The Welcoming Association
The Welcoming supports migrants and refugees in Edinburgh by providing a range of services including English language classes, employability workshops, environmental activities and social and cultural integration opportunities. Befriending makes a valuable contribution towards integration, enabling newcomers to Scotland to meet and make connections with local people, share activities together and develop friendships, helping Scotland to feel like a welcoming new home.
Information for volunteers
The Welcoming's befriending programme 'Welcoming Friendship' regularly seeks motivated, empathetic volunteers who can dedicate time and are willing to building positive and supportive relationships with newcomers to Scotland. Volunteers are supported through an induction process, and regular peer support training is provided for befrienders, to network and problem solve befriending questions or challenges.
The Welcoming also runs a number of Group Befriending activities supported by volunteers - including the weekly "Big Ideas" Discussion Group (for intermediate/advanced English speakers) on Thursdays, and women's groups. Anyone who is keen to explore volunteering to support group sessions would be most welcome to approach The Welcoming.