A New Supported Living Centre in Eastbourne
The JPK Project Centre is in the heart of Old Town, Eastbourne, on the site of the former Edgmond Church. It is an ideal location, just a mile from the town centre and on a bus route in an established residential area with nearby shops, a park and further amenities.
Following several years of fundraising and planning, the JPK Project bought the site for £900,000 and secured consent in 2013 to develop a supported living centre serving the Eastbourne and East Sussex area. A further £900,000 was raised for the ground floor of the old Church to be transformed into the Centre and this included The Palm Court Tea Room (now The Old Town Café). Funding has come from trusts including:
The Sobell Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
Baily Thomas Charitable Foundation
Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
Veolia Environmental Trust
and from the generosity of our local community
We cannot thank everyone enough !
The Training & Community Centre was completed in April 2019. The main purpose of the Centre is to provide meaningful training in hospitality, catering, and retail for adults with a learning disability. Training courses for our Students commenced through generous grants and community fundraising, and already they have grown in confidence and self-esteem. All have have passed some of their initial training modules.
Regretfully, due to the recent Covid19 pandemic The Old Town Café and training centre is currently closed. We hope our Students can return to their training, at the earliest opportunity. Future training programs are planned for April 2021 subject to any government guideline changes.
The Old Town Café
In December, our students have been 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. All proceeds from the café support the JPK Project.
Find out more about The Old Town Cafe
Following this success, we are launching our next phase of development. We would like to build 8 new flats for adults with learning disabilities on the land adjacent to the Centre.
The Housing Project in detail
- 8 flats for people who have a severe learning disability. The plans were designed to give individuality to each unit. The building will also incorporate a staff room for night cover.
- Separate communal area on the first floor of the Centre including a kitchen, lounge and dining area. We will be able to support residents in preparing their own meals and helping them to mix, build friendships, and socialise.
- Private Garden
- Residents – 8 adults with severe learning disabilities will gain access to supported living and learn how to live as independently as possible with the support of staff. They will have an opportunity to build friendships and socialise in a safe environment and have access to the wider community. They will have access to training and work experience and be supported 24-hours per day and encouraged to access the community for college placements, employment opportunities and volunteering.
- Parents and carers – up to 16 parents and carers would benefit from the project. All will have the knowledge that their vulnerable dependents are happily housed and independent before a crisis occurred in their lives and will have meaningful daytime activities. This would give peace of mind and the possibility of increased socialisation for those that had reached their retirement.
- Siblings – it is estimated that another 24 siblings (three per person accommodated) would benefit from the project as their brothers and sisters would be placed in a secure environment when their parents would be too old to care for them.
- Volunteers – at least 50 people would benefit from the project either assisting people in their own homes and/or in the training and community centre. This opportunity would assist those in long term unemployment to gain confidence and self-esteem to approach the work force once more.
Find out more about getting involved.