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Edinburgh City Council - Get Up & Go Awards

theo_pep
Oct 17 2017
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"PEP volunteers - Going that extra mile"

Congratulations to our volunteer Drivers and Passenger Assistants who have been presented with the Crystal Star award at this years ‘Get Up and Go’ magazine launch by Edinburgh Council. The presentation took place at Leith Theatre on Wednesday 4th October and was very well attended by lots of older people from across the whole of Edinburgh.

This Crystal Star award recognises that PEP’s transport service stands out as a vital provision for older people. The volunteers who support the service have shown that they “Go the extra mile” and really make a true difference to the lives of older people in the North West locality of Edinburgh.

This new award has been created especially this year for PEP’s volunteers by the Get Up & Go team.  The lovely Crystal Star award this year was named “Going That Extra Mile” in honour of PEP’s transport volunteers.

It is great that our volunteers are recognised in this way as they so kindly give of their free time to help others and to support the local community.Get up and go 1

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Congratulations to them all. 

Volunteer’s Barge Trip

theo_pep
Sep 28 2017
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Each year we like to thank our dedicated volunteers by holding an event to say ‘thank you’; this September we booked the Re-union canal barge to go on a two hour trip from Fountainbridge to the Longstone viaduct and back.

The sun shone as we all boarded the barge, the ‘Lochrin Belle’ at 6pm and after the obligatory safety talk from the skipper telling us “if we fall overboard to just stand up as the water is not deep at all” we set off.

Once on our way, we progressed at a very leisurely pace taking in the sights of both the old and new buildings, a wee bit of wildlife and the other people enjoying the canal. A few local residents waved to us from their balconies and we all waved enthusiastically back.

The voyage was lots of fun! We even had a few volunteers and staff recreating the moment on the Titanic, where Jack and Rose stand at the bow of the ship with arms outstretched… thankfully no one fell in! 

On the return trip, there were a few willing volunteers who wanted to try their hand at steering the barge. Top marks go to our volunteer Charlie Marshall for keeping us on an even course, however someone who remains nameless, did steer us into the canal bank and a few of us who were sitting at the front were entangled in overhanging trees and bushes.  

We would like to thank the PEP's Neighbourhood Group who prepared the buffet for the evening, the crew of the ‘Lochrin Belle’ for a smooth journey and of course a big thank you to our fabulous volunteers who regularly give up their free time to help others.

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Food for Life Better Care

theo_pep
Sep 22 2017
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On the 14th of September PEP and LOOPS NW hosted an event for the ‘Soil Association Scotland’. This charity created ‘The Food for Life Better Care’ programme to improve the health and wellbeing of older people and bring communities together to reduce loneliness. 

The event gave 13 local older people the opportunity to come along and chat to the researchers about their views on food, eating well and bringing people together. They shared memories of favourite foods and chatted about subjects such as food and diabetes. The participants also got the chance to relax with a cup of tea and piece of cake… or a carrot stick if they preferred!

Our thanks go to the Soil Association for coming along; and to all the participants for giving up some time to help out with the research.

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LOOPs at the Botanics

theo_pep
Aug 21 2017
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Last Friday Ryan, Rachel and Theodora had a busy day at the Royal Botanic Gardens co-hosting a LOOPs event at the historic Botanic’s Cottage. The event ‘Local Opportunities for Older People’ had been planned together with Heather and her volunteers at the LOOPs phone-line based at ‘Volunteer Edinburgh’.

The event brought together older people from across the north west of the city and offered a morning of IT support including information on Bank of Scotland’s online services, light exercise from ‘Ageing Well’ and information on local services and activities. ‘Contact the Elderly’, ‘SHRUB’ and City of Edinburgh Libraries service were all represented at the event.

Laura from the Botanics Cottage also gave a fascinating talk on the history and ‘move’ of the cottage to its new location. It was an exciting and busy day with lots going on. We would like to thank everyone who got involved and were able to help make the event a success.

Finally a huge thank you to Sainsbury’s at Craigleith for supplying some delicious cakes for the day.

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PEP's Summer Programme Week 4

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Aug 10 2017
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The final week of PEP’s summer programme of events included a Trip to Falkirk, the last of the craft classes and a summer party at the Queensberry Bowling Club.

The weather in Falkirk couldn’t have been better; it was a lovely warm day with plenty of sunshine. It was perfect for sitting outside in the clean and safe precinct area after a nice session browsing around the shops. Everyone enjoyed the packed lunches and made the most of a relaxing afternoon.

The final craft class was busy with avid jewellery makers skilfully creating an array of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The colours and designs were inspired with the participants using beads, copper wire and buttons to make their little works of art. The group has worked so hard over the last 4 weeks and the items created have been fantastic. Well done to them all.

The final event of the summer programme for 2017 was the ever popular Summer Party at the Queensberry Bowling Club. The room was packed as the staff and volunteers dished out a delicious summer salad to the party goers. This year the music was provided by Graham and he had everyone up on the dance floor. Even the staff joined in with Helen and Frances stunning everyone with their ‘rockin and rollin’ and Ray enjoying his dances with the ladies!

The raffle had some great prizes including a bottle of Prosecco kindly donated by the bar staff and 2 well stocked food hampers. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day with comments of ‘best ever’ echoing around the hall.

As always we would like to say a huge thank you to the Queensberry Bowling Club for providing the venue and bar facilities and for making us feel so welcome. Thank you also to all the staff and volunteers for their hard work setting up and making the event run so smoothly and to Graham for keeping everyone so well entertained.

It was a fantastic end to this year’s summer programme.

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PEP's Summer Programme Week 3

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Jul 28 2017
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The third week of PEP’s summer programme of events included a trip to Dunbar, a craft class, the annual Summer Fayre and a visit to the Blair Drummond Safari Park.

The outing to Dunbar gave another opportunity for some shopping and relaxing.  It was great to have so many people going to the East Lothian harbour town including some who had never been there before.

The craft class switched topics this session with jewellery work making a return! The group got busy designing their own bracelets and necklaces, choosing their colours and shapes carefully to make some beautiful pieces of wearable art!

The Summer Fayre was held on the Thursday and the weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold! We were delighted to welcome along ‘MacMillan Cancer’, the ‘Knit and Natter Group’, ‘Bowel Cancer UK’ and Irena and Marion from the ‘Move it Project’. It was a great day with additional PEP stalls all fundraising. There was seated exercise at the central circle which was a popular choice for many, and a barbeque supplying burgers and sausages for the fayre goers.

The event was also visited by MSP Ben MacPherson and local Councillor Eleanor Bird  and the local community police came and joined in the fun too. George kept the music going and the fayre closed with the ever popular raffle. Thanks to all the staff, volunteers and attendees for making the day such a success.

Two buses made the annual pilgrimage to the wonderful Blair Drummond Safari Park. It was a dry day with the sun even making appearance. The buses started by going around the animal enclosures including the new baboon area! It was great to see all the monkeys with their babies clinging to them.  There was plenty of time for people to then do their own thing whether that meant relaxing with a packed lunch or heading for the boat trip around ‘Monkey Island’. It was a very busy day and just as everyone was stepping back onto bus it started raining; things couldn’t have been timed more perfectly.

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Summer Programme Week 2

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Jul 27 2017
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Week two included a visit to Peebles, the second of four craft classes and a trip on Ratho Barge

The weather for Peebles wasn’t promising, but it didn’t stop a group from heading to the historic and picturesque borders town. The rain stayed off for the day and allowed time for everyone to browse around the charity shops and admire the historic churches.

The next instalment of the popular craft class continued with the decoupage theme. Whilst some finished off their trinket boxes, others were able to decorate chunky photo-frames. Final designs included geometric patterns and flowers with some button and bead motifs for the final touches!

The last trip of the week was a lovely relaxing cruise on the canal from Ratho. It was a nice sunny day allowing some to sit up front for the best view of the swans on the canal. There were also gifts available to buy and a delicious packed lunch. When it was time for the barges to turn around, it gave everyone a chance to have a chat across the water between the barges.

It was a great day out; and our thanks as always goes to the Seagull Trust.

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PEP’s Summer Programme Week 1

theo_pep
Jul 19 2017
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Week one included a trip to Perth, the first in a series of craft classes and an Edinburgh tour.

The first outing in the minibus was a relaxing trip to Perth. It was a beautiful day and the group enjoyed what was described as a ‘lazy day’ having a nosey around the shops and a visit to the local cafes. The main object of the afternoon seemed to be soaking up that lovely sun!

The first task for the craft class this year was ‘decoupage’; the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper onto it and varnishing the finished product. The group started craftily ‘upcycling’ old Christmas card boxes, designing and decorating them with paper scraps to make lovely trinket boxes. Some people then used buttons to create raised details for their designs.

The second outing saw the return of ‘Richards Tours of Edinburgh’. This year’s theme…?  “Crime and Punishment in Old Edinburgh and some Very Naughty People!”

Our driver Grant excelled in finding places to stop in the Old Town where Richard could narrate in more detail on some of Edinburgh’s nastiest crimes. These included the treatment of witches; Burke and Hare’s move into murder from mere body snatching and the treatment that finally befell Burke (public di-section).

Then there was “half hingit Maggie” the poor fish hawker whose baby was still born after conceiving out of wedlock. She was sentenced to hang but survived! Deacon Brodie the locksmith-come-burglar who hanged from the very gallows he had designed and the Porteous riots where Captain Porteous was sprung from the town jail by a mob and lynched on a driers pole.

The final stop off was a “house of ill repute” where Richard read reports on some of the working ladies of 18th century Edinburgh.  Informative, fun and a little bit grizzly! Thanks Richard.Craft Class 1

Neighbourhood Group Palace Visit

theo_pep
Jun 15 2017
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The Neighbourhood Group went to visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse not once but twice last week. They had tea and biscuits and a guided tour of the many rooms and gardens.

The Tuesday group endured torrential rain to get there, but agreed that it was well worth it. The Friday group travelled in style and even managed to get a picture with the PEP bus at the palace entrance!

Both groups had a lovely time and would like thank Neepa Patel at the Royal Collection Trust who organised these trips.

PEP Celebrates Volunteers Week

theo_pep
Jun 06 2017
EventVolunteers

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1st-7th June every year.

For our celebrations PEP invited some of our amazing volunteers round for a chat with Paul Wilson, PEP volunteer and Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Edinburgh and Local Councillor Eleanor Bird.

The group shared their stories of volunteering and what being part of the PEP family meant to them. They then relaxed and enjoyed a cup of tea and a bacon butty laid on by the staff!

We would like to thank all those who came along for the morning, and all our volunteers for the amazing work they do supporting PEP and its services.

THANK YOU!

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