Literacy Learners’ Farewell

Apr 03 2019

Sadly, due to the recent council funding cuts; it is with great regret that we have now closed PEP’s literacy service.

However, we went out in style and threw a party! We were delighted that so many learners were able to come along to PEP, share their stories, memories and say goodbye.

The group enjoyed the cakes, teas and coffees… one learner even brought some home-made biscuits made especially for the event. The Literacy Worker Diane and Theodora the Learning and Training Officer both said a few words about their experiences and enjoyment of working with everyone and wished everyone the best for the future.

I am delighted to say that due to the dedication of volunteer tutor Ray, the computing sessions on a Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon will be continuing.

We would like to thank everyone who have supported this valuable service and especially wish to thank all the volunteers who have helped support the learners over the years.

Thank you and farewell from the ‘Learning Corner’.

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Last LOOPs NW Event

Mar 18 2019

LOOPs NW held their final event this month at the Granton Art Centre, Scotland's first purpose-built art store for paintings, drawings and sculptures from the national collection.

The group of 13 older people attended the Centre to go behind the scenes and examine the collection, before enjoying refreshments and a good chat. It was a successful tour - many thanks to our guide Rosie!

Sadly, as a result of local council funding cuts, the LOOPs project will be closing down on the 29th of March. We'd like to thank everyone for their support over the last two and a half years.

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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