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

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 August
We’re very excited to be part of this year’s Beyond Borders International Festival and would like you to join us on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th for a weekend of music, films and outdoor fun at the beautiful Traquair House! We have teamed up with Beyond Borders and are offering Welcoming participants free tickets to their Walled Garden as well as optional bus travel to go and come back on the day. Participants can also buy discounted tickets for the festival’s Main Stage activities.

We’ll be showing our film Syrian voices and spreading the word about the Welcoming and taking part in other fun activities happening on the day. For a detailed programme of the Walled Garden, click here. To book you place please email [email protected]please book by 5pm today.

Saturday 25 August, Creative Space
12-4pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming
Join us for our weekly Creative Space sessions, where we have all sorts of arts and crafts activities for you to enjoy, as well as games and music.

Monday 27 August – Cycling for Newcomers
Our monthly Cycling for Newcomers trip won’t be taking place this month, as our bikes are in need of some TLC! Join us at the end of September instead for a ride around Edinburghs beautiful cycle paths and quiet streets.

*One off opportunity*
Monday 27 August – Festival Fireworks Finale

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert marks the end of the 2018 festival season in Edinburgh. We have tickets available for the concert. If you would like to go please email [email protected] by 1pm on Monday to reserve your space. There are more detailshere.

Tuesday 28 August, Home Energy & Recycling Advice
12-1pm on 1st floor at The Welcoming
Pop by the first floor on Monday for our monthly home energy advice session! Chiara will be on hand to answer any queries and questions you might have.

*New Day*
Tuesday 28 August, 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 28 August, 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.
We are also looking for more volunteers for our weekly Table Tennis sessions. If you are interested in helping us out with the session please get in touch with Cailtin for more info ([email protected])

Wednesday 29 August – Scotland for Newcomers, Gallery of Modern Art
Meet at The Welcoming at 3pm
Join us on Wednesday for a walk along the river to the Gallery of Modern Art. We’re going to see some beautiful wildlife and then some weird and wonderful art. Meet at The Welcoming at 3pm 
or at the gallery EH4 3DR at 4pm

Wednesday 29 August, Jogging Group
6pm at The Welcoming
Are you a keen runner or want to get started? Join us for a gentle run from The Welcoming. New joggers are always welcome, please email [email protected] first to let her know you’re coming and to indicate your level.

Wednesday 29 August, Lindyhop
5.30-7pm, booking essential
We’re delighted to offer four Lindy Hop sessions to Welcoming participants! Starting Wednesday 29th August, these evening sessions will teach you the basics of this jazzy dance style. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. For information or to book you place, phone/text Victoria on 07538 953 615 or email [email protected]

Friday 31 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 every week, and lots of space for you to relax with friends on our first floor.

Friday 31 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.

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

What’s on at The Welcoming