Hello Everyone and welcome to our Autumn newsletter!
The Karten team has had a wonderful few weeks at the beginning of the new academic year. It really feels as though life is starting to get closer to normal. Recently we have enjoyed visits to a number of Karten Centres for different reasons: to see equipment that was funded by the Ian Karten Charitable Trust either just before or during the pandemic; to visit new Karten Centres for the very first time; the Nuvoic team have been supporting participants to use Voiceitt within their own environments (either living or education). The input of our team has been well received and we are here to help, so if you would welcome support please get in touch. All our contact details are at the end of the newsletter.
Remote working and support has been invaluable during the pandemic, and has many benefits, but in some circumstances you just can’t beat being in the same room as the people you are working with. There are certainly efficiencies and flexibility associated with remote practices and the significant acquisition of digital skills by staff over the last 18 months must be good news. As we move out of the pandemic it is important that these developments and improvements in digital capability are consolidated and sustained. We are keen to know your plans for the people you support, your workforce and your digital infrastructure. How have things changed for your organisation moving forwards? What aspects of remote practice will you retain? What will you be pleased to see go? What implications does this have for your organisation longer term? Are there unanticipated benefits and business opportunities that can now be harnessed? I would value the opportunity to discuss these and other things with Karten Centre leads. Importantly, emerging themes will help me to prioritise and appropriately focus Karten support so that we are maximising impact across the sectors we support. If you have the capacity for a 15 minute conversation please drop me an email.
Enjoy reading the newsletter and if you are about to have a half-term Autumn break I hope you have a truly fabulous time.
Karten Network and Development Co-ordinator