About us




Our aim is to support migrants and refugees in Edinburgh, helping Scotland to benefit from the diversity, experiences and talents that they bring. Over 1000 people from 60 different nationalities join our classes and activities each year. These are all available on a free of charge, immediate start basis and include opportunities to learn English, access advice and information, discover Scottish culture, make friends, and share ideas, skills and interests.  Explore our website to see what’s on and find out how you can get involved!

Our values
Equality, Diversity, Respect, Integrity, Accessibility, Innovation, Sustainability, Unity and Welcoming.

The Welcoming was founded by ALP (the Adult Learning Project) in Tollcross (Central Edinburgh) in 2000. In December 2010, The Welcoming became an independent charity (SC041952) and later on, in May 2011 a company limited by guarantee (SC398913).

Our latest film

On Saturday 26th March 2016 we organised the Re-style Fashion Show event to celebrate one year of Welcoming A Greener Future initiatives as well as showcase the unique pieces created by the participants of the Learn to Sew up-cycling textile class from January to March 2016.