Homefield College

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

Following a successful bid from the Karten Trust, we established Sip & Surf in Loughborough Town Centre in 2010, comprising of an internet cafe, print shop and eBay enterprise. This was a great work experience opportunity for students and we were well-received by members of the public for our great rates and friendly service. Due to a number of external factors, Sip & Surf sadly closed down in August 2020.

So that our students would not miss out on the vital opportunities Sip & Surf provided, we opened a new enterprise called Breward's Coffee Shop in Mountsorrel, whilst moving all of the specialist digital media and printing equipment to our Vocational Centre. Here, students can print, scan and photocopy, along with printing a wide range of personalised gifts such as mugs, mouse matts, posters and canvases. We can also design and print leaflets and business cards. Graphic design is a core subject at the Vocational Centre and students make use of the eqipment provided by Karten to make original artwork and transfer these pieces onto items for sale.

Through the equipment provided, students from Homefield gain skills such as:
- Independence skills
- Transferable work skills
- ICT skills
- English, maths and communication skills
- Graphic design skills

Centre specialisms:

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Centre Address

217 Loughborough Road, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, LE12 7AR

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Karten Centre Manager

Julie Moores

Contact Details


01509 815696



Host Organisation

Vocational Centre

Host Organisation Address

24 Swan Street, Sileby, Leicestershire, LE12 7NW

Centre setting

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Karten Centre Website


Centre Established

December 2010


Our students are young adults aged 16 - 25. They attend College between 3 and 5 days a week on educational study programmes.

Typical ages of clients

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We cater for students with a range a learning and communication disabilities. Many of our students are autistic.

Type/s of disabilties

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Technology used in the Karten Centre

6 i-desk computers
Scan snap
Clevertouch interactive touch screen
Sublimation printer
Wide frame printer
Photo printer
Badge maker

Assistive Technology

We use ipads for students who find a desktop computer difficult to use. We also offer students the option of lower or higher case keyboards. We use tracker mice for students with physical difficulties. We also have Widgit software used to make resources for students with communication difficulties. Our Clevertouch interactive touch screen is also an excellent way of making a desktop computer more accessible.


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Karten Centre Staff

Our Vocational Centre is staffed by tutors, Learning Support Assistants and a Site Supervisor who oversees day-to-day operation at the site.

Karten Centre Hours

We are open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday to students.

Services offered to the Network

We can offer a range of personalised printing including mugs, mouse matts, greetings cards, leaflets and business cards.