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.

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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Literacy learner Book Launch

Aug 02 2018

After almost two years of hard work, PEP literacy learner Stuart had the opportunity to launch his new book!

Stuart Runciman is a young man with cerebral palsy and has attended literacy sessions at PEP for many years. Stuart has always had a passion for action movies and thriller novels, so two years ago with the support of his dedicated keyworker Gerry, he decided it was time he would write his own novel. 

PEP’s literacy tutor Diane, also helped to support him through the entire process from the initial idea to the final book. His story shows that he has an incredible imagination and flare for creating an exciting piece of work. Stu remained focused and engaged throughout the project and demonstrated that people of all abilities and capabilities can produce works and find outlets for their creative skills.

North Edinburgh Arts and Muirhouse library also supported Stuart through his literary journey and it was a pleasure to listen to him reading from his book at the launch. His family kindly provided a buffet for the attendees and everyone, especially Stu, enjoyed the evenings event.

His story ‘The Briefcase’ takes place in Florida, a place that Stuart knows well. It incorporates suspense, intrigue and a trail of destruction! The book is on sale at PEP for only £3…. and is well worth every penny!

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Success for ESOL Student

Oct 26 2016

Congratulations to Kaya, one of PEP’s Polish students who just found out that she has a place at Edinburgh Colleges Stevenson’s Campus on the part time ESOL course. This is an excellent step for Kaya as her aim is to be able to attend college to study Graphics.

Kaya wanted to give a huge thank you (and bouquet of flowers!) to her literacy tutor Diane and computer tutor Ray for helping make her application a success.  We wish Kaya all the best for her future plans.


Unveiling of the New Computer Suite

Sep 16 2016

It is with great pleasure that PEP can announce the upgrading and amazing transformation of our computer suite!

This was achieved through fundraising and donations from Heineken Brewery. Digital Skills were able to install and update some of the software for the new computers. We would also like to thank Alan who expertly set up the new computers for us. With more memory, faster processing speeds and fantastic graphics the computers now bring the suite right up to date. Not only that, but they look great and the compact design of the machines allow more space for people to work.

The members of the computer class love the new look suite saying ‘They are much much better’, ‘so much faster to work with’ and ‘they look so good!’

Why not come along and check them out for yourselves. Computer classes are free with Ray our experienced volunteer computer tutor. We have sessions for beginners on Tuesdays 10 – 12 and advanced learners Thursday 1 – 3. The suite is also available for drop in sessions Monday to Friday 9.00 – 3.00.
Please call us at PEP on 0131 315 4466 for more information.

New Computer Suite

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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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


Literacy Outing to North Edinburgh Arts

May 27 2015

On a lovely sunny morning the ‘Tuesday literacy group’ headed to the North Edinburgh Art Centre cafe to say farewell to our Reading Buddy Tasha who has now finished her university placement with PEP.  It was also an opportunity to see fellow student Cathy in action working in the Art Centre's cafe.

We used a PEP bus to take us there and on arrival, as expected, we were spoilt rotten by Cathy with lovely coffee, tea and cakes. We had a good chat and catch up but not to miss an opportunity, we also did some numeracy tasks!  The group looked at calculations relating to the food and cake prices in the cafe and other money related sums.

Finally we had a wander around the Centre’s community garden which was beautiful and full of flowers and vegetables in bloom.


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