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Neighbourhood Group Palace Visit

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’s Garden Takes Shape

May 09 2017
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Espe from the ‘Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust’, paid PEP several visits this week to start the planting up of the office side garden. The Neighbourhood Group helped out, choosing areas, digging holes and planting a selection of currants, blueberries and herbs. They also filled the upcycled hanging baskets preparing them for planting. The Weekend Resource joined in too and helped Espe fill the recycled tyre planters with rhubarb, strawberries and carrots.

Amazingly, the weather stayed lovely for the full week making sure the most was made of everyone’s time in the garden. Thanks Espe!

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Walking Group’s Sights of Spring

Apr 24 2017
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The Neighbourhood Group have been busy getting out and about and enjoying the nicer spring time weather.

Recent visits have included Leith Links and Lauriston Castle and have allowed the group to indulge in a bit of dog and bird watching on the way! They also had time to admire the amazing daffodil displays around the grounds of Lauriston Castle

Walking Group at Lauriston

Garden Makeover at PEP

Feb 02 2017
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PEP’s sensory garden at the rear of the office has always been a favourite spot for people to sit out at and enjoy the famous elusive Scottish sun. But over the years the garden has become more and more wild, with large plants taking over and ivy covering half of the area!

We were delighted then that the PEP Neighbourhood group’s continued working partnership with ‘Edinburgh Lothian Greenspace Trust’ has culminated in the Trust providing funding for the garden to have a complete makeover.

The Trust employed contractors to come in and completely redesign the space, with input from PEP service users, volunteers and staff. The three contractors wasted no time in getting to work and digging out all the old established plants and readying the ground. New steps were built with a path to access the upper levels of the gardens and fabulous planters have been created from old tyres; not only for recycling, but also to enable people with all abilities to get involved in gardening.

The team even created a foldaway work table meaning that potting can be done by the group on site and then be cleared away to make the most of the space. The side garden has also been cleared with a path created to what will be PEP’s soft fruit area.

Whilst there is still a lot of work to do, with the contractors coming back in a few weeks to continue their amazing work, the garden is already vastly different with more light and more space for gardening. Once the work is completed the Neighbourhood group will set to work to plant up the garden once again with the help of Edinburgh Lothian Greenspace Trust and the Weekend Resource will be decorating the planters to bring more colours into the space.

(Have no fear; the removed plants will all be rehomed over at the community garden!!)

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Scottish Cup at PEP

Jan 18 2017
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Today PEP were delighted to welcome Sue and Eileen from the Hibernian Football club … and even more delighted to welcome the famous Scottish Cup. May 2016 saw Hibs win the cup after 114 years and Sue, Hibs Community Engagement Officer, and volunteer Eileen have been on the road ever since bringing the cup into the community. Tomorrow they will have visited 114 schools across the whole of Scotland; one for each year!

Everyone at PEP would like to thank them for the fantastic chance to get up close and have their pictures taken with the trophy.

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Neighbourhood Group News Round Up

Jan 11 2017
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The last part of 2016 was a busy time for the neighbourhood group. Not only were they getting ready for the Christmas celebrations and Pantomime; but during October and November they were also making bird boxes!

The bird boxes were made by the group to be part of an interactive light project that took place at Muirhouse Shopping Centre on the 25th of November. The group worked on this project with Lyndsay from ‘The Arcadeum Art Shop.’ The boxes themselves can still be seen inside the Muirhouse Shopping Centre where they will shortly being going up for auction with the proceeds to go to a local charity.

On the 13th of December the neighbourhood group also created Christmas wreathes when they visited Newhailes National Trust for Scotland. The used materials sourced directly from the Newhailes woodland along with donated cinnamon and dried fruits to create beautiful festive decorations.

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Neighbourhood Group Autumn Walk

Nov 15 2016
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The Tuesday Neighbourhood Group took advantage of the beautiful November weather to go for a nature walk at the Cammo Estate.

As the group stretched their legs, they also stretched their brains, identifying and discussing trees.

A handy log next to the old Cammo house ruin gave a good spot to stop for lunch and a bit of leaf sketching before heading for home.

All the sketches and chalk drawings were then put together and the group collectively created a lovely leaf collage currently on display at PEP’s offices.

Group at Cammo


Learning is Fun!

Aug 10 2016
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The Neighbourhood Group had a fun afternoon of word and memory games, proving that learning can be fun!

The words were very much a joint effort, but it was Peter who proved to be the ‘Memory Master’!

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Inveresk Sunshine

May 13 2016
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On Wednesday the Neighbourhood Group made the most of the sunshine with a trip to Inveresk Gardens. This hidden gem was wonderfully sheltered and the group enjoyed wandering around admiring the flowers. They even did some wildlife spotting! There was a rabbit and a couple of toads (if you knew where to look!).

The packed lunch was enjoyed in the restored Edwardian conservatory before the group sat on the grass for a little art session. They drew the house, tulips and scenery; there was even a rabbit picture and a couple of portraits.

It was a great day out in a beautiful setting with fantastic weather. However, Kristy was unfortunate enough to find the one muddy patch in the whole place! Oops!


Easter Revels at PEP

Mar 29 2016
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The Tuesday groups got into the spirit of Easter with lots of ‘Eggciting’ tasks.

The literacy and numeracy group set to measuring and weighing an assortment of chocolate eggs kindly donated by Morrison’s on Ferry Road. They checked out the best by dates and had a good discussion on prices and value for money… before eating them of course.

The Neighbourhood group played games with Frances and enjoyed a delicious chocolate egg shared between them. Though there had to be a play-off after Frances suspiciously won the first game! Well done to Diane who won the second round and received a lovely giant Crème Egg.

The Weekend Resource also created these beautiful Easter decorations using just wool, paste and some balloons! Well done to them all and Happy Easter



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