Welcome to our Annual Review 16/17. The big smiles above say it all – we have had a great year! Many thanks to our funders, donors, volunteers, partner organisations and our participants – together your contributions enable amazing things to happen. This Review covers the period from October 16 to September 17. It looks at… Continue reading Welcome!

Jogging Group


What difference did we make? Our participants told us: 96% feel they have improved their English language skills 92% feel they have gained new knowledge and skills 93% feel they have improved their confidence 92% feel they have met more people and made friends 58% feel they have improved their chances of finding a job.… Continue reading Impact

Cycling along the Water of Leith


This year stands out for the opportunities we have had to grow and diversify our activities. From English lessons and employability, to singing and cycle rides, the common thread is helping newcomers to settle in Scotland and improve their quality of life here. ESOL Programme 22 classes each week from Complete Beginners to Advanced to… Continue reading Activities

Cyclists by the canal


Our participants come from a wide range of nationalities, cultures, beliefs and backgrounds. 81 nationalities from Albanian to Zimbabwean. Top Ten countries of Welcoming participants: Spain Italy Syria Poland France China Sudan Romania Brazil Hungary Gender: Age distribution: The 6 most common jobs of Welcoming participants*: * At the point of registration with the Welcoming… Continue reading Participants


Volunteers are the Welcoming! They bring dedication, compassion, enthusiasm and all kinds of skills and creativity to our work. The Welcoming Board - Volunteers providing strong governance and strategic direction 'The Welcoming is an outstanding organisation, constantly changing and developing, reflecting on demands of participants, but firmly serving its purpose. Last year was very successful… Continue reading Volunteers

Heading the ball

Next steps

'In Scotland, it's not where you come from that matters, but where we choose to go together as a nation. Diversity is strength. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister (2016) We believe that welcoming newcomers is a vital part of the process that will create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish.… Continue reading Next steps