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.

LOOPs Discover North West Magazine - Issue 4

Nov 14 2018

LOOPs (Local Opportunities for Older People) Discover North West Magazine - Issue 4 is out now!

If you would like a copy please contact Ryan or Rachel at PEP or check out the LOOPs website at http://www.loopsprojects.org.uk/north-west/ for an on-line copy or more information.

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.

Soil Association Event


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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Staff Changes at PEP

Aug 14 2017

It was with great regret that at the end of July PEP said a fond farewell to Eilidh Letham.

Eilidh started with PEP in October last year as one of the two Community Navigators for the North West LOOPS project (Local Opportunities for Older People). During her time with PEP, along with her colleague Ryan Lytwyn, she helped get the project off the ground setting up local information stations and producing the first ‘Discover North West’ magazine.

We wish her all the best in her new ‘dream job’ as a Speech and Language therapist at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Dundee. Good luck!

In her place we would like to welcome our new community navigator Rachel Lochhead. Rachel is an experienced community worker having previously been with Volunteer Centre Edinburgh. We would like to welcome her to the team and are looking forward working together in promoting more ‘Local Opportunities for Older People’.

Welcome on board Rachel.


PEP Gets Out and About

Apr 28 2017

Last week PEP exhibited at a Third Sector Careers Day’ at Edinburgh College’s Sighthill Campus.

The event ‘Inspiring Young Minds for a Career in the Third Sector’ was expertly organised by Edinburgh College, Cyrenians, EVOC and Developing the Young Workforce. It brought together a variety of Third Sector Organisations from across Edinburgh to allow them to promote job and volunteering opportunities to the students at the college.

Elaine and Theodora went along and spoke to lots of interested students about the different volunteering opportunities available; and we were able to promote a few other services on the way. We’d like to thank everyone who helped to make the day a success.

Ryan and Eilidh, our LOOPS Community Navigators have also been out and about across North West Edinburgh, promoting Local Opportunities for Older People.

They can be found at different pop-up information stations across the area, but every month they regularly visit:
Blackhall Library 10am – 12noon (1st Monday of every month);
Stockbridge Library 1pm - 3pm (1st Monday of every month);
Kirkliston Library 10am – 12noon (2nd Friday or every month);
Drumbrae Library 10 - 12noon (2nd Monday of every month);

Come along, say hello and find out what is going on in your area for older people.
For more information you can check out the LOOPs website at: http://www.loopsprojects.org.uk/
email us at loops.nw@gmail.com
or just give us a call on 0131 315 4466

Ryan Information Station

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