Our brief timeline up to 2017 charts some of the key milestones in the JPK Project’s history as we work towards our aims of developing a new supported living centre in Eastbourne for people with learning disabilities.
January 2001 – The JPK Project is founded with the aims of developing a supported living centre for people with learning disabilities.
April 2002 – The JPK Project is registered as a charity.
April 2013 – Planning consent is granted at the site of the former Edgmond Church in Old Town, Eastbourne, following an Appeal Hearing with full costs awarded.
June 2013 – The site of the former Edgmond Church is purchased by the JPK Project.
September 2013 – Celebration at the JPK Project in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Eastbourne, Cllr and Mrs Mike Thomson, Stephen Lloyd, MP Eastbourne and Willingdon, and guests. The event acknowledged the support of so many people who made this stage possible and was sponsored by Sylvia Westley.
December 2013 – JPK Christmas Party; the first of several social functions during the year for our prospective residents, students and their friends.
January 2014 – Major fundraising commences to enable the commencement of building works.
February 2014 – A painting party brings together more than 20 volunteers to decorate the main hall. Our supporters included Trustees, volunteers and Eastbourne Sovereign Rotary Club, with support from Brewers and Sons Ltd, plus a team from Scotia Gas Networks Community Action Programme.
February 2014 – CPL Architects commence working on pre-building contracts and the formation of distinct phases for the development of the JPK site.
June 2015 – Jill Parker, Chair and Founder of the JPK Project, is awarded MBE in the Queen’s Honours List for her charitable work.
January 2017 – Phase One commences with building work to renovate the main hall and entrance and create the tea room and bakery/training facility.