Behind the Scenes

Apr 06 2020

While the front line staff and volunteers are visible out and about in the community, delivering food to those in need; there are others who have been beavering away in the background.

Trisha Lang, PEP’s finance officer has, for the past two weeks, been organising the buses, drivers and escorts to ensure that the meal deliveries run without a hitch! She has also been ensuring that each person involved has had access to the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) needed to perform their duties safely and effectively.

If that wasn’t enough, she’s also been making sure that the office is sanitised every morning so that those unable to work from home are in the safest environment possible under the circumstances!

Well done – you’re a star!

Remember – please ‘Stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives’

Food Project Update

Apr 02 2020

PEP is now working with ‘Scran Academy’, ‘Prep Table’ and ‘Fresh Start’ to create a Strategic Development Plan for meal deliveries; to be rolled out across the city. Currently the Scottish Government are being kept up to date on the initiative.

Our colleagues at ‘EVOC’; who support, develop and promote the work of voluntary and community organisations across Edinburgh; and our community Transport colleagues at ‘SEAG’, ‘LCTS’, ‘HC’L and the ‘Dove Centre’, are also all looking to get on-board and help in the efforts to ensure that vulnerable people from across the city and from walks of life get the food and assistance they need to see through the Coronavirus crisis.   

This Wednesday seven PEP buses were out and about delivering meals across North Edinburgh. So far the initiative has delivered an amazing 2295 meals. Well done to everyone involved!

Remember to follow Government guidelines and only travel if absolutely necessary; to protect yourselves, each other and our hardworking friends in the NHS!

Stay safe.

A Week of Deliveries

Apr 01 2020

Providing food seven days a week for 170 people isn’t easy. There’s a lot of preparation that needs to go in; and that’s not just the cooking!

PEP manager Helen Tait has been busy liaising with business and organisations across the whole area to ensure the food keeps coming. We received food donations from, amongst others, Morrison’s supermarket, TKMax and Greggs. This food was all delivered to Scran academy with their professional chef and excellent kitchen facilities for preparation in a safe and controlled environment.

But it’s not just food we need. Morrison’s have donated paper bags so that the food can be transported individually to each household. Boots have donated facemasks so that the workers delivering the food remain safe.

So if you see a PEP bus drive by; give it a wave! In this time of need we thank everyone for their time, efforts and donations and would like to remind people to:

‘Stay at home wherever possible; to stay safe and help the NHS’

North Edinburgh Food Deliveries Continue

Mar 31 2020

PEP is continuing to work with catering social enterprise; ‘Scran Academy’ and ‘Prep Table’ and ethical food provider ‘Union of Genius’ (UofG) to ensure that hot healthy and safe food is provided to people most at risk during the Coronavirus outbreak.

On Friday, PEP drivers collected food from UofG to take to Scran Academy for packaging into individual meals. These meals were then collected by PEP staff and volunteer drivers and handed out to local people in the community with the help of our staff and volunteer passenger assistants….. only this time our cargo wasn’t people but delicious food.  

During the last week this important service has provided over 1000 meals to those most in need! Well done to everyone involved.

A huge thank you to the local shops and businesses who have donated food and equipment to us to enable the meals to keep coming!


Staff changes at PEP

Aug 02 2019

It was with great regret that in July PEP said a fond farewell to Elaine Anderson.

Elaine had been the volunteer co-ordinator at PEP since January 2014. During that time she brought on-board many volunteers and even took the time to appear in some of PEP’s Christmas shows. She was well liked and respected by staff, volunteers and service users alike.

She will be missed and we wish her all the best in her new job.

We would also like to welcome on-board two new members of staff who have come on board as drivers. Paul Wyllie, started in April and Karen George joined us in June. Welcome to the team!

Panto Time a Huge Success

Dec 20 2018
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On the 13th December the Granton Baptist Church hosted PEP’s 2018 Christmas show; the hall was packed with up to 140 people who came along to enjoy the festive evening.

Dancers from the ‘Edinburgh Dance Academy’ kicked off the evening with a variety of routines. Their dancing was amazing and the girls and boys wowed the audience with their talent and inspired routines and costumes. They are always a delight to watch!

Next up were the ‘Cheyne Gang’. The Cheyne Gang is a community singing group based in Stockbridge for people with the condition Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and other chronic lung disorders. They sung their Christmas songs beautifully and the audience all joined in!

This year’s PEP Pantomime Presentation was ‘Tales From the Arabian Nights’; a play based around the story of Scheherazade, the Persian storyteller saved from death by her wondrous stories. Again PEP’s staff, volunteers and group members took on the roles. A last minute change meant that Ryan, the Community Navigator, took on the role of the King. He was amazing and his contribution meant that the ‘show DID go on!’ The show was really funny and kept the audience laughing from start to finish.

Additional entertainment was provided by the Literacy Group’s poem and fantastic live Middle Eastern music from Chris from Duo Hyperborea. Theodora also showed her talents playing music to ‘entertain the king’. 

The evening was expertly compared throughout by Paul, PEP’s Chair of the Board. This culminated with the presentation of this year’s Volunteer awards. Charlie Marshall got the ‘Special Recognition’ award for his dedication to the Handyperson Service; while the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award went to the amazingly deserving driver Shugs McAlonie.

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, Cheyne Gang and all the staff, volunteers and service users at PEP who made the evening special!Panto1Panto2Panto3

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!

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.


Welcome to New Staff

Nov 04 2016

Welcome to Ryan and Eilidh, PEP’s newest members of staff. They have come on board to run the LOOPS North West Community Navigation Project. LOOPS (Local Opportunities for Older People) is a citywide service designed to let older people know what’s going on in their local area and to help them access the support and services they need.

Across Edinburgh the Community Navigators and teams of friendly local volunteers can support older people to find out what is on in their local area; and how best to access the support that is needed, in the way that is best for the individual.

The North West Community Navigators will be offering:
o    Information stations – Over the coming months, Eilidh and Ryan will be setting up information stations for older people to find up to date information about activities, events and services in the area.
o    A friendly face – Our friendly staff and volunteers will be there to help talk individuals through what is on offer and what might be best for them
o    Free Local LOOPS Magazines – The twice yearly magazine will be produced highlighting services and including articles and features on local events and points of interest.
o    Home-visits – Where available and appropriate we will be offering home-visits to make it easier for people to discover the options available and decide for themselves!
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Staff Farewells

Oct 18 2016

Last week we said a fond farewell to staff member Kristy Duff. Kristy came to PEP as a student back in 2014 and never quite left!

For the last two years she worked as a mental health development worker with PEP’s Neighbourhood Group and we know the group members will sorely miss her… as of course will the rest of the staff!

We wish her all the best for the future in her new role at ‘Equal Scotland’ as a Development Officer helping to provide a range of services designed to meet gaps in the provision of Equal Rights in Scotland.

Good luck Kristy!


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