The Welcoming will be closed for the following public holidays and service breaks throughout 2023. Public Holidays On public holidays, there will be no activities or classes. The office will be closed and staff will not be contactable. Monday 2nd
The Pyramid of Crisis: The Experience of Ukrainians in Edinburgh
The Welcoming’s Director, Tesfu Gessesse, reflects on the approach of the Scottish Government and local authorities to the crisis in Ukraine, and on the experiences of Ukrainians in Edinburgh.
Donate to The Welcoming’s Winter Appeal 2022
The Welcoming offers compassionate support to over 2,000 New Scots, including over 800 Ukrainians and 100 Afghans. Without your help, our services are at risk.
Your invitation to The Welcoming’s AGM 2022
The Welcoming’s Annual General Meeting 2022 is an opportunity for you to hear more about our work and get to know our team and board.
Welcome Packs for New Scots
The Scottish Government has produced Welcome Packs for New Scots. The packs are currently available in five languages: English, Russian, Dari, Ukrainian and Pashto.
Stay updated on The Welcoming’s latest news
We are launching a new quarterly newsletter at The Welcoming! It will include updates on The Welcoming’s events, activities and political action.
The Welcoming Volunteers Awarded Again at Inspiring Volunteer Awards
We are delighted to announce that our ESOL Teachers Team and one of our befriending volunteers have won awards through the Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2022.
The Welcoming at Refugee Festival Scotland 2022
We are delighted to be part of Refugee Festival Scotland’s programme this year! You can view artwork created by our members at the Alternative Tracks event facilitated by Distanced Assemblage, at Edinburgh Printmakers. New Scots are also invited to our cross-cultural storytelling event to celebrate World Refugee Week 2022 together.
Health and Wellbeing at The Welcoming – Announcement
The Welcoming’s health and wellbeing activities for New Scots will restart this month. Our programme supports New Scots (asylum seekers, refugees and migrants) in Edinburgh to look after their physical and mental health, and feel empowered to make personal wellbeing choices.
Why do people flee their country?
Our Director Tesfu Gessesse was asked to write for The Concept Journal about The Welcoming’s work, his personal background, and the issues faced by refugees around the world. In his article, Tesfu reflects on the UN Security Council’s involvement (or lack of) in the current wars in Yemen, Myanmar, Ethiopia and Ukraine.