Our Vision

A diverse and inclusive Scotland where everyone feels welcome and can achieve their potential.

Our Mission

We welcome newcomers, build community and learn together.

We do this by:

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


Welcoming, equality, respect, creativity and learning.

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Annual accounts

Staff members (as at 30 September 2018)

  • Jon Busby – Co-Director
  • Elaine Mowat – Co-Director
  • David Carpenter – ESOL Coordinator
  • Lucy Craig – Business & Communications Coordinator
  • Leon Dalton – Employability and Enterprise Coordinator
  • Nawras Hussein – Home Energy Worker
  • Adil Ibrahim – Senior Community Development Practitioner
  • Victoria Lanata Briones – Creative Arts & Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Chiara Puppi – Growing Coordinator
  • Caitlin Rodgers – Befriending Coordinator
  • Alan Tolmie – Cleaner / Caretaker / Artist
  • David Walton – ESOL Tutor / Cultural Learning and Integration Tutor

Board members (as at 30 September 2018)

  • Ana Valeria Luciani (Chair)
  • Daniel Prince (Vice Chair)
  • Martha Fleming (Treasurer)
  • Amadu Khan
  • Harish Lokhun
  • Carolyn Mance
  • Sarah Miller Ralston
  • Sarah Martin
  • Pam Mooney
  • Keith Watson

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).

Find out more at www.thewelcoming.org