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Services/focus of the Karten Centre

Employment - We provide a range of specialist employment services across the South West and North West of England and South Wales.

Our teams provide personalised support to enable people to overcome challenges with finding and staying in employment. Our employability service includes training in the following areas:

  • Goal setting
  • Communication skills
  • Personal presentation
  • CV development
  • Job searching
  • Interview techniques
  • Building confidence/self-belief
  • Overcoming barriers

Mental health - We provide specialist services in Devon for people experiencing mental health concerns, ranging from crisis support/hospital prevention to ongoing recovery and self-management. We offer free activities and courses for people who have mental health issues, their family, friends and the professionals that support them. Courses and activities include:

  • Self-management of anxiety
  • Building self-esteem and assertiveness skills
  • Understanding and learning ways to manage self-harming behaviours
  • Understanding and Living Well with Unusual Experiences
  • Living in the Present, Not in the Past
  • Understanding and Managing Depression
  • Promoting Our Wellbeing and Emotional Regulation
  • Mindfulness and Taking Mindfulness Forward
  • Other self-management sessions on issues like managing anger and promoting good sleep

Courses are co-designed and delivered by a peer trainer who has lived experience of mental health issues, and a professional trainer.

Supported living - We provide specialist services in Devon that people can use to gain independent living skills and opportunities to be a part of their community, and assist with mental health recovery. Our supported living service includes training in the following areas:

  • Budget and finance
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Food Hygiene (domestic)
  • Nutritional info and exercise
  • Travel training
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Growth and support with daily living skills

Centre Address

Beaufort House, 51 New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4EP

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Karten Centre Manager

Sarah Ellis

Contact Details


01392 255482


Karten Centre Website

Centre Established

November 2001


People who attend our courses:

  • With lived experience of mental health concerns
  • Supported of those with mental health concerns

Community Enabling Services, people we support may have:

  • Learning Difficulty
  • Visually impaired
  • Physical Difficulties
  • Sensory Concern
  • Delayed Processing
  • ASC
  • ADHD
  • Dyspraxia
  • Mental Health Concerns to include- OCD, Eating disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Psychosis, Personality disorders, Schizophrenia, PTSD

Residential Support:

  • ASC
  • ADHD
  • Sensory Concerns
  • Delayed Processing
  • Mental Health Concerns to include- OCD, Eating disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Psychosis, Personality disorders, Schizophrenia, PTSD

Hospital Support:

  • Mental Health Concerns to include- OCD, Eating disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Psychosis, Personality disorders, Schizophrenia, PTSD


We work with all and multiple disabilities, sensory, mental and physical. Autism spectrum conditions. People with mental health issues.

Technology used in the Karten Centre

  • Desktop PC, (mostly 2010-2012 Intel i3 and above) x 60
  • Laptop PC (mostly 2010-2012 Lenovo Thinkpads) x 40
  • Large Sahara Presentation/Touch screen on wheels x 1
  • Interactive Smart/White boards x 3
  • Apple iPad air x 10
  • Acer Iconia Tab W501 x 1
  • Lenovo Ideatab S2107A x 1
  • Apple Macbook Pro (2010 model) x 3
  • Nikon Coolpix L330 Bridge Camera x 6
  • Nikon Powershot A2400 x 1
  • Canon EOS1200d x 1
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 x 1
  • Hitachi Projector (CPX-205) x 2
  • HP Proliant ML100 G7 x 4
  • Dell PowerEdge R630 x 3
  • Dell Equalogic PS4100 x 1
  • All assorted accessories (Printers, Mice, Keyboards etc.)

Assistive Technology

  • Many accessibility tools are used, appropriate tools are source to meet the needs of each individual
  • Seating and work stations plus ergonomic equipment are suitable for each individual as required for their health issues
  • Coloured overlays and printed material on coloured paper
  • Providing documents in braille
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking 7.
  • Coloured Paper and Screen overlays.
  • Specialist keyboard and mouse hardware where required.
  • Accessible Printers (though not universal)

Karten Centre Staff

Employability staff – 16
Mental health staff – 58
Supported living – 32
Total staff number – 122

Karten Centre Hours

8.30am – 5pm Monday – Friday
All year round

Services offered to the Network

  • Share resources where practical
  • Partnership on government bids/tenders
  • Referrals for their clients across England and Wales to our contracted work to other work depending on funding
  • Printing services
  • Social Media support


Specialist Employment

  • Reed in Partnership
  • Department for work and pensions
  • Steps to Employment
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Shaw Trust
  • European Union Social Fund

Mental Health

  • Torbay and Devon Adult Social Care
  • Devon Recovery Learning Community
  • South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group

Supported living

  • Devon Autism and ADHD Service
  • DANA- Devon Partnership Trust Autism and ADHD service
  • DCC Adult Team