Notice to The Welcoming Association staff, service users and partners

Dear all,

Please note that following the Scottish Government advice on 16th March 2020 for people to work from home where possible to help delay the spread of coronavirus, The Welcoming Association is taking a range of measures designed to ensure we continue to engage with our service users, partners and provide quality services.

With this in mind, our office 20/1 Westfield Avenue, Edinburgh will be closed from Thursday 19th March 2020 for a period until the health risk to our staff, service users and partners has reduced significantly. However, we will be cancelling all face-to-face meetings and events for the foreseeable future as a precaution, but staff will be able to contact you by phone or hold video meetings. Our service users, and partners can also contact staff by email or phone or phone number 0131 346 8577

Nature of enquiry Contact person Email address
Befriending programme Life Raluy [email protected]  
Women’s group, conversation café and Wee Blether Lizzie Sosenko [email protected]  
ESOL classes, choir David Carpenter [email protected]  
Employment, CV, interview skills David Allan [email protected]
CCF programme i.e. the Welcoming a Greener Future, gardening and food growing, home energy advice Adil Ibrahim [email protected]
  Chiara Puppi [email protected]
  Nawras Hussein [email protected]  
Health and well-being and outdoor activities Louise Turner [email protected]
Community development and event management Jon Busby [email protected]  
Suppliers, admin, invoices Corinna Bremer [email protected]  
All other enquiries, such as organisational, strategy, policy and funding Tesfu Gessesse [email protected]  

On 16th March 2020 afternoon, the First Minister also spoke about efforts nationwide to contain the spread. There is to be no non-essential travel, all work-related travel is to be cancelled for the coming weeks.

It was announced that anyone showing symptoms suggestive of coronavirus should stay at home for seven days and only contact NHS 111 or their local GP if their symptoms worsen during that period.  Members of a household where someone has suspected symptoms should stay at home for 14 days.

Please follow the latest health and travel advice, and basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching your face and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

As previously stated, should schools, childcare and caring situations change we will support staff and reprioritise and reschedule workloads to accommodate this.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Tesfu Gessesse.


The Welcoming

20/1 Westfield Avenue


EH11 2TT

E: [email protected]



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