The JPK Sussex Project was formed in 2001 as a registered Charity to provide a Supported Living Centre in Eastbourne and for the surrounding areas for people with a severe learning disability. Following extensive research and in consultation with Parents and Carers it became evident that there were no suitable vacancies in the area for this client group when their Carers were no longer able to care or died. In addition it was felt essential that Parents had the opportunity to support their vulnerable dependents with this enormous transition into independent living before a crisis occurred. After 14 years of fundraising and searching for a suitable site the JPK have located an ideal site within the conurbation of Eastbourne at Edgmond Church, Church Street, Eastbourne. Full Planning Consent has been obtained and the purchase of the site.
The Project will consist of 16 en-suite Studio Apartments to allow for privacy and independence and a communal lounge, dining room, kitchen and activity room to encourage the building of friendships. A further 8 self contained flatlets will also be provided for those people who are more able, but they will also have access to the communal rooms, should they wish. The project will be fully staffed on a 24 hour basis to support the residents with their living skills, training and accessing the community for social activities.
Everyone needs a purpose to get up in the morning to lead a useful and meaningful life and the JPK will be refurbishing the Church building to provide a Tea Room, Commercial Kitchen, Bakery and Daisy Chain Charity Shop to provide realistic training and work experience in hospitality, catering and retail. The Community Centre will be fully open to the public for Teas, Coffee and Light Lunches which will allow for meaningful training and integration with the community. The JPK has reached this stage in its developments due to its own fundraising initiatives but also the tremendous support it has received from the local community, by supporting the JPK and also donating and fundraising personally. The JPK are ever grateful for this support and to Concentus for their support over the last 10 years. The second stage is to commence major fundraising to enable the building to take place.
The JPK has consulted fully with people with a learning disability and their parents and carers and is considered an excellent design and a well thought through Project for people with a learning disability and will give peace of mind to their parents and carers. When established, The JPK will be a flagship for Supported Living and one that Eastbourne can be proud of, which eventually could be replicated across the Country.