Digital Skills for Arabic. Saturday 30th March (10am – 12 noon), Sunday 31st March (11am – 1pm)
These classes are delivered in Arabic and English and are a great way to gain confidence with using computers for email, internet, shopping, banking and creating all kinds of documents. Spaces are limited so please call the Welcoming office on 346 8577 or email [email protected] to book your place. 

Saturday 30th March, Creative Space
Every Saturday, 12-4pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming
Come to Creative Space (every Saturday any time from 12-4pm) for fun and games and of course creative activities!

Monday 1st April, Open Book Reading Group 
10am-12pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming
Join us every week as we discover new authors and stories together. This is a lovely way to meet new people and enjoy reading together. 

Monday 1st April, Employment Workshop 
3-5pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming 
Drop in to Leon’s employment workshop for a chat about what support you need with your CV, interview prep or application writing. He will be able to refer you for a 1 to 1 appointment with more support.

Monday 1st April, Welcoming Women’s Cafe. Oxgangs Library
Every Monday 10.30am-12.30, Oxgangs Library 
Join us for chat and gathering at the library. Children very welcome, arts and crafts planned to keep you busy!

Tuesday 2nd April, Welcoming Women’s Cafe. Wester Hailes
Every Tuesday 10.30am-12.30, Wester Hailes Library 
Join us for chat and gathering at the library. Children very welcome, arts and crafts planned to keep you busy!

Tuesday 2nd April, Gym & Swim Session
3-5pm, Leith Victoria Gym & Swimming Pool
Our weekly gym and swim session has a new day! We will meet at Leith Victoria at 3pm (there will not be a meeting point at The Welcoming), for our workout session! Join us to use the gym, or have a relaxing swim, for just £1.

Tuesday 2nd April, Games Night
Every Tuesday, 5-7 pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming
Join us for our weekly games night on the 5th floor! We have a range of activities available, including table tennis, pool and a great selection of board games. 

Wednesday 3rd April, Scotland for Newcomers 
Do you like money??!?! Have you ever seen £1000,000?!?
Join us on Wednesday for a trip to The Museum on The Mound to find out more about the history of money.
Meet Pirjoat The Welcoming at 3pm OR at EH1 1YZ at 3:45pmPlease be on time!

Wednesday 3rd April, The Welcoming Choir
Every Wednesday from 7.30-9pm, at St Martin of Tours Episcopal Church on Gorgie Road

Wednesday 3rd April, Welcome to Edinburgh!
1st Wednesday of every month, 12 noon- 2pm. 5th floor at The Welcoming.

Are you new in Edinburgh? Are you curious about the city, its cultural life, local services and what opportunities are out there waiting for you? Then our Welcome To Edinburgh session  might be just what you’re looking for! It is an informal, relaxed opportunity to meet new people, get to know The Welcoming and get practical, accessible information about the city, its culture and how to get involved in its activities. The session is  free and open to folk of all English levels.  Refreshments and a light lunch are provided, so please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when booking. 
For more information or to book a place please contact Victoria on 07538 953 615 or email [email protected]

Thursday 4th April, Wee Blether
Every Thursday, 3.30-5pm, 5th floor at The Welcoming
Join our new weekly conversation activity, The Wee Blether! This is a chance to enjoy informal conversations within a small comfortable group. The session is run by volunteers Pirjo and Eva. There will be 8 spaces per week, but you don’t need to book in advance. 

Thursday 4th April, Think Tank Thursday
First Thursday of every month. 12.00- 12.50pm
Share your advice and ideas on Welcoming activities- you are the experts and we want to hear from you! Everyone is welcome.

Friday 5th April , Welcoming Lunch
12.15-1.15pm, 1st floor at The Welcoming
Come along to the first floor and join us for a friendly, relaxed lunch. We will have a selection of sandwiches and salads from Pret, we look forward to seeing you all there!

Friday 5th April, Conversation Cafe
1.30-3.30pm, 1st floor at The Welcoming
Join us for our weekly Conversation Cafe! This is a chance to meet new people, and chat with local volunteers. Each week we will have a new topic for activities and discussion. 

Friday 5th April, Employment Workshop 
2-4pm, 5th Floor at The Welcoming 
Drop in to Leon’s employment workshop for a chat about what support you need with your CV, interview prep or application writing. He will be able to refer you for a 1 to 1 appointment with more support

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

Coming Soon!
English Cooking Sessions in April

Want to practise English, meet people and enjoy amazing food together? Then join us for our new Cook Club running in April! Sign up to attend as many times as you want -it’s free and open to all levels of English speakers. For more info email [email protected] or phone 07538 953 615
English Climate Challenge Course- Coming to us in April!
The Welcoming and Dynamic Earth are happy to announce the return of the English Language: Climate Challenge Course.
This is an interactive experience which will be held at the Dynamic Earth Learning Bases. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about climate change using state of the art facilities.
Please be sure you can attend the whole course and book your place as soon as possible as we only have limited spaces. For a space please email [email protected] 

We are Recruiting Volunteers….

Want to connect with new people and learn how to have meaningful conversations about what integration is and how we can celebrate and incorporate diversity in our communities? We do, and that’s why we are hosting a special weekend of activities in June 2019 where we will be playing a game called Go Deep. 

It is a game open to any group that is interested in the future of a community. It is a like a journey, where groups of people are invited to try creative approaches that will allow them to explore issues around diversity in our communities and  create collective actions and community transformations that are positive for all. This will be a chance for everyone from The Welcoming -participants, volunteers, friends and staff- to think of what challenges newcomers face when arriving to Scotland and most importantly, what we can do together to ensure Edinburgh is a welcoming place for all. To find out more about the game, pleaseclick here

At the moment, we are recruiting volunteers with an Intermediate level of English or above that want to deepen their leadership and facilitation skills by being involved in the delivery of the game. We offer you full training and support, and in return you will develop new skills and learn more about how to work with groups, be a change maker and a compassionate leader in your community.

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Remode Your Way Fashion Show: Saturday 6th April, 6-8pm
Location: Out of the Blue Drill Hall
Join us to celebrate the end of ‘Remode Your Way’ project, a year of creative textile activities.
Free Event – book your ticket

 Inspirational Women – Writing Competition

We are looking for stories (fiction and non-fiction, poetry, academic essays, anything which inspires you) about inspirational women in people’s lives, celebrated historical or political figures, and galvanizing women who have changed the world!   
Each story should be 1,000 words or less, written in English and submitted by midnight (GMT) 26th of April. The submissions should be sent to [email protected], with the entrant’s name and contact details. 

The winner will receive two free weekend passes to our Beyond Borders International Festival 2019 and a certificate signed by the judging panel. The finalists work  will also be published online and they, along with the winners, will be offered a tailoredcreative writing workshop with author and jouralist Jean Rafferty from Dove Tales at the Beyond Borders International Festival 2019, on August 24th and 25th.  

What’s on at The Welcoming. Saturday 30th March- Friday 5th April