Norwood Ravenswood

Centre Address

Ravenswood VIllage, Nine Mile Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 6BQ

Karten Centre Manager

Jeanette Hooper

Contact Details


01344 755593


Host Organisation


Host Organisation Address

Ravenswood VIllage, Nine Mile Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 6BQ

Karten Centre Website

Centre Established

July 1996

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

Life Long Learning courses are currently accessed by 108 individuals who live in Norwood residential and supported living services alongside people who live in the local community. iPads and other technologies support classroom activities, Life Long Learning and AT work closely with other professionals in a multidisciplinary approach to continuously review peoples needs and ensure we are maximising support via technology.

Alongside this we offer engagement opportunities on a one to one or small group basis across Ravenswood. These sessions offer immersive sensory stories, pop up sensory environments and sensory explorative spaces.

Our Assistive Technology team also support people to perform tasks they would
otherwise be unable to do because of limited movement or communication
difficulties. The team carries out assessments to determine the support required.
This could be to increase independence and safety in the home setting or improve participation and engagement in Lifelong Learning courses.


The people we work with have complex disabilities and primarily live in Norwood's residential and supported living services. People from the local community also access the centre for specific courses via our Life Long Learning programme.


The people we support have a wide range of learning disabilities including Autism, Downs Syndrome, and associated complex health needs (PMLD). Many of our older clients have additional complications of the onset of early dementia.

Technology used in the Karten Centre

  • PCs
  • iPads
  • Android tablets
  • Smartbox eye gaze
  • Smart Phones
  • Laptops
  • Adjustable desks
  • Adaptive mouse/keyboard

Assistive Technology

Norwood has made a significant commitment to using Assistive Technology (AT) to support all aspects of our service delivery. The team support the assessment, implementation and training of AT solutions. The technology we use covers a range of requirements, broadly arranged in the following categories:

Safety & Monitoring – telecare devices including pendant alarms, epilepsy monitors, door contacts; GPS monitoring devices to support safe walking; automatic pill dispensers to promote independence.

Communication & Environmental Control – Eye gaze devices and tablets that are programmed to control curtains, televisions and music systems and act as communication devices; software applications that support the creation of communication grids and other support resources; developing immersive sensory spaces to support people with complex needs.

Learning & Leisure – supporting young people in education with laptops and tablets; immersive sensory activities, providing devices to enable access to the internet for entertainment (YouTube etc.) and supporting communication with families by using Skype, FaceTime, email etc.

The AT team support our staff to identify the outcomes required and matches the AT solution. We provide installation and training to support our staff in implementing and using the devices.

Karten Centre Staff

Life Long Learning
I full-time tutor
1 part-time Learning and Leisure Practitioner

Assistive Technology
1 Intensive Interaction and Sensory support Specialist
3 FT Assistant Technology Support

Karten Centre Hours

Monday - Friday 9am -5pm