PEP Celebrates Volunteers Week

Jun 06 2017

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1st-7th June every year.

For our celebrations PEP invited some of our amazing volunteers round for a chat with Paul Wilson, PEP volunteer and Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Edinburgh and Local Councillor Eleanor Bird.

The group shared their stories of volunteering and what being part of the PEP family meant to them. They then relaxed and enjoyed a cup of tea and a bacon butty laid on by the staff!

We would like to thank all those who came along for the morning, and all our volunteers for the amazing work they do supporting PEP and its services.


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PEP Gets Out and About

Apr 28 2017

Last week PEP exhibited at a Third Sector Careers Day’ at Edinburgh College’s Sighthill Campus.

The event ‘Inspiring Young Minds for a Career in the Third Sector’ was expertly organised by Edinburgh College, Cyrenians, EVOC and Developing the Young Workforce. It brought together a variety of Third Sector Organisations from across Edinburgh to allow them to promote job and volunteering opportunities to the students at the college.

Elaine and Theodora went along and spoke to lots of interested students about the different volunteering opportunities available; and we were able to promote a few other services on the way. We’d like to thank everyone who helped to make the day a success.

Ryan and Eilidh, our LOOPS Community Navigators have also been out and about across North West Edinburgh, promoting Local Opportunities for Older People.

They can be found at different pop-up information stations across the area, but every month they regularly visit:
Blackhall Library 10am – 12noon (1st Monday of every month);
Stockbridge Library 1pm - 3pm (1st Monday of every month);
Kirkliston Library 10am – 12noon (2nd Friday or every month);
Drumbrae Library 10 - 12noon (2nd Monday of every month);

Come along, say hello and find out what is going on in your area for older people.
For more information you can check out the LOOPs website at: http://www.loopsprojects.org.uk/
email us at loops.nw@gmail.com
or just give us a call on 0131 315 4466

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PEP presents ‘Aladdin Christmas Showtime’

Dec 20 2016
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On the 15th December the Granton Baptist Church hosted PEP’s Christmas Celebrations.

This year the ever popular dancers from the ‘Edinburgh Dance Academy’’ returned to delight the audience with 5 routines. They were talented and entertaining and the younger dancers especially got the audience ‘oohing and ahhing!’

This year’s PEP Pantomime Presentation was ‘Aladdin’ with PEP’s staff, volunteers and group members taking on all the roles. Driver Ian excelled himself playing the evil baddie ‘Abanazar’ and the Guards, played by various volunteers and group members, were amazing with their comic ‘guarding’ of Sultan, George, and his beautiful daughter played by Fiona. Laughs abounded and extra entertainment was provided by the Literacy Groups poem, volunteer Justyna’s amazing piano playing and the ‘court musicians’.

We were delighted to also have Duo Hyperborea as our ‘Court Musicians’ playing Balkans and Middle Eastern Music for the evening. Their music and singing gave the evenings pantomime an authentic Eastern touch and was a fantastic musical experience for the audience.  

The evening also saw awards given to James Hosey as PEP’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’, Marion Penman for a ‘Special Recognition’ award and Mary Harrison as ‘Inspiring Volunteering’ award.
The evening ended with the raffle of 5 lovely hampers donated by the staff at Liberton Hospital and a buffet for all prepared by PEP’s dedicated staff and volunteers.

Acknowledgements: Rev. Ian Dickie and the Granton Baptist Church, The staff at Liberton Hospital, Edinburgh Dance Academy, Duo Hyperborea, Heineken UK, Neighbourly, Morrison’s Ferry Road, McKenzie & Millar and all the staff, volunteers and service users at PEP who made the evening special!

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Community Garden Makeover

Apr 08 2016
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During March, Chris Peach from ‘The Conservation Volunteers’ has headed a successive team of volunteers from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to start landscaping PEP’s community garden at West Pilton Park.

Over 6 sessions’ 65 RBS volunteers have started the redesign and redevelopment of the garden to make it more accessible. The volunteers have worked incredibly hard removing turf to lay a path from the garden entrance down to the vegetable plot. They also worked tirelessly on weeding the garden beds.
The last group of volunteers also worked on the raised beds, removing the damaged coursing and learning to re-lay the brickwork under the watchful eye of PEP volunteer ‘Shugs’.

If that wasn’t enough, the volunteers also looked at managing the sensory garden, cutting back the mature plants to allow more light into the back garden area and office itself.

Their hard work has made both garden areas more accessible and enjoyable for our service users to visit and we cannot thank them enough for their amazing hard work and diligence to the tasks. We must also give a huge thank you to Chris for setting up and managing the whole process for RBS and PEP.  We look forward to welcoming them back in the near future.

More Congratulations to Tony

Nov 16 2015

Last month Tony Delahoy received France’s highest honour the ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur’.

This month he was honoured again; this time at PEP’s AGM where he was presented with the award for PEP’s longest serving board member. Tony has diligently been PEP’s treasurer since 1990, and we all would like to thank him for his loyalty and volunteering services over the years.


Get Up & Go Awards 2015

Oct 09 2015

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.’
The award ceremony was held at the Meadowbank Sports Centre on Thursday 1st October. George took volunteers Dode and Charlie and service recipient Mr Scullion along to soak up the atmosphere, browse the stalls and enjoy a cup of tea and a scone.
Unfortunately we did not win, but came second. Despite this it was an excellent event and a great honour to be nominated. We also received fantastic feedback:
“The judges were impressed with the level of service Pilton Equalities Project handyperson service provides to older people and by the significant contribution of volunteers.
A high level of commitment from volunteers is central to the success of this organisation. Volunteers take on tasks that older people are no longer able to carry out for themselves. Feedback from recipients demonstrates how important this service is to each individual.

Farewell to Tasha

Sep 24 2015
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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!

Once her placement ended she came back as a volunteer and continued to help with the neighbourhood group. But finally her year had to end so she could go back to her final year of her Psychology degree at the University of Middlesex.

We would like to thank Tasha for all her hard work and continued dedication to PEP and wish her the best of luck for the remainder of her studies.


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