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


Nov 27 2018

If you need to get out for your weekly shop

Our volunteer drivers at your front door will stop

And if your legs are weak and you walk with an aid

They will help you on the bus and they don’t want paid


They will also take care of all your decorating needs

Cut your hedge, your grass and pull up your weeds

And for those who are elderly, isolated and alone

Our volunteers will take time to visit you at home


Our trustees assist with any strategic decision

Help with policies, governance and maintaining pep’s vision

And if your literacy, English and I.T. skills are few

There’s a volunteer available to help with that too


At the day clubs the volunteers will support you to make

Everything from dream catchers to lemon drizzle cake

To go walking in the woods and to dance in the park

With their ultimate goal to bring back your spark


In addition they assist with craft classes, parties and fayres

And old Jeannie Brown says “it’s good to know that somebody cares”

And after all that giving of their valuable time

They then take to the stage in the PEP pantomime


Oh no they don’t! ………………………………….oh yes they do!


by Elaine Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator



Tony's War Time Memories

Nov 14 2018

World War Two veteran, and PEP stalwart, Tony Delahoy shared some of his war-time memories with the Edinburgh Evening News.


PEP’s Summer Party

Aug 02 2018
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This year’s party at the Queensberry Bowling Club was held in the last week of July. As usual the room was packed as staff and volunteers prepared and dished a delicious meal of salad, cold meats and chicken wings. The pudding even included some fresh summer fruits from PEP’s own garden!

As usual there was a raffle with wine, chocolates, gifts and plants. Two lucky winners also won the fantastic food hampers crammed full of goodies.

Pat made a welcome return to entertain everyone. He played music and encouraged party goers to join in the singing! There was dancing right to the end when a fleet of buses arrived to take everyone home again.  

As always we would like to say a huge thank you to the Queensberry Bowling Club for providing the venue and bar facilities and for making us feel so welcome. Thank you also to all the staff and volunteers for their hard work setting up and making the event run so smoothly and to Pat for keeping everyone entertained for the day.QBC2QBC3QBC4

Volunteer Awards 2018

Jun 14 2018

A huge ‘congratulations’ to PEP volunteer Ray Chisholm who visited the City Chambers this week to collect his Inspiring Volunteer Award.

It was presented to him by Edinburgh’s Lord Provost Frank Ross for his contribution to Volunteering.  Ray has been with PEP in his capacity as volunteer computer tutor for the last seven years. He has also supported the board in his role as a Trustee, and his support for PEP has always been second to none.

Well done Ray and thank you.  

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!

Front Garden Makeover

Nov 10 2017
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A huge well done to the Weekend Resource and gardening volunteers for all their effort in PEP’s front garden. 

The group have been working hard since August to redesign and brighten up the entrance to the PEP Centre. They have been getting rid of some of the old plants, moving some to new homes and planting new ones, including spring bulbs, feature trees and bedding plants.

Our thanks also to Volunteering Matters for their Action Earth Grant, which has allowed us to make this project happen!

Thank you

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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. 

Wildlife in Pilton ‘Hedgehog Rescue’

Oct 04 2017
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Whilst fixing up a garden border, George and his team became the saviours of a wee hedgehog. Hedgehogs don’t have good eyesight, so when an old fence was removed the posthole became a trap. The hog had been on his usual wanders through the gardens of West Pilton Street when he inadvertently fell down the hole; a hole that to him had suddenly appeared overnight.

George and Peter found the hog stranded and curled up at the bottom of the deep post hole. Armed with 2 pairs of thick gloves they carefully eased the hog out and set him down in the nearest bush to recover. George then filled the hole with stones making sure that no other animal would suffer the same mishap.

Hedgehogs are hardy little things and I’m sure other than being hungry and thirsty he’ll recover well. Remember with the autumn setting in to always check piles of leaves for hogs before burning them. Hedgehogs are a native species and important for gardens, so thanks to George and his team for helping to keep them safe.


Volunteer’s Barge Trip

Sep 28 2017

Each year we like to thank our dedicated volunteers by holding an event to say ‘thank you’; this September we booked the Re-union canal barge to go on a two hour trip from Fountainbridge to the Longstone viaduct and back.

The sun shone as we all boarded the barge, the ‘Lochrin Belle’ at 6pm and after the obligatory safety talk from the skipper telling us “if we fall overboard to just stand up as the water is not deep at all” we set off.

Once on our way, we progressed at a very leisurely pace taking in the sights of both the old and new buildings, a wee bit of wildlife and the other people enjoying the canal. A few local residents waved to us from their balconies and we all waved enthusiastically back.

The voyage was lots of fun! We even had a few volunteers and staff recreating the moment on the Titanic, where Jack and Rose stand at the bow of the ship with arms outstretched… thankfully no one fell in! 

On the return trip, there were a few willing volunteers who wanted to try their hand at steering the barge. Top marks go to our volunteer Charlie Marshall for keeping us on an even course, however someone who remains nameless, did steer us into the canal bank and a few of us who were sitting at the front were entangled in overhanging trees and bushes.  

We would like to thank the PEP's Neighbourhood Group who prepared the buffet for the evening, the crew of the ‘Lochrin Belle’ for a smooth journey and of course a big thank you to our fabulous volunteers who regularly give up their free time to help others.

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