Update of services (Covid-19)

Our face-to-face activities are temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. However, many of our activities have adapted to the situation and are now being run online. Check out our Timetable for details on our current online activities.

Volunteers are at the heart of The Welcoming and we are privileged to have an amazing community of skilled and enthusiastic volunteers who help us to run our activities and welcome New Scots to Edinburgh.


ℹ️ Due to exceptionally high levels of interest in volunteering at this time, we are not able to take any new volunteer applicants. We have also closed our volunteer waiting list for now to give us time to catch up. We will update these pages when that changes – with big thanks for your support of our work and of the New Scots who use our services.

We have been touched by the rush of heartfelt emails, messages and calls asking how you can help with Afghan refugees who will soon be New Scots. We are expecting at least 50 refugees from Afghanistan in Edinburgh soon and the best way you can help is to support our work through a monthly or single donation. We will be keeping you updated on other ways you can support Afghan New Scots through The Welcoming, but for now, donations are the best way to equip us for the journey ahead.


Please see our Volunteer Policy and our Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities.

If you have any questions or suggestions about volunteering, please email [email protected]

Volunteering opportunities (currently closed to new applicants)