AN Eastbourne charity has launched a massive £100,000 fundraising appeal.

The JPK Project was formed to provide a supported living centre with training opportunities for people with a learning disability in Eastbourne and the surrounding area.

Its fundraising so far means it has secured a site in Old Town with a cafe, bakery and training facility.  

Training courses for students started through grants and community fundraising.

The charity is now looking to becoming a Registered Training Facility.

And it wants to create a new supported living centre on-site in 8 flats for people who have a severe learning disability. 

Jill Parker said: “The plans give individuality to each unit and incorporate a staff room for night cover. A separate communal area includes a kitchen, lounge and dining facilities.

“We will be able to support residents in preparing their own meals and helping them to mix, build friendships, and socialise.

“The living accommodation has always been of prime importance.  We are delighted to announce that we have already raised 65% of the total capital required and are applying for additional funds to raise more money.

“Unfortunately, the pandemic has meant our local fundraising initiatives have had to cease for the time being, so we are asking for your help online instead. 

“We already have 8 people on our waiting list to be accommodated and the majority of their carers are in their 70s and 80s.

“It is essential for people with a learning disability to be suitably housed before a crisis occurs.

“This enormous transition from living ‘at home’ to ‘independent living’ needs the support of their parent carers, otherwise if people with a learning disability were suddenly bereft of their parents and left ‘in crisis’, there would be no opportunity for the individual to choose where they would wish to live.

“They could be placed anywhere where there is a vacancy, possibly out of the county.”

The fundraising link is Fundraiser by Jill Parker : Providing for people with learning disabilities (gofundme.com)