We call on the UK government to offer safe and legal routes to Ukrainians fleeing the conflict, as well as all others who seek sanctuary in the UK.
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.
Following the Scottish Government’s latest announcement to work from home, we are closing the office from Thursday 9th December 2021 until Monday 17th January 2022.
Edinburgh charity The Welcoming has won the Ashden Award for Green Communities. The prize was announced at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, UK, at a ceremony attended by the President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado. The Ashden Awards honour
We are excited to be involved in COP26 along with thousands of people campaigning for climate justice. Our Welcoming team will be in the Green Zone at COP26 and at the March for Climate Justice in Glasgow. Find out how you can get involved.
We are delighted to be reopening The Welcoming office on a limited basis and expanding our hybrid approach to classes and activities. This means continuing to offer our services online, while creating more opportunities to connect in person.
We are delighted to announce that three of our wonderful volunteers have won awards through Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2021. Our former Befriending Manager Life Raluy has also been commended for her work while she was with us.
We recognise that Pride month is more than a celebration. It is a time for protest and solidarity. A time for reflecting on the progress of the LGBTQIA+ rights movement and what remains to be achieved.
The Welcoming is lucky and proud to have so many volunteers. Thank you, for the 2000+ hours you offered in 2020-21. Thank you to the 58 of you who are with us now, supporting our staff and our services but above all, supporting the New Scots who are now settled here and call Edinburgh home. You are helping make Edinburgh a more welcoming place.
The Immediate Priorities Fund will provide Sainsbury’s shopping vouchers to The Welcoming Association service users who are currently unemployed, temporarily out of work or in a situation with precarious working conditions due to Covid-19.