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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

theo_pep
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

theo_pep
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

theo_pep
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
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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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Tesco Bags of Help

theo_pep
May 02 2017
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Exciting News: PEP has been chosen by the ‘Tesco Bags of Help’ scheme to be included in the May and June community vote!

Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme, where the money raised from the 5p bag charge is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK. This time it’s PEP’s chance to have money raised by the local community for its Summer Programme of Events.

Voting for PEP will take place in 3 local stores:
Davidson Mains Tesco, Queensferry Road Tesco Express and the large Tesco superstore in South Queensferry.

To vote, you will need to make a purchase of any value at any of the three stores listed above. You will receive one token per transaction and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.

So please choose PEP, and remember to get your token

EVERY TOKEN COUNTS

Thank you!

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PEP Gets Out and About

theo_pep
Apr 28 2017
EventVolunteersLOOPs

Last week PEP exhibited at a Third Sector Careers Day’ at Edinburgh College’s Sighthill Campus.


The event ‘Inspiring Young Minds for a Career in the Third Sector’ was expertly organised by Edinburgh College, Cyrenians, EVOC and Developing the Young Workforce. It brought together a variety of Third Sector Organisations from across Edinburgh to allow them to promote job and volunteering opportunities to the students at the college.


Elaine and Theodora went along and spoke to lots of interested students about the different volunteering opportunities available; and we were able to promote a few other services on the way. We’d like to thank everyone who helped to make the day a success.

Ryan and Eilidh, our LOOPS Community Navigators have also been out and about across North West Edinburgh, promoting Local Opportunities for Older People.


They can be found at different pop-up information stations across the area, but every month they regularly visit:
Blackhall Library 10am – 12noon (1st Monday of every month);
Stockbridge Library 1pm - 3pm (1st Monday of every month);
Kirkliston Library 10am – 12noon (2nd Friday or every month);
Drumbrae Library 10 - 12noon (2nd Monday of every month);


Come along, say hello and find out what is going on in your area for older people.
For more information you can check out the LOOPs website at: http://www.loopsprojects.org.uk/
email us at loops.nw@gmail.com
or just give us a call on 0131 315 4466

Ryan Information Station

Art Trip to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

theo_pep
Mar 31 2017
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PEP’s Arts and Crafts group were delighted to be invited back to the Queens Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Nine lucky ‘crafters’ came along to see the latest exhibition from the Royal Collection, which is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact.


 The subject currently on display is ‘Maria Merian's Butterflies’.  The group were lucky enough to be there for a short talk by the curator of the exhibition, before being able to view the amazing pictures which were all hand painted on vellum and depicted butterflies on native plants. They were created by German artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian who travelled to Suriname with her daughter in 1699. Their depiction was ground-breaking for the time and the images are still studied by scientists today.


After the gallery, the group ventured into the palace itself for a refreshing cup of tea and biscuits before setting to the craft session where we created our own butterflies using Maria’s images as inspiration. The class was expertly led by Emily who also continued to tell us about the life and work of this amazing German woman.


We finished by putting all the mini works of art together to create a ‘kaleidoscope’ of butterflies. Once again this was a very enjoyable session and all the participants thoroughly enjoyed their time there. We would like to thank Emily for her knowledge and Neepa for organising the session for us and we look forward to being able to visit again in the future.

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