Hello Everyone! Welcome to our first newsletter of 2021. As we are in Lockdown 3 and many of you are supporting your service users remotely, or have blended models in place, I am going to focus on sources of support for our Karten Centres and members of our wider Karten Network. This is a reminder of things that have been shared previously, but many of the resources have been updated in recent weeks.
Support and resources
There are many ways that the Karten Network and others can help you so please don’t be shy, reach out to us and we’ll be delighted to help. The Karten team contact details can be found at the end of the newsletter.
Karten Centres are eligible to access bespoke support from TechAbility so why not contact the team and find out more. During the early stages of lockdown we developed a home learning/support resource on our website which is worth a look – https://karten-network.org.uk/home-learning-support/ Around the same time Natspec developed a website to support home learning – https://natspec.org.uk/resources/home-learning/ and TechAbility has a section to support remote learning https://www.techability.org.uk/resources/aiding-learning-from-home/
For Karten Centres that are not educational providers, don’t be put off by the use of the term “learning”, many of the resources transfer perfectly into independent living, day care and residential care contexts, there really is something for everyone.
Funding and applications
Many of you have been asking me about applying for Karten funding. Unfortunately, the pandemic has had an impact on the amount of funding that can be allocated to Centres. I will keep you informed about future funding opportunities. In the meantime, I urge you to remain closely involved with the Network as there are many more benefits of engagement in addition to direct financial support.
Ian Karten’s Charitable Trust website
The students and staff at New Bridge Group produced a Centenary Video to mark Ian’s 100thyear.
Thank you so much to the students and staff at New Bridge Group for filming the activities in Karten Centres and for producing the video.
Thanks to the following organisations for participating in this project:
That’s all from me. I hope you stay safe and well and I look forward to being in touch with you soon.
Karten Network and Development Co-ordinator