the Karten Network centre with additional funding for development.