A look ahead to what’s on at The Welcoming this week…

Saturday 21 April, Creative Space
12-4pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming 
Come to Creative Space this Saturday 12pm-4pm, for all the usual creative space activities – there’ll be drawing, painting, arts & games and a chance to play the piano!

Monday 23 April, Open Book Reading Group
10-12, 5th floor at The Welcoming 
Join our Open Book Reading Group for a chance to share good books, discover new authors and gain confidence reading with others.

Monday 23 April, Friendship Group
Every Monday, 3-4.30pm- spaces must be booked
We have a couple of spaces available for our  Friendship Group on a Monday afternoon. You must sign up for this session, and spaces are on a first come first served basis. This is a small, friendly and welcoming shared space where we will have conversation on a topic decided by participants on the day. If you are interested in attending, please email [email protected] by midday on Monday.

Monday 23 April, Focus Group: The Welcoming Sustainable Garden
5-6.30pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming 
Join us for a focus group meeting to talk about the future of the Welcoming allotment. For more info contact Chiara at [email protected]

Monday 23 April, Jogging Group
Every Monday 6-7pm, meet at The Welcoming
Do you want to meet new people, explore new places and be a bit more active? Our fun, free and friendly jogging group could be for you! This group is suitable for beginners, we will be starting slowly and building up each week. There will also be regular jogging for those who have run with us before. If it is your first time with the group you will need to register with Jog Scotland, you can do this online beforehand.

*New monthly activity*
Tuesday 24 April, Home Energy Advice 

Last Tuesday of every month, 12-1pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming 
Join us for a new monthly home energy advice session at The Welcoming. If you’ve just moved into your new flat, or need help changing tariffs, come along to speak to one of our home energy advisors.

*One off event*
Tuesday 24 April, Advice for New Tenants: A Guide to Safety Deposit Schemes

11am-12pm, 1st floor at The Welcoming
If you rent a property in Edinburgh, your deposit will be held in a safety deposit scheme. Join us for a chat with Safety Deposits Scotland from 11am-12pm: they will explain to us what deposit schemes are and you will have a chance to ask questions to an expert!

Tuesday 24 April, Table Tennis Tuesdays
Every Tuesday, 5-7pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming 
Have you been along to our Table Tennis Tuesday sessions yet? These open and self-led ping pong sessions are a great chance to meet new people, and practise a new skill.

Wednesday 25 April, Scotland for Newcomers – The Writer’s Museum
Meet at The Welcoming at 3pm or 3.45pm on Lady Stair’s Close, EH1 2PA
What do you know about Scotland’s most famous writers? Come and learn more about them at The Writers museum!

Wednesday 25 April, Welcoming Choir
Every Wednesday, 7.20-9pm, Stockbridge Parish Church, Saxe Coburg Street
After a short Easter break, The Welcoming Choir is back! If you enjoy singing and meeting new people, the choir could be perfect for you! The Welcoming Choir is an international choir, based in the heart of Edinburgh, which brings together newcomers and locals to share and learn new songs together. No experience necessary, all welcome!

Another country: Unfortunately Thursday 26th of April’s Another Country performance is cancelled. We’ll be doing more outings to shows and festivals, so stay tuned!

Thursday 26 April, Gym Session
Every Thursday, 3-5pm, Meet at The Welcoming
Did you make a New Years Resolution to be more active? We’re starting some new weekly gym sessions, which will help you discover gym facilities in Edinburgh and will be a good way to meet new people. You will need to bring £1, and wear comfortable clothes. All abilities welcome!

Thursday 26 April, Mindfulness
Every Thursday, 3-5pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming
Join us on Thursday afternoon for a beginners Mindfulness session.

Friday 27 April, Welcoming Lunch
12.15-1.15, 1st floor at The Welcoming
Join us to share a great lunch from Pret a Manager, and meet new people!

Friday 27 April, Conversation Cafe
1.30-3.30pm, 1st floor at The Welcoming
Join our weekly Conversation Cafe to practise English in an informal setting with local volunteers. Each week we have a theme or topic to base our activities around – suitable for all English levels.

Every Day at The Welcoming – English language classes
See our timetable for all the details.

Welcoming Participants Blog: Your Edinburgh
Do you have a favourite place in Edinburgh, somewhere off the beaten track? Is there somewhere in Edinburgh which makes you feel at home? We’re inviting participants to write a short piece about these places in a new feature on our website called ‘Your Edinburgh’. Our first piece has been written by Gema, about Granny Thomson’s Garden, you can read it here. If you would like to write a piece of your own, please email [email protected]

*Coming Soon*
Monday 30 April, Cycling for Newcomers
Meet at The Welcoming at 1pm
Join us for our monthly Cycling for Newcomers ride. This month we are going to cycle along the Water of Leith up to Heriot Watt campus, and back. It’s a beautiful cycle, mainly off roads, and through woodlands. If you have your own bike come and join us! If you would like to borrow a bike please email [email protected]

Recommended Events Outside The Welcoming 
ReMode Your Way – Starting April 2018
Upcycling Fashion Project for women from migrant, refugee and ethnic minority communities, with end of the year Fashion Show.
Free drop in sewing session every Thursday 10am-1pm at Out of the Blue Drill Hall (Leith)
For more information contact [email protected]

What’s on at The Welcoming, 21st-27th April