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Neighbourhood Group visit the Community Shed

Oct 19 2018
Neighbourhood Group

Recently the Friday Neighbourhood Group has been visiting the new ‘Community Shed’ at North Edinburgh Arts.

They are currently making a garden bench from reclaimed wood for PEP’s garden. The wood includes old floorboards burnt in a fire and the group have been sanding them down to make them useable.  The seat will also have inserted glass beads as decoration.

Last week they cut and measured the wood to size; this week the group took turns cutting, sanding and drilling holes. Next week they will start staining the wood to get the final bench ready.


Neighbourhood Group – Places Available

Jun 21 2018
Neighbourhood Group

PEP’s Neighbourhood Group is currently open to welcome new group members. The service, for adults of all ages with mental health issues/disabilities, provides lunch and a programme of activities on Tuesdays to Fridays. Based at the PEP Centre at 3 West Pilton Park, the sessions run from 9.30am to 2.45pm.

If you think you might be interested, know someone who may wish to attend or would just like some more information on the service provided then please contact us at PEP.

Please ask for Mandy on 0131 315 4466.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Spring has Sprung!

Feb 08 2018
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The Neighbourhood Group has brought spring to PEP early with a fantastic wall poster. Tuesday’s group created the initial collage using pictures and making tissue paper daffodils and butterflies. The piece was then put up for display in the sitting room.

The Wednesday Group then decided that it needed some ‘blinging up’; so they created an array of paper and felt flowers in the shapes and colours of snowdrops, crocus’s and tulips.

The paper flowers were then arranged into bouquets and placed around the wall poster. The finished display looks great… well done to everyone who helped out.Spring NG 1

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.

Neighbourhood Groups Summer Programme

Sep 04 2017
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The Neighbourhood Group started their Summer Programme on a very wet day with a tour and lunch at Greyfriar’s Kirk.

The next visit involved a small creature handling session and a tour around Deep Sea World in North Queensferry. It was great watching the seals; the group particularly like Morag the stubborn seal who refused to do any of the activities asked of her… she just wanted to be fed.

The Museum of Flight was great fun.  After a workshop on the air force during world war II, the group got to try on some of the uniforms that pilots would have worn during World War II. Johnny really got into the spirt of things and enjoyed dressing up.

The group then had a lovely day out at Bo’ness railway and as it was a sunny day we had our picnic lunch outdoors in the sunshine.

Next we went to sunny Fife and had a great tour of Culross Palace and walled garden with Linda Whiteford. The group really enjoyed all of her funny stories and were stunned by the beautiful walled garden; particularly the teasels.

We finished off our summer programme of activities with a trip to The House of Binns. We climbed up to the tower before having lunch in the lovely grounds overlooking the three bridges. Then we had our tour of Tam Dalyell’s beautiful House and had a chat with his wife Kathleen Wheatley who made Agata’s day by giving her some peacock feathers.

We have all had a great month of outings and while the weather has been changeable, we have had a great time.


PEP’s Glorious Garden!

Aug 28 2017
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After a lot of hard work from the Neighbourhood Group and the Weekend Resource, the rear garden has been producing some wonderful food.

So far the groups have used courgettes, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, peas and rhubarb. The carrots, tomatoes and potatoes should be next on the dinner plates with broad beans still growing well. The final crop will be sweetcorn; the cobs are growing well, but with the best of the summer behind us, the race to get them ripened is on!

The side garden has also yielded some soft fruit; redcurrants and gooseberries with blueberries still ripening on the bush. It’s been a great first year for the new garden… we look forward to next year!

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Neighbourhood Group Palace Visit

Jun 15 2017
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The Neighbourhood Group went to visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse not once but twice last week. They had tea and biscuits and a guided tour of the many rooms and gardens.

The Tuesday group endured torrential rain to get there, but agreed that it was well worth it. The Friday group travelled in style and even managed to get a picture with the PEP bus at the palace entrance!

Both groups had a lovely time and would like thank Neepa Patel at the Royal Collection Trust who organised these trips.

PEP’s Garden Takes Shape

May 09 2017
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Espe from the ‘Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust’, paid PEP several visits this week to start the planting up of the office side garden. The Neighbourhood Group helped out, choosing areas, digging holes and planting a selection of currants, blueberries and herbs. They also filled the upcycled hanging baskets preparing them for planting. The Weekend Resource joined in too and helped Espe fill the recycled tyre planters with rhubarb, strawberries and carrots.

Amazingly, the weather stayed lovely for the full week making sure the most was made of everyone’s time in the garden. Thanks Espe!

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Walking Group’s Sights of Spring

Apr 24 2017
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The Neighbourhood Group have been busy getting out and about and enjoying the nicer spring time weather.

Recent visits have included Leith Links and Lauriston Castle and have allowed the group to indulge in a bit of dog and bird watching on the way! They also had time to admire the amazing daffodil displays around the grounds of Lauriston Castle

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Garden Makeover at PEP

Feb 02 2017
Community GardenNeighbourhood GroupWeekend Resource

PEP’s sensory garden at the rear of the office has always been a favourite spot for people to sit out at and enjoy the famous elusive Scottish sun. But over the years the garden has become more and more wild, with large plants taking over and ivy covering half of the area!

We were delighted then that the PEP Neighbourhood group’s continued working partnership with ‘Edinburgh Lothian Greenspace Trust’ has culminated in the Trust providing funding for the garden to have a complete makeover.

The Trust employed contractors to come in and completely redesign the space, with input from PEP service users, volunteers and staff. The three contractors wasted no time in getting to work and digging out all the old established plants and readying the ground. New steps were built with a path to access the upper levels of the gardens and fabulous planters have been created from old tyres; not only for recycling, but also to enable people with all abilities to get involved in gardening.

The team even created a foldaway work table meaning that potting can be done by the group on site and then be cleared away to make the most of the space. The side garden has also been cleared with a path created to what will be PEP’s soft fruit area.

Whilst there is still a lot of work to do, with the contractors coming back in a few weeks to continue their amazing work, the garden is already vastly different with more light and more space for gardening. Once the work is completed the Neighbourhood group will set to work to plant up the garden once again with the help of Edinburgh Lothian Greenspace Trust and the Weekend Resource will be decorating the planters to bring more colours into the space.

(Have no fear; the removed plants will all be rehomed over at the community garden!!)

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