Winter Appeal
Give the gift of a Welcoming community
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You have the power to make Edinburgh a more Welcoming place for New Scots. Donate to our Winter Appeal to support refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Edinburgh through the challenges of winter, the pandemic and building lives in a new country. Your donation will support us to keep our Welcoming community thriving throughout the winter and beyond.

Covid-19 udpdate
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The office will continue to be closed until further notice. This is following the Scottish Government's latest advice to work from home. All classes and activities will be held online until at least mid-January, when we will review the situation. Please check our website and social media for further updates.

2021 at The Welcoming: A Year in Review
2021 at The Welcoming: A Year in Review
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We look back on 2021 at The Welcoming as a year of challenge, but also as a year of opportunity – to show what we can achieve as a community. We have faced challenges to refugee and migrant rights at home and internationally, adapted our services throughout the pandemic, took climate action for our planet, and developed our approach to equality and diversity.

Volunteering announcement
Volunteering announcement
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We have now filled all our volunteer vacancies. If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact [email protected] for more information .

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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.