Percy Hedley, Able 2 Day Services

Centre Address

Able 2, Station Road, Forest Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9NQ & Unit 17 Evans Business Centre,Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate,North Shields. NE29 7SN

Karten Centre Manager

Steven Laws

Contact Details


0191 2381300


Host Organisation

The Percy Hedley Foundation

Host Organisation Address

Hampeth Lodge,Station Rd, Forest Hall. Newcastle Upon Tyne. NE12 8YY

Karten Centre Website

Centre Established

October 2008

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

At the Orion Site We offer large format printing, garment, mug & gift printing. Handmade cards, gifts, business stationery and design work. We create short films, animation, podcasts and all other kinds of commissioned film, music and media enterprises.

We have the following departments at the Forest Hall site - Art, Ceramics, Living Skills,Horticulture and Drop in IT facilities, we also have a sports outreach department


We support people with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities ranging in age from 18 - 80.


We provide care and support to people with a wide range of physical and/ or learning disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Ataxia and Epilepsy. We support people with sensory and cognitive impairment and people with acquired brain injury.

Technology used in the Karten Centre

  • Laptops and pcs
  • Cameras and recording equipment
  • Portable Tascam
  • Green screen technology
  • Projector and screen
  • Large format printer
  • T shirt press
  • Printers
  • Mug press

Assistive Technology

  • iPads
  • Kaos music software
  • Soundbeam equipment and technology
  • Voice assisted software
  • Garageband, launchpad, thumbjam & mixmuse apps
  • Sonar,Reason, Ableton, Musicmaker, Ejay, Acid
  • Adobe editing software
  • Linear and Non Linear editing equipment
  • VOCA hardware and software

Karten Centre Staff

Between 50-75 Staff in Forest Hall
Between 8-11 staff in Orion

Karten Centre Hours

Monday - 8.45-4.15
Tuesday - Friday - 8.45-4.00

Services offered to the Network

Large format printing
Web design
Short film recording, production and editing
Music production and recording
Radio production and Podcasting
Bespoke Arts, crafts and Ceramics
Horticultre Items such as Hanging baskets, willow sculptures etc


Chase Park Festival - live events,recording and performance
Generator - artist development project, training workshops eg digital marketing.

Additional Information

We are currently Holding and Open Studios event on 24.6.17 at the Forest Hall service which will showcase the expertise of our staff and service users and the bespoke items they create within the Departments, these will be on sale.
Music and food opportunities will support the day also