Music, a quiz, a buffet and a free raffle all contributed to a fun evening to say thank you to our volunteers for all the time freely given. This year the winning quiz team was helped by George and "hearing dog" Tom two of our newest volunteers. Our thanks also go to Scottish Gas, Morrisons, Emma Hall Hair Design, Old Chain Pier, Diane Palmer and James Kay who all kindly donated raffle prizes.
Everyone at PEP would like to congratulate Tony Delahoy our volunteer board member who was among nine Scots veterans to receive France’s highest distinction of honour for their role during the liberation of France during the Second World War.
Eight of the former servicemen received the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur at a presentation ceremony on board the French navy destroyer Aquitaine docked at Leith yesterday.
MP Deirdre Brock took time out of her busy schedule to come along to North Edinburgh and visit PEP’s offices.
Helen Tait (PEP’s Manager), gave a descriptive tour of PEP’s History of service deliver with a 25 year photographic display. This was all brought to life with introductions to present staff, volunteers, time spent with the Neighbourhood Group as they made homemade soup and rolls and a chat with members of the computer class.
This year we were delighted that PEP’s Handyperson Service (part funded by the Robertson Trust) was chosen as a finalist in the Product or Service “that makes a difference” category for the annual City of Edinburgh Councils ‘Get Up & Go Awards.’
Natasha Ong came to PEP back in September 2014 as a student on a gap year placement. Whilst here she helped with every aspect of PEP’s service delivery; she volunteered as a reading buddy with the Tuesday literacy group, she assisted in delivering a class on healthy eating for the Neighbourhood group, and as a passenger escort with bus runs. At Christmas she made PEP’s panto extra special with her Grade 8 piano playing!
At the end of August 2015 four local councillors visited PEP to see a local voluntary sector organisation in action. Councillors Lesley Hinds, Gavin Barrie, Maureen Child, Norman Work, Euan Renton, (CEC, Corporate Policy & Strategy Team) and Ian Brooke from EVOC were impressed with what they saw and spoke to PEP’s manager Helen Tait and board member and Treasurer Tony Delahoy at length about PEP’s role in the community.
This month Mary Richardson reached the fantastic milestone of 100 years old and all her friends from the Chummy Club were there to help her celebrate. Ronny the entertainer came along to the Queensberry Bowling Club to help get the party started. The group enjoyed a lovely lunch prepared by Moira and the club volunteers.
At the end of July PEP said farewell to staff member Janis Fox. Janis had been with PEP for the last 14 years and started when we were still based down at Royston Resource Centre at Granton School. She had been part of the visiting service and the Weekend Resource during that time and always worked hard to make the services she provided enjoyable.
PEP’s big event for the final week of the summer programme was the summer party held as ever at the Queensberry Bowling Club. This year 66 people came along to enjoy the company, food and music on offer. As always the staff and volunteers outdid themselves in preparing the tables and the delicious buffet style lunch, so that everyone could have a great time. Pat Phelan provided the music with everyone joining in with their singing and dancing.
The final week took PEP to Perth and the Scottish Owl Centre.
Despite the rain the two busloads from PEP were in high spirits and eager to explore Perth. On arrival most of the group headed for St John’s shopping Centre where they enjoyed their lunch with a cup of coffee and visited the shops. The pedestrianised area nearby was the next place to have a wander and there were some nice local shops to discover. A good day was had by all.