Providing Opportunities
for People with
Learning Disabilities

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.

Our Community Training Centre is open and fully operational.

We are pleased to announce that we are now taking on new students, with our experienced staff providing one to one training.

Find out more about our Community Training Centre

The Old Town Café is open Wednesdays 9.00am-4pm and  Sundays, 12 noon – 4pm. (Closed Saturdays).

Find out more about The Old Town Cafe

You can learn more about our plans for the development of the JPK Project


Lifetime Achievement Award Jill Parker, MBE

Lifetime Achievement Award Jill Parker, MBE

Our Charity

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.


Beachy Head 10k run forJPK-Project

Find out more about getting involved.

How to donate

We have lots of ways to make a donation