A look ahead to what’s on at The Welcoming this week…

Please note our full timetable of classes and activities will be running throughout August, however we will be closed all day on Wednesday 1st August for a staff training day

Saturday 28 July, Lindyhop at Creative Space
12-4pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming
Join us on Saturday 28th of July for some Lindy Hop dancing! As an optional activity at Creative Space, you can practice your jazz moves in a short workshop suitable for all levels.

Monday 30 July, Cycling for Newcomers
Join our monthly bike ride round Edinburgh! We will do a gentle 3 hour ride around Edinburgh, which will mainly be on cycle paths and quiet roads. This is a great chance to explore new bike routes or get used to cycling in a new city. Bikes must be booked – if you would like to book a space please email [email protected]

Monday 30 July, Braids Hills
Meet at The Welcoming at 2.30pm
On Monday 30th we’ll be doing our last walk at the Braid Hills. Come along to hear traditional stories and learn about local plants and their traditional uses. We meet there (see map) at 3.30 or at The Welcoming at 2.30.

Tuesday 31 July – please note there will be no employment sessions with Leon on Tuesday as he is on annual leave. 

Tuesday 31 July, Table Tennis Tuesday 
Every Tuesday, 5-7pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming
Join us for a game of table tennis! This is a chance to practice or have a friendly game against other participants and volunteers. We have a table top pool table and other board games available too.

Wednesday 1 August – Welcoming CLOSED
We will be closed on Wednesday 1st August for a staff training day, this means there will be no English language classes, or employment support sessions. There will however be two small trips. Meeting outside The Welcoming at 10am you can visit our allotment space, and have a chance to get involved and have a cup of tea. In the afternoon we have a very special guided tour of the Usher Hall, where you will be able to see festival shows performing. If you would like to go on this trip you will need to meet outside The Welcoming at 3pm.

*New venue*
Thursday 2 August, Gym Session
3-5pm, Leith Victoria Gym & Swimming Pool
Our weekly gym and swim session has a new venue! We will meet at Leith Victoria at 3pm (there will not be a meeting point at The Welcoming), for our workout session! Join us to use the gym, or have a relaxing swim, for just £1.

Friday 3 August, Welcoming Lunch
12.15-1.15, 1st floor at The Welcoming
Join our weekly Welcoming lunch – we have salad and sandwiches donated by Pret a Manager every week, and lots of space for you to relax with friends on our first floor.

Friday 3 August, Conversation Cafe
1.30-3.30pm, 1st floor at The Welcoming
Join us for our weekly Conversation Cafe! This is a chance to meet new people, and chat with local volunteers. Each week we will have a new topic for activities and discussion.

Friday 3 August, International Festival Opening
We’re excited it’s the beginning of the Edinburgh International Festival! Come celebrate with us in a big group outing to see their opening event. You can watch a trailer of it here. Booking is essential so get in touch.

What’s on at The Welcoming 28th July – 3rd Aug