Welcome to The JPK Project
The JPK Project was formed in 2001 as a result of research which identified the need for suitable residential accommodation for people with a learning disability in East Sussex.
Over a decade ago the JPK Sussex Project took a giant leap to start raising £3m for a new project incorporating a state-of-the art Training & Community Centre with Supported Living accommodation.
You can find us in the heart of Old Town, Eastbourne, where we have developed a fabulous new community centre to provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities. The centre offers work experience and training placements for our students. It is an important step towards our longer term plans to create the Supported Living Centre serving the Eastbourne and Wealden area.
Please note, due to Covid-19 safety measures being put into place, our training centre is currently closed but we will be re-opening the café on Wednesday 7th October 2020. We are pleased to announce that we will be taking our students back at the café on work placements, in limited numbers, with our lovely volunteers providing one to one mentoring, so that they do not lose the skills they have already learnt.
The Old Town Café is open Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am – 4pm.
You can learn more about our plans for the development of the JPK Project here.
The JPK Project is led by Jill Parker, MBE, Founder and Chair together with our Trustees. We also benefit from the valued patronage of Dame Jane Gow, DBE.
We have the support of several professional partners who are invaluable to the management and running of the JPK Project.
They include Andrew Devon of Salvia Fundraising, Derek Kemp of CPL Architects and John Males of Watson Associates. We also acknowledge the support of further organisations, including Camerons Chartered Surveyors and 3VA.
Of course, no charity exists without volunteers and the JPK Project receives incredible support. Many individuals have been integral to our efforts from day one and we are indebted to their service and involvement.
From sponsored cycle rides, runs and abseils, to fundraising coffee mornings and dinner dance events, our volunteers and supporters make things happen.