Hello and welcome!
We are the Welcoming staff team and together we have a wide range of skills, experience and interests – from language teaching, group facilitation and project management to sewing, singing and table tennis! We all enjoy meeting people from around the world and love the fact that every day at the Welcoming brings new encounters and adventures.
- Tesfu Gessesse – Director
- Jon Busby – Community Development and Events Manager
- Carmen Garcia de Castro – Receptionist and Admin Assistant
- David Carpenter – ESOL Coordinator
- Caitlin Rodgers – Befriending Coordinator
- Lizzie Sosenko – Women’s Cafe Facilitator
- Adil Ibrahim – Senior Community Development Practitioner
- Victoria Lanata Briones – Community Engagement Coordinator / Welcoming Arts Coordinator
- Chiara Puppi – Food Growing Coordinator
- Leon Dalton – Employability and Entrepreneurship Advisor
- Nawras Hussein – Home Energy Worker
- David Walton – Tutor (ESOL, Scotland for Newcomers and Creative Space)
- Alan Tolmie – Caretaker / Cleaner / Handyman / Artist