Food Deliveries Rolled Out

Mar 30 2020

From Friday 20th March 2020; PEP has been working hard to help out local community projects to identify individuals and distribute aid parcels and hot food to vulnerable people in the local area.

Within less than a week, we were delivering to 150 people ensuring that they had access to a hot nutrition meal for every day of the week or a food parcel.

Our thanks to all the partners including, ‘Scran Academy’ and Prep Table.

Drylaw Rainbow club’ and Low Income Families Together’ (LIFT) were able to identify those in the area who would be most in need of the service.

Our picture shows our colleague Will from ‘Scran Academy’ taking possession of a precious cargo of Stovies and Onion Bhaji’s. 

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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