Centa Co

21st Century support for adults with a learning disability

Centa Co's services

Welcome to the website of Centa Co, our organisation that provides support for adults with a learning disability. Centa Co was established in 2009, originally under the name Medway Daycare. It is a family run company and the managing director Inarm Osborn, who has a First Class Honours degree from the University of London, has worked in the care field since 2002. Clients are supported by a family member every day which means that clients are always with a support worker whom they know well and who is dedicated and motivated. Clients are never supported by a person that they have only just met on the day, a common and disconcerting situation for many clients. Clients are also in settled groups so they get to know their peers very well and this provides stability as well as promoting friendship building. Anybody 18 years of age or over with a moderate learning disabilty is welcome to join though personal care is not provided. We currently support 29 clients, from 18 to 59 years of age. About a half of our clients have Asperger Syndrome or autistic traits.

The day centre has a pool; music and gaming console culture (Wii; X-Box; PS2) and is very much on a refreshingly adult level.....our clients enjoy sitting in the coffee lounge reading the day's newspapers; going on one of the four PCs to research their favourite subjects or catching up on current affairs; gaming on one of the consoles or playing one of the musical instruments. Activities in the community are also provided, such as bowling, as is life skills training such as cooking classes.
The company works very closely with Medway Council and has been a Medway Council listed service provider since its formation. Most clients come to us through referral by Care Management or recommendation by existing service users' families. Our retention rate is very high with many clients having been with us for several years and we believe this is because we provide that bit extra. We approach things by never just "keeping clients occupied" for a day. We focus in on what truly interests and engages them. Our service is bespoke which means that we "tune in" to what really engages each and every client. Activity choices are made through client input - they are not just handed a timetable. We have undergone extensive training, including in Heath & Safety; First Aid; Risk Assessing and Person Centred Care and Inarm has an NVQ3 in Health & Social Care. 

We were proud to have a visit from the Mayor of Medway in July 2016 (see photo in gallery section).
Please have a look around our website and feel free to contact us should you have any queries.