Saturday 23rd March (10am – 12 noon), Sunday 24th March (11am – 1pm)
Digital Skills for Arabic Speakers
These classes are delivered in Arabic and English and are a great way to gain confidence with using computers for email, internet, shopping, banking and creating all kinds of documents. Spaces are limited so please call the Welcoming office on 346 8577 or email [email protected]welcoming.org to book your place. 

Saturday 23rd March, Creative Space
Every Saturday, 12-4pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming
Come to Creative Space (every Saturday any time from 12-4pm) for fun and games …and this week we have a creative writing teacher between 2pm and 4pm to help us have fun with words!

Monday 25th March, Open Book Reading Group 
10am-12pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming
Join us every week as we discover new authors and stories together. This is a lovely way to meet new people and enjoy reading together. 

Monday 25th March, Employment Workshop
3-5pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming 
Drop in to Leon’s employment workshop for a chat about what support you need with your CV, interview prep or application writing. He will be able to refer you for a 1 to 1 appointment with more support.

Monday 25th March, Welcoming Women’s Cafe. Oxgangs Library
Every Monday 10.30am-12.30, Oxgangs Library 
Join us for chat and gathering at the library. Children very welcome, arts and crafts planned to keep you busy!

Tuesday 26th March, Welcoming Women’s Cafe. Wester Hailes
Every Tuesday 10.30am-12.30, Wester Hailes Library 
Join us for chat and gathering at the library. Children very welcome, arts and crafts planned to keep you busy!

Tuesday 26th March, Gym & Swim Session
3-5pm, Leith Victoria Gym & Swimming Pool
Our weekly gym and swim session has a new day! 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.

Tuesday 26th March, Games Night
Every Tuesday, 5-7pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming
Join us for our weekly games night on the 5th floor! We have a range of activities available, including table tennis, pool and a great selection of board games. 

Tuesday 26th March, at The Welcoming
3pm-5pm. Last Tuesday of each month.
Home Energy Advice Drop – In Service. Come and ask our Energy team about your bills, supplier or anything that you need help with. Bring your bills with you!

Wednesday 27th March, Scotland for Newcomers 
Museum Collections Centre. Meet at Broughton Market at 3pm. 

Wednesday 27th March, Singing Group
Every Wednesday from 7.30-9pm, at St Martin of Tours Episcopal Church on Gorgie Road

Thursday 28th March, Wee Blether
Every Thursday, 3.30-5pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming
Join our new weekly conversation activity, The Wee Blether! This is a chance to enjoy informal conversations within a small comfortable group. The session is run by volunteers Pirjo and Eva. There will be 8 spaces per week, but you don’t need to book in advance. 

Friday 29th March , Welcoming Lunch
12.15-1.15pm, 1st floor at The Welcoming
Come along to the first floor and join us for a friendly, relaxed lunch. We will have a selection of sandwiches and salads from Pret, we look forward to seeing you all there!

Friday 29th March, 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 29th  March, Employment Workshop 
2-4pm, Grd floor at The Welcoming 
Drop in to Leon’s employment workshop for a chat about what support you need with your CV, interview prep or application writing. He will be able to refer you for a 1 to 1 appointment with more support.

Friday 29th March, 5th Floor at The Welcoming.
2pm- 4pm
Joanna Cherry MP will be offering an advice surgery on Friday between 2pm and 4pm: To make an appointment for the surgery please call or email. Typically the second hour is free for walk-ins. Please make an appointment in advance email: [email protected]

Friday 29th March, The Welcoming Cinema (183 Dalry Road)
Arrival 7pm. Viewing 7.30pm

Every Day at The Welcoming, English language classes
See our timetable for all the details. 

Coming Soon!
English Cooking Sessions

We have teamed up with Fresh Start to host eight English learning cooking sessions open to all our Welcoming participants. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, practise English and improve your cooking skills!Each Wednesday morning we will be cooking a different international dish and then sitting down to eat lunch together. We will provide vocabulary flash cards, board games and most importantly, the produce to cook with! Spaces are limited so booking is essential. To secure your place, please email: [email protected] with the following information:What Wednesday(s) in April you would like to join us;Your Welcoming membership number;If you have any dietary requirements.The sessions will take place on Wednesdays between 10am and 1pm very close to The Welcoming. We will be running more sessions in May as a Wednesday Supper Club, so stay tuned for those details!

English Climate Challenge Course- Coming to us in April!
The Welcoming and Dynamic Earth are happy to announce the return of the English Language: Climate Challenge Course.
This is an interactive experience which will be held at the Dynamic Earth Learning Bases It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about climate change using state of the art facilities.
This course, first held towards the end of last year, is being run again during April 2019.  Please be sure you can attend the whole course and book your place as soon as possible as we only have limited spaces. We hope to see you with us next month!

Open Call for Creative Workshops 
Want to share your talents and skills with others and become a volunteer at The Welcoming? It’s a great way to gain new skills and give back to your community. 
We’re looking for participants who would like to host a skill-sharing workshop at Creative Space. For more info get in touch with Victoria on 0753 895 3615 or email [email protected]
You might also be interested in…
Remode Your Way: Upcycling Fashion Project, every Thursday 10am-12pm
Remode you way is back with free drop in sewing session to design and create a beautiful collection of upcycling clothing to be exhibit at the final fashion show event in April 2019.
No booking required, all levels of English and sewing are welcome!
Every Thursday 10am-1pm at Remode Collective (Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Studio G50, 36 Dalmeny Street, EH6 8RG)
For more information please contact [email protected]

Earth Hour Vigil
Saturday 30th March. 20.30hrs.
Edinburgh Extinction Rebellion (XR) and various Edinburgh interfaith members are holding a vigil during Earth Hour on Sat 30th March between 20.30-21.30 outside Edinburgh City Chambers on the High Street. 
 
A small group of handbell ringers will sound a symbolic chiming of 12, to Sound the Twelve Years as The UN IPCC 1.5 Special Report published October 2018 says rapid change is needed by 2030 – in other words – by twelve years from now.  We are encouraging the Edinburgh City Council to declare a climate emergency.
 
This will be a peaceful and orderly demonstration, in which all are welcome to participate. Please bring a candle in a jar or a torch.
What’s on at The Welcoming Saturday 23rd – Friday 29th March.