Burns Supper

Jan 26 2018
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The Thursday Neighbourhood Group celebrated Robert Burns birthday in style. The table had been decorated by Elaine with tartan, heather and pictures of the Scots poet; James then kicked off the proceedings narrating the Selkirk Grace before a delicious haggis neeps and tatties lunch was served.

Pudding was shortbread and homemade tablet courtesy of Ryan.  Stuart then finished the day off by reciting two of the poets best known works; the ‘Address to a Haggis’ and ‘To a Mouse’.

It was an enjoyable and memorable lunch.

PEP’s Annual Christmas Party

Dec 22 2017

This year’s party at the Queensberry Bowling Club was on the 21nd December. Once again Moira and volunteers Peter and Stephen teamed up and did an amazing job of decorating the tables to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

The hall was packed with 60 people coming along for their annual Christmas lunch with PEP. The food, as always, was prepared by PEP’s dedicated staff and volunteers. This year’s starter was pate and oatcakes followed by turkey with all the trimmings and a black forest gateau with cream for pudding.

The entertainment was provided by Pat, who made a welcome return to the Christmas party. He played music, sang and got the party goers singing too! Everyone danced right up to the end of the afternoon.  

The raffle had tonnes of prizes on offer including chocolates and gift sets; some kindly donated by ‘Morrison’s Ferry Road’. Instead of poinsettias, there were lovely little Christmas houseplants.   The star prizes were six small food hampers donated by the ‘Cyrenians FareShare’ and two larger hampers, all with a variety of food and snacks to keep the Christmas cheer going on over the holiday season.

Thank you to Pat for the music, the Queensberry Bowling Club for hosting us and providing the bar facilities, to the staff and volunteers for making the day happen and to everyone who came along…. ‘Merry Christmas’!

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Pantomime and Christmas Celebrations

Dec 18 2017
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On the 12th December the Granton Baptist Church hosted PEP’s 2017 Christmas Celebrations; the hall was packed with 125 people who came along to enjoy the festive evening.

30 dancers from the ‘Edinburgh Dance Academy’’ arrived and kicked off the evening with 8 routines. As always their dancing was amazing and they wowed the audience with their talent and inspired routines and costumes (including witches and wild animals!). 

This year’s PEP Pantomime Presentation was ‘The Night Before Christmas’; a play based on the Christmas poem by Clement C Moore. Again PEP’s staff, volunteers and group members took on the roles with guest appearances from school kids James and Ellie. This year’s star had to be Ray whose part as a mouse got huge laughs whenever he appeared. Additional entertainment was provided by the Literacy Groups poem, and the audience joined in with renditions of ‘When Santa Got Stuck up the Chimney’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and helped end the show with ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’.

This year’s Volunteer awards were presented by volunteer coordinator Elaine Anderson. Driver Addy Gordon got the ‘Special Recognition’ award; while the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award went to ‘Reindeer Extraordinaire’ Sharon Douglas.

The evening ended with the traditional raffle and a buffet for all prepared by PEP’s dedicated staff and volunteers.

Acknowledgements: Rev. Ian Dickie and the Granton Baptist Church, Edinburgh Dance Academy, Morrison’s Ferry Road and all the staff, volunteers and service users at PEP who made the evening special!

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Christmas Crafts - Must Be Christmas!

Dec 14 2017
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The Craft group celebrated the run up to Christmas with a one off crafting session. 

It gave the group a chance to get some of their Christmas cards made adding that personal touch. Some of the group also created some fabulous Christmas hanging decorations from some real extra-large pine cones! There was glitter everywhere! 

It was lovely to see some new faces, mixed in with the old who return to the class year after year. As always, the session gave everyone a chance for a good blether and catch up over some home-made scones and delicious chocolate cake. 

Thank you to everyone who came along and here’s to next year! 

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PEP's Christmas Panto

Dec 01 2017
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"Twas the Night before Christmas when all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring not even a......."

Phone Trish on 0131 315 4466 to book your place for this year's Pantomime.

The evening will also feature dancers from the Edinburgh Dance Academy.

Everyone welcome!

Edinburgh City Council - Get Up & Go Awards

Oct 17 2017

"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

Sep 28 2017

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

Sep 22 2017

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

Aug 21 2017

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

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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