Behind the Scenes

Apr 06 2020

While the front line staff and volunteers are visible out and about in the community, delivering food to those in need; there are others who have been beavering away in the background.

Trisha Lang, PEP’s finance officer has, for the past two weeks, been organising the buses, drivers and escorts to ensure that the meal deliveries run without a hitch! She has also been ensuring that each person involved has had access to the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) needed to perform their duties safely and effectively.

If that wasn’t enough, she’s also been making sure that the office is sanitised every morning so that those unable to work from home are in the safest environment possible under the circumstances!

Well done – you’re a star!

Remember – please ‘Stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives’

Food Project Update

Apr 02 2020

PEP is now working with ‘Scran Academy’, ‘Prep Table’ and ‘Fresh Start’ to create a Strategic Development Plan for meal deliveries; to be rolled out across the city. Currently the Scottish Government are being kept up to date on the initiative.

Our colleagues at ‘EVOC’; who support, develop and promote the work of voluntary and community organisations across Edinburgh; and our community Transport colleagues at ‘SEAG’, ‘LCTS’, ‘HC’L and the ‘Dove Centre’, are also all looking to get on-board and help in the efforts to ensure that vulnerable people from across the city and from walks of life get the food and assistance they need to see through the Coronavirus crisis.   

This Wednesday seven PEP buses were out and about delivering meals across North Edinburgh. So far the initiative has delivered an amazing 2295 meals. Well done to everyone involved!

Remember to follow Government guidelines and only travel if absolutely necessary; to protect yourselves, each other and our hardworking friends in the NHS!

Stay safe.

A Week of Deliveries

Apr 01 2020

Providing food seven days a week for 170 people isn’t easy. There’s a lot of preparation that needs to go in; and that’s not just the cooking!

PEP manager Helen Tait has been busy liaising with business and organisations across the whole area to ensure the food keeps coming. We received food donations from, amongst others, Morrison’s supermarket, TKMax and Greggs. This food was all delivered to Scran academy with their professional chef and excellent kitchen facilities for preparation in a safe and controlled environment.

But it’s not just food we need. Morrison’s have donated paper bags so that the food can be transported individually to each household. Boots have donated facemasks so that the workers delivering the food remain safe.

So if you see a PEP bus drive by; give it a wave! In this time of need we thank everyone for their time, efforts and donations and would like to remind people to:

‘Stay at home wherever possible; to stay safe and help the NHS’

North Edinburgh Food Deliveries Continue

Mar 31 2020

PEP is continuing to work with catering social enterprise; ‘Scran Academy’ and ‘Prep Table’ and ethical food provider ‘Union of Genius’ (UofG) to ensure that hot healthy and safe food is provided to people most at risk during the Coronavirus outbreak.

On Friday, PEP drivers collected food from UofG to take to Scran Academy for packaging into individual meals. These meals were then collected by PEP staff and volunteer drivers and handed out to local people in the community with the help of our staff and volunteer passenger assistants….. only this time our cargo wasn’t people but delicious food.  

During the last week this important service has provided over 1000 meals to those most in need! Well done to everyone involved.

A huge thank you to the local shops and businesses who have donated food and equipment to us to enable the meals to keep coming!


Food Deliveries Rolled Out

Mar 30 2020

From Friday 20th March 2020; PEP has been working hard to help out local community projects to identify individuals and distribute aid parcels and hot food to vulnerable people in the local area.

Within less than a week, we were delivering to 150 people ensuring that they had access to a hot nutrition meal for every day of the week or a food parcel.

Our thanks to all the partners including, ‘Scran Academy’ and Prep Table.

Drylaw Rainbow club’ and Low Income Families Together’ (LIFT) were able to identify those in the area who would be most in need of the service.

Our picture shows our colleague Will from ‘Scran Academy’ taking possession of a precious cargo of Stovies and Onion Bhaji’s. 

Coronavirus: PEP Daycare Services to Cease TODAY

Mar 17 2020
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Based on the current COVID – 19 (Corona Virus) situation; PEP received information from the Chief Officer of Edinburgh’s Health and Social Care Partnership.

The council has decided to suspend all their own day centres and step down commissioned day opportunities until further notice. This means that as of 17th March 2020, if you, or someone you care for, regularly attends a day centre, this will no longer continue. The Health and Social Care Partnership will of course review this decision regularly, as they learn more.

All PEP’s day-care services: The Day-care clubs: Monday Dunedin and MAGIC, Tuesday – Smarites, Thursday – Chummy, Friday – Cheery. The Neighbourhood Group Tuesday to Friday and the Saturday and Sunday Weekend Resources.  Also the Tuesday and Thursday Computer Class and the Tuesday Literacy sessions ARE ALL CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Please note that the office itself is remaining open at this time.

The Council also said:

“This will be a difficult time for many people and these are not decisions taken lightly however in the current evolving circumstances, we are struggling to justify bringing vulnerable people together. We cannot in good faith increase the potential risk of harm to you or your loved ones. For this reason, I am certain that you will understand and agree that this is the right decision to be taking just now, based on what we currently know.”

We will notify our service users of any updates. If you have any queries or need assistance please contact PEP on 0131 315 4466

Please stay safe and follow governmental guidance.


Feb 13 2020

On Tuesday 12th of February PEP drivers arrived at the organisations fleet of buses to discover two of them had been targeted by thieves. These thieves had expertly removed the Catalytic Converters from two of the newer buses.  

Not only will this be costly for us but we will be down two buses for a considerable amount of time!  This means we are running with a reduced fleet affecting our ability to provide a smooth service to some of those most in need.

We would like to confirm that PEP has spent the last years trying to identify secure parking for the buses. The council were also unable to identify a location. We have tried every space, business etc. throughout North Edinburgh and surrounding areas to no avail!

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