Vision North Somerset

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

The CTEC centre offers an assessment to visually impaired people to explore their IT needs. This could be speech or magnification software, use of computer, Apple Mac, iPads and iPhones. There is also an opportunity for service users to try out other low vision equipment such as video magnifiers. Once the need has been established one to one learning is provided by trained volunteers. The project is run in partnership with Action for Blind People who provide the technical expertise.

Centre Address

3 Neva Road, Weston super Mare, BS23 1YD

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Karten Centre Manager

Celia Henshall

Contact Details


01934 419393


Host Organisation

Vision North Somerset

Host Organisation Address

3 Neva Road, Weston super Mare, BS23 1YD

Karten Centre Website

Centre Established

January 2015


Our clients are all part time learners, we offer one to one sessions over a six week period with a trained volunteer. Once the aim has been achieved the clients may decide that they want to learn another facet of IT.


Clients are all visually impaired. Some have no sight others may have a significant visual impairment.

Technology used in the Karten Centre

  • 4 idesks with built in computers, adjustable screens, headphones
  • 1 CafĂ© idesk adjustable height, adjustable screen
  • 3 iPads
  • 3 iPhones
  • Apple Mac

Assistive Technology

  • Zoom Text
  • Azabat

Karten Centre Staff

1 Assessor (part time Action for Blind People Staff)
6 volunteer trainers
Supported by the Vision North Somerset Rehab Officer

Karten Centre Hours

Tuesday am / pm
Wednesday am /pm

Services offered to the Network

Although we do not provide a service other than to visually impaired people, we can advise/discuss provide information about accessibility for visually impaired people regarding equipment, screen readers, web sites etc.


We work in partnership with Action for Blind People for our Karten project.
With the Macular Society to explore options for visually impaired people of working age.
With One in Four mental health charity to provide counselling for visually impaired people.
With North Somerset Council to provide statutory services for people with sensory loss.
We are a member of Visionary and of the South West Area Network of local charities for visually impaired people.
Vision is active in the local community via the Leaders Network of Voluntary Organisations throughout North Somerset.

Additional Information

Vision North Somerset provides help and support to 1,600 visually impaired people throughout North Somerset. For more information visit: