The Welcoming supports newcomers to Edinburgh, providing a wide range of classes and activities, 6 days a week, 50 weeks of the year.
• English language classes at all levels
• Advice and information on everyday living in Edinburgh
• Weekly Conversation Cafe
• Employability support
• Visits out and about to get to know Edinburgh and meet new people
• Home energy advice - find out how to keep cosy at an affordable price at home
• Digital skills
• Befriending opportunities
• Creative arts and health and well-being activities
Everything is free of charge and drop in! Visit www.thewelcoming.org to access the timetable and find latest details of what's on.
• Community Hub
• English Classes
• Young Mums
Tynecastle Community Wing
• Breast Feeding Support Group (Wednesday 2 - 3:30 pm)
Tollcross Community Centre
• Adult Learning Project
• Gaelic playgroup
• English classes
• Wide range of other activities
A friendly community library, with a range of activities for all ages, as well as a good selection of books. Groups for children and young people.
• Independent Baptist Church
• Scouts and Guides on Friday Evenings
• All Nations English Language Café
• Independent Evangelical Church
• Free English classes on Wednesday morning
Chatterbox conversation practice sessions are unique learning experiences that you yourself curate.
You will design your own one-hour-long conversation practice session with a native speaker in your target language.
Use this opportunity to improve your speaking and listening skills, practice in alternate dialects, and learn about the cultures and countries represented by the languages you are studying.
"Active in: Prestonfield and Kings Meadow bounded by Peffermill Road and the bottom end of Dalkeith Road.
Meet monthly to discuss local issues."
Community High School, with community education classes and excellent sports facilities, including swimming pool
"We organise and run weekly shared reading sessions for adults in the community, young adults in community programmes and the elderly in Scotland. Part of a book and a poem are read aloud during these relaxed and informal sessions, with an Open Book Lead Reader on hand to help guide the discussion. We also regularly run creative writing sessions for our readers, using the material the group is reading as inspiration to create new writing. We also arrange and fund visits by these groups to the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, linking the authors we see on the visit to the reading materials we use in our sessions. In 2015 and 2016, Open Book also presented three shared reading sessions for the public at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as a part of their workshop programme."