Welcoming Friendship connects newcomers to Edinburgh with local volunteers. The project aims to support newcomers to build increased confidence, wellbeing and integration into Edinburgh life whilst providing local people with opportunities to contribute to their community.

Newcomers and local volunteers have the opportunity to share cultures, language and friendship.

Welcoming Friendship supports newcomers who may struggle to attend The Welcoming’s wider programme of activities and classes.

“I feel more at home with a local friend”

Safia, from Sudan

Contact us

To make a referral for one-to-one befriending contact our Befriending Programme Manager: