Neighbourhood Group

Inveresk Sunshine

May 13 2016
Neighbourhood Group

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
LiteracyNeighbourhood Group

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


Morrison’s Grant

Mar 11 2016
Neighbourhood Group

PEP is delighted to announce that the Neighbourhood Group has received Grant Funding from the Morrison’s Foundation for the generous amount of £1642!

This funding will be used to create a programme of activities for the group over the coming months.

We cannot thank the Morrison’s Foundation enough for their generosity.

Farewell to Tasha

Sep 24 2015
VolunteersNeighbourhood Group

Natasha Ong came to PEP back in September 2014 as a student on a gap year placement. Whilst here she helped with every aspect of PEP’s service delivery; she volunteered as a reading buddy with the Tuesday literacy group, she assisted in delivering a class on healthy eating for the Neighbourhood group, and as a passenger escort with bus runs. At Christmas she made PEP’s panto extra special with her Grade 8 piano playing!

Once her placement ended she came back as a volunteer and continued to help with the neighbourhood group. But finally her year had to end so she could go back to her final year of her Psychology degree at the University of Middlesex.

We would like to thank Tasha for all her hard work and continued dedication to PEP and wish her the best of luck for the remainder of her studies.


Neighbourhood Summer Programme Starts

Jul 14 2015
Summer ProgrammeNeighbourhood Group

Jupitar Artland 07/7/15

The Neighbourhood Group’s first summer outing was at Jupiter Artland, based at Wilkieston. 

The space itself has formal gardens, fields and woodlands surrounding the historic Bonnington House and Manor.   There are various walks that the group participated in with many artworks and sculptures along the way.  The group had a good day and enjoyed seeing the art. 

The staff were very helpful and set up a marquee for us to have our lunch in which was lovely!

Dynamic Earth 9/7/15

The Neighbourhood Group went on their 2nd trip to Dynamic Earth as part of their summer programme.  The staff at Dynamic Earth were fantastic and arranged the entire day for the group.

We firstly started with a tour which included being on a time machine which was very exciting!  We then went to see an Astronaut film in the 360 degree showdome, with explosive surround sound! It was an experience for sure. 

We then went onto two workshops, firstly, a dinosaur exercise where there were dinosaur fossils and the group then went onto make clay dinosaurs, great fun!

The last part of the day was a workshop about Weather, which involved electricity experiments and tornado experiments. 

The group had a fantastic day and would love to go back again the future.


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