After almost two years of hard work, PEP literacy learner Stuart had the opportunity to launch his new book!
Stuart Runciman is a young man with cerebral palsy and has attended literacy sessions at PEP for many years. Stuart has always had a passion for action movies and thriller novels, so two years ago with the support of his dedicated keyworker Gerry, he decided it was time he would write his own novel.
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.
The ever popular craft classes return for the summer of 2018!
Over 4 weeks the participants created a series of cards and wall art based on words and using old scrabble boards. The final framed scrabble boards looked amazing. The last week saw the group creating more cards but this time using pressed leaves and flowers to make some beautiful greetings cards.
PEP’s Neighbourhood Group is currently open to welcome new group members. The service, for adults of all ages with mental health issues/disabilities, provides lunch and a programme of activities on Tuesdays to Fridays. Based at the PEP Centre at 3 West Pilton Park, the sessions run from 9.30am to 2.45pm.
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.
The Neighbourhood Group has brought spring to PEP early with a fantastic wall poster. Tuesday’s group created the initial collage using pictures and making tissue paper daffodils and butterflies. The piece was then put up for display in the sitting room.
The Wednesday Group then decided that it needed some ‘blinging up’; so they created an array of paper and felt flowers in the shapes and colours of snowdrops, crocus’s and tulips.
The Thursday Neighbourhood Group celebrated Robert Burns birthday in style. The table had been decorated by Elaine with tartan, heather and pictures of the Scots poet; James then kicked off the proceedings narrating the Selkirk Grace before a delicious haggis neeps and tatties lunch was served.
This year’s party at the Queensberry Bowling Club was on the 21nd December. Once again Moira and volunteers Peter and Stephen teamed up and did an amazing job of decorating the tables to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
On the 12th December the Granton Baptist Church hosted PEP’s 2017 Christmas Celebrations; the hall was packed with 125 people who came along to enjoy the festive evening.
30 dancers from the ‘Edinburgh Dance Academy’’ arrived and kicked off the evening with 8 routines. As always their dancing was amazing and they wowed the audience with their talent and inspired routines and costumes (including witches and wild animals!).