New Safety Training for Food Delivery Drivers

Apr 13 2020

Easter Saturday was a busy day for Theodora from PEP and John from Scran Academy. They used the day to co-deliver Covid-19 Safety Training Guidelines for frontline keyworkers who will be taking on roles delivering food to people who are at health or food risk during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

So far a staggering 5631 hot ready meals have been delivered across North Edinburgh and Leith, prepared by Scran Academy and delivered by PEP drivers and volunteers. It’s been an amazing effort from everyone involved.

23 volunteers joined them from various local organisations during several ‘physically distanced’ sessions! Our thanks go out to everyone who participated; and to The Spartans Academy who hosted the event and expertly made the venue safe for the attendees.

Training while "socially distancing!"


New Buses Arrive at PEP

May 15 2019

This month PEP took collection of not one, but two new additions to the bus fleet!

Though one is still to get the PEP signage on it; they have already been out and about in the community, with our colleagues at LifeCare being the first to benefit. 

With one of our buses recently having been retired, this brings PEP’s fleet of buses back up to 11 accessible minibuses and an accessible MPV for smaller groups. The best news of all is that these buses are both available for Non D1 licence holders to hire to drive.

PEP is always on the lookout for new volunteer drivers so if you have a little time to spare and would like to give something back to the local community please give us a call! Elaine, our volunteer co-ordinator, would love to hear from you. 

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Wacky Wednesdays at PEP

Feb 28 2018

Last week it was a power cut… this week its snow and freezing temperatures! But Wednesdays are turning out to be a jinxed day of the week for PEP.

Last week a power cut occurred affecting a couple of blocks of houses at West Pilton and… the office was one of those affected. As the shutters are powered there was no way to get into the office until the power returned at nearly midday. Whilst classes were cancelled, the buses all ran and no other clubs were affected.

This week it’s the buses turn as a cold Siberian blast hits the east coast of the country. While there is some snow in Edinburgh, it’s the freezing temperatures that are causing all the problems. All the local side roads are slippy making it hard for buses to get in and out. The pavements are also treacherous and not ideal for people to be walking on.

So, sorry for any inconvenience to our many service users at PEP…and to the drivers for their 'alternate duties' but the curse of Wednesday strikes again!

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Edinburgh City Council - Get Up & Go Awards

Oct 17 2017

"PEP volunteers - Going that extra mile"

Congratulations to our volunteer Drivers and Passenger Assistants who have been presented with the Crystal Star award at this years ‘Get Up and Go’ magazine launch by Edinburgh Council. The presentation took place at Leith Theatre on Wednesday 4th October and was very well attended by lots of older people from across the whole of Edinburgh.

This Crystal Star award recognises that PEP’s transport service stands out as a vital provision for older people. The volunteers who support the service have shown that they “Go the extra mile” and really make a true difference to the lives of older people in the North West locality of Edinburgh.

This new award has been created especially this year for PEP’s volunteers by the Get Up & Go team.  The lovely Crystal Star award this year was named “Going That Extra Mile” in honour of PEP’s transport volunteers.

It is great that our volunteers are recognised in this way as they so kindly give of their free time to help others and to support the local community.Get up and go 1

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Congratulations to them all. 

PEP’s Buses Vandalised… Twice!

Nov 23 2016

Back on the 17th of November PEP’s drivers arrived at the bus fleet at Morrison’s car park to discover that 2 vehicles had been vandalised. One bus had both back doors smashed in and the works van, vital for the gardening and decorating service, had its front windscreen smashed.

Then less than a week later TWO MORE of PEP’s bus fleet were vandalised. This time both buses had the back windows smashed out with the large rocks used clearly on show. This senseless destruction is having a devastating knock on effect on our ability to run the transport service smoothly and affects not only PEP’s service users but also other organisations for older people who rely on the buses.

We apologise to any organisation that may have had their transport provision affected by our misfortune and are currently looking for a solution to this situation.

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PEP Needs Help

Mar 11 2016

Can you help us?

Unfortunately PEP is going to be losing its bus parking facilities round at West Pilton Place.

We need secure and accessible parking local to North Edinburgh for our fleet of 10 minibuses. If anyone knows of any organisation or business who can assist this local charity; please ask them to get in touch with PEP’s manager Helen Tait on 315 4466.

Please spread the word! Thank you.

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