PEP’s Annual Christmas Party & Volunteer Awards

Dec 23 2019

PEP’s end of year party at the Queensberry Bowling Club was held this year on the 19th December.

It was a busy day with 55 people coming along for their annual Christmas meal with PEP. The afternoon started with a welcoming drink of bubbly before sitting for the meal with the food expertly prepared by PEP’s dedicated staff and volunteers. They served up the traditional Christmas meal of pate and oatcakes followed by turkey with all the trimmings and a rich chocolate gateau with cream for pudding. Mmmmm!

The entertainment was provided by Graham, whose music and song got everyone smiling. Singing was actively encouraged with everyone joining in at every opportunity… and of course dancing to the very end.

The raffle had tonnes of prizes on offer and the lovely little plants on the tables were an ever popular raffle prize.   The main raffle was for 3 hampers with an extra special large hamper to finish. They all contained a variety of food and snacks to keep the Christmas cheer going on over the holiday season.

The event was also an opportunity for PEP to recognise all the support we get throughout the year from Volunteers. This years’ ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award went to driver Jack; with the ‘Special Recognition’ award going to driver, escort and club assistant Stephen.

A special thank you must go to all the staff and volunteers who worked so hard behind the scenes in the kitchen and to all the runners getting the food on the tables for everyone to enjoy. Thank you to Graham for the music, the Queensberry Bowling Club for hosting us and providing the bar facilities, to the staff and volunteers for making the day happen and to everyone who came along.

Merry Christmas and see you all next year!



Gardening at PEP

Oct 16 2019
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As part of this year’s ‘Volunteering Matters’, PEP volunteers old and new have started the process of tidying up the front garden.

We were lucky to have Steven from ‘Russell Gardening and Landscaping’ donate some of his time to supervise the rest of the volunteers and we were delighted with the results. It’s still early days though, with lots more gardening and planting to do!

We’d also like to thank our weekend volunteer Sheila for all her hard work in creating the flowering displays which has given a wonderful splash of colour to the garden.logo Volunteering Matters

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!

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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Literacy Learners’ Farewell

Apr 03 2019

Sadly, due to the recent council funding cuts; it is with great regret that we have now closed PEP’s literacy service.

However, we went out in style and threw a party! We were delighted that so many learners were able to come along to PEP, share their stories, memories and say goodbye.

The group enjoyed the cakes, teas and coffees… one learner even brought some home-made biscuits made especially for the event. The Literacy Worker Diane and Theodora the Learning and Training Officer both said a few words about their experiences and enjoyment of working with everyone and wished everyone the best for the future.

I am delighted to say that due to the dedication of volunteer tutor Ray, the computing sessions on a Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon will be continuing.

We would like to thank everyone who have supported this valuable service and especially wish to thank all the volunteers who have helped support the learners over the years.

Thank you and farewell from the ‘Learning Corner’.

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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.  


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