We held an event to celebrate the contributions of over 60 volunteers who support asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Edinburgh 🧡 Director of The Welcoming, Tesfu Gessesse said, “Without your assistance, we would not have been able to support the 2,700 New Scots who accessed The Welcoming in the last year”.
Our office drop-in hours are 9am to 2pm. From 2pm onwards, the office is only open for afternoon classes and scheduled appointments. Reception is closed after 2pm.
We have launched a quarterly newsletter to provide you with updates on our events, activities, political action and how you can get involved.
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 cost of living crisis and building lives in a new country. Your donation will support us to keep our Welcoming community thriving throughout the winter and beyond.
Be part of a Welcoming Edinburgh
Help us to provide a place of welcome, safety and opportunity.
Free weekly English classes for New Scots.
Support with finding work, developing skills and career planning.
We offer friendship groups and one-to-one befriending for refugees and migrants in Edinburgh.
Our Community Fridge is free and open to all refugees and migrants in Edinburgh.
Activities for improving health and wellbeing, including a Wellbeing Space.
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.
Supporting refugees and migrants in Edinburgh. We provide free English classes and social activities for New Scots.