Refugees and migrants need your support today
Refugees and migrants need your support today
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New Scots in Edinburgh face unprecedented challenges this winter. The rising cost of living and winter fuel prices will affect everyone. But New Scots are also forced to contend with language barriers, social isolation, barriers to employment, and the trauma of fleeing conflict, poverty and inequality.

Looking for new volunteers
Looking for new volunteers
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Want to volunteer with us? We are looking for people to help with our friendship groups and Gym & Swim group! 🎉 Our Conversation Cafe, Afghan Women’s Group and Women’s Conversation Space help refugees and migrants to meet new people and make friends 💜 We are also recruiting one-to-one-befrienders.

What's on at The Welcoming
What's on at
The Welcoming
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You can view our current activities and classes on our online timetable. You can also stay updated by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

New off hours
New office hours
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From Monday 7 November, our office drop-in hours will reduce to 9am to 2pm. From 2pm onwards, the office will only be open for afternoon classes and scheduled appointments. Reception will be closed.

Evening English classes
Evening English classes
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We now offer three English classes in the evenings (6pm - 7.30pm). These classes take place at The University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square (EH8 9JU). We have a Pre-Intermediate class on Tuesdays, an Intermediate class on Wednesdays and a Beginner class on Thursdays.

Stay updated on our latest news
Stay updated on our latest news
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We are launching a quarterly newsletter to provide you with updates on our events, activities and political action. This will include information about local and national campaigns for refugee and migrant rights, and how you can get involved.

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Be part of a Welcoming Edinburgh

Help us to provide a place of welcome, safety and opportunity.

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English language

English language

Free weekly English classes for New Scots.

Employment support

Employment support

Support with finding work, developing skills and career planning.

Friendship

Friendship

We offer friendship groups and one-to-one befriending for refugees and migrants in Edinburgh.

Community fridge

Community fridge

Our Community Fridge is free and open to all refugees and migrants in Edinburgh.

Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing

Activities for improving health and wellbeing, including cycling, swimming and meditation.

Home energy advice

Home energy advice

We offer free and impartial home energy advice to refugees and migrants living in Edinburgh.  

What our participants say

The Welcoming is a kind place full of interesting people. Wonderful teachers! You can learn without being judged.

When I arrived in Scotland I didn't speak English, just 'hello', 'yes', 'no'! Now I have 2 jobs and I'm a volunteer in a charity shop! I'm more confident!

Apart from English classes, you do something more important and of value for people, something that gives joy. You help create new lives. Thank you for your work and for building new dreams, new opportunities and new beginnings.