Fitzroy, Petersfield

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

Each week we run 7 structured sessions in computer use including: control of components, switching on/off, saving work, safety online, accessing internet/ social media, support with a personal project etc. In between sessions, members use the centre for art or pursuing hobbies on the internet, music, games, YouTube etc. The centre is integral to other activities and courses run at the centre: photography is very popular and members use the computers to sort and edit photos and create scrap books and life stories. Members taking part in our 'history', 'out and about', 'nature' and 'your community' courses use the computers for background research.

Centre Address

FitzRoy House, 8 Hylton Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3JY

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Karten Centre Manager

Naomi Cook

Contact Details


07795 237471


Host Organisation


Host Organisation Address

FitzRoy House, 8 Hylton Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3JY

Karten Centre Website

Centre Established

August 2009


65/80 day centre members, ages 23-65


All have learning disabilities and/or autism. There is a wide-range of abilities and support needs. Some members have mild learning disabilities, others have very complex learning and physical disabilities and associated health support needs. Many members have communication difficulties, and several have impaired motor control. Some members need one-on-one support using the CTEC centre while others use computers on their own after some initial training.

Technology used in the Karten Centre

4 Desktop PCs with touchscreen monitors
Clevertouch interactive giant screen
3 Panasonic tough cameras
8 iPads
MyChoicePad app for communication
Colour printer
Apple TV

Assistive Technology

4 adapted Keyboards and Mice which are colour co-ordinated
Optima joystick mouse
4 rise and fall desks

Karten Centre Staff

Activities Coordinator manages the Karten centre technology and trains other centre staff in its use.
All 25 support worker staff use the centre, two at any time.

Karten Centre Hours

30 hours a week

Services offered to the Network

Photography and education are areas we focus on.