1st - 14th August
We are taking a two-week service break from Monday 1st August to Sunday 14th August☀️ There will be no activities or classes during the break. With one exception: the Community Fridge will still run on Thursdays 🍎 The office will be open during this time. Classes and activities will restart on Monday 15th August!
Starting from Tuesday 16th August: Our in-person Beginners English class on Tuesdays (10-11.30am) will be held at St Martin's Community Resource Centre. Our new in-person Beginners English class on Wednesdays (2-3.30pm) will also be held at St Martin's Community Resource Centre.
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.
Scotland for Newcomers is a free weekly outing for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Edinburgh ✨ We will meet every Saturday afternoon and explore different parts of Edinburgh. For more information contact [email protected]
Our office is now open to the public. We are open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm for visitors. Many of our classes and activities are back in person too. Dates and times for English classes and activities are on our Timetable.
We are currently supporting hundreds of Ukrainian refugees. Our experience shows that new arrivals need many things when they come to a new city, which puts additional financial pressure on our organisation. We are asking you to lend your usual kindness and donate whatever you can through our LocalGiving.
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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.