Winter Appeal
My City is a Refuge: Donate to support The Welcoming community in Edinburgh
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You have the power to make Edinburgh a more Welcoming place for New Scots. Donate to support refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in Edinburgh who are going through the cost-of-living crisis and building lives in a new country. Your donation will help us keep our Welcoming community thriving.

Office opening hours
Opening hours
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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.

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.

We are recruiting!
We are recruiting a Training and Employability Lead
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The Welcoming are looking for a Training and Employability Lead to join our team. £32,445 pro-rata (Actual salary is £25,235 for 28 hours per week). Fixed term to March 2027.

Stay updated on our latest news
Stay updated on our latest news
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We have launched a quarterly newsletter to provide you with updates on our events, activities, political action 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.

Donate
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 a Wellbeing Space.

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.