Our vision

Our vision is of a diverse and inclusive Scotland, where everyone feels welcome and can achieve their potential.

Our mission

We welcome New Scots to Edinburgh, build community and learn together.

We do this by:

  • Supporting New Scots to learn English, find jobs and access local services
  • Offering opportunities for friendship, sustainable living, creativity, health and well-being
  • Connecting locals and New Scots through social and cultural exchange
  • Collaborating with others to share knowledge and influence positive change

Our values

Welcoming, equality, respect, creativity and learning.

Our history

The Welcoming was started in 1999 by the Adult Learning Project Association (ALP) and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Community Learning and Development workers. It initially delivered a social and cultural integration programme to the most marginalised and isolated asylum seekers in Edinburgh.

In April 2011, The Welcoming became an independent association, and a registered charity (SC041952) and company limited by guarantee (SC398913).

Our work


Annual Review 17/18

Annual Review 16/17