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Front Garden Makeover

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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

theo_pep
Oct 17 2017
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"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’

theo_pep
Oct 04 2017
VolunteersCommunity Garden

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

theo_pep
Sep 28 2017
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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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PEP Celebrates Volunteers Week

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Jun 06 2017
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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.

THANK YOU!

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PEP Gets Out and About

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Apr 28 2017
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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

Ryan Information Station

PEP presents ‘Aladdin Christmas Showtime’

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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

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Apr 08 2016
VolunteersCommunity Garden

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

theo_pep
Nov 16 2015
Volunteers

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

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Oct 09 2015
VolunteersAwards

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.

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