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Skill Share


Peebles CAN has an excellent reputation for delivering community projects.  

Consultation with our volunteers has shown us we are doing great things with growing and gardening sessions, and people want to do more things in the garden, branching out into different skills.

Peebles CAN is now running "skill share" sessions in addition to growing sessions. These are held in our yurt - with woodburner on to keep it cosy and warm, with warm drinks and cake provided. The skill share events are fun and informal, a group of people chatting about something they find interesting, sharing knowledge and demonstrating. 

Previous sessions have included things like recipe swaps, fruit bush pruning, photography, chicken care and we have many ideas for more, including knitting, arts and crafts, up-cycling, DIY and IT skills. We are always keen to hear from new people what their interests are and what knowledge they have to share with others.

For UPCOMING Skill Shares - please see our home page or Facebook "Peebles CAN Skill Share"

Previous events have included:

Christmas Wreath Making

Willow Christmas Star 

These delightful festive activities using fallen foliage in a creative way. Learning how to make our own home made decorations additionally saves on the excesses of Christmas consumption – and it was great fun

During lockdown we hosted skill shares online via zoom.

To view Rosie’s New Story Run and Miriam’s Love you Clothes, see our Road to Carbon Reduction page. We are passionate about promoting carbon friendly behaviours, and would love to hear from anyone who has ideas and information to share with the community.

Staying safe online

Have you questions about the safety of your data online or how to protect your children when using the computer or playing games online? Beverly, a sergeant from the cyber crime unit in Police Scotland have answered these questions and more.

Willow weaving

We added to the existing willow structure in the community garden.

Phone photography

A fun session for beginners which helped improve our photography skills using our phone.



A very popular session hosted by a lovely high school pupil to showed everyone the basics of Instagram

Facebook and Instagram

Our lovely host helped some of our participants enter the world of Facebook.

Cyber security

Our host Ross created a fun and informative event to keep you and your family safe online.

Creative Writing

These sessions encouraged our participants to explore ways to improve their writing skills and learn simple prompts to help them write poems.  Lots of fun!

Deafblind Awareness Course

This fascinating deafblind awareness talk gave an insight into the unique issues that affect people living with sight and hearing loss

Vegetarian BBQ and Seedling swap event

Our local community enjoyed a delicious vegetarian BBQ to celebrate National Vegetarian Week. We also hosted a successful seedling swap and shared tips and tricks on growing veg in Scotland.

Eco-cleaning with essential oils

Laura Swan took us through the benefits of essential oils and how to use them in the home to replace more harmful chemical products. Our participants made and took away 2 cleaners for the home, both proving to be sustainable, natural and delicious smelling alternative.  

Mindfullness session

Michelle talked about the theory behind mindfulness and how to introduce mindfulness practices into our busy daily lives with lots of relatable examples. She provided some snacks for a mindful eating exercise and gave us plenty of ideas! 

Seed swaps - lots of like minded people sharing ideas, stories and of course seeds.

Dementia Friends awareness course - Eight new Dementia Friends were made following the interesting and insightful course led by Dementia Friends Scotland.

Sculpting with clay - for kids, ran by kids.  A successful and fun event ran by our youngest hosts yet, Isaac and Oscar.  Well done boys!!

Essential Oils - the yurt smelt wonderful, full of all the essential oils.  Laura Swan taught the magic behind each oil and the benefits they can bring to every area of your life.

Camera phone photography - our participants came away feeling inspired with lots of new knowledge on how to use the camera on their phone and about composition.

Running and nutrition - Lucy Colquhoun led a 45min trail run followed by the importance of nutrition and fitness.

Crop planning - we came together to discuss plans for the year ahead sharing valuable knowledge of what to plant and when.

All about Bees.   We had a fascinating insight into the world of bees hosted by the very friendly people from the Peeblesshire Beekeepers Association.


Festive wreath making with the lovely ladies from Peebles Flower Club. Susan, Elaine and Moria showed us how to create a beautiful fresh Christmas wreath.  It was so popular we did it twice.

Composting Discussion and Demonstration

Jan Cameron shared her experience working at Redhall Garden, Edinburgh. She lead a composting discussion full of useful information, then we went outdoors for a demonstrate - getting stuck right in to the compost heap!

All About Chickens

Local people talking about keeping chickens at homes and giving advice for anyone interested in keeping chickens themselves

Digital Skill Share

Local photographer Cat Topham will be sharing her skills to help you take better photographs on your phone and pupils from PHS will be demonstrating how to use Instagram/Strava​

Fruit Bush Pruning:

Local Lolly Ruthven showed off her 12 years experience working with fruit bushes, leading a demonstration which tidied up the community garden, answered questions and gave good tips for next years season




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Peebles CAN is a registered SCIO.  Charity No SC049387