Update of services (Covid-19)

We have reopened our office on a limited basis and expanded our hybrid approach to classes and activities. This means continuing to offer our services online, while creating more opportunities to connect in person. Check out our Timetable for details on our current activities.

Volunteering at The Welcoming

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.

Current opportunities

One-to-one befriending volunteers

We are looking for one-to-one befriending volunteers to be paired with New Scots in Edinburgh. Volunteers will share social and cultural activities with their befriendee and offer informal support with English language learning, on a one-to-one and/or group basis. Meetings often take place in the family home of the befriendee.

Online conversation group volunteers

We are looking for volunteers with some English language teaching experience who are happy to work with our online friendship groups. Volunteers need to be available either on Tuesday lunchtimes or Thursday evenings.

Apply to be a volunteer

To apply for a volunteer role, please complete the volunteer application form. For more information contact [email protected]


General volunteering information

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

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