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.
Grassmarket Community Project
• Grassmarket Centre
• Grassmarket Café
• Grassmarket Furniture
• Grassmarket Tartan
• VOLUNTEERING & TRAINING
7 days a week - Free lunches, range of groups/activities - all free but must become members (which is free, accessible and open to everyone) - activities include gardening, art, therapies, exercise & yoga classes, hill walking & residential trips
FOR NON-MEMBERS: FREE 2 course dinner (weekly-Mondays); Pet Clinic, Haircuts, Confidential Housing & Benefits Advice every week plus FREE COMMUNITY CINEMA (every Monday)
"Established in 1967 as the first open access studio in Britain, Edinburgh Printmakers is an organisation dedicated to the practice of fine art printmaking. We are committed to providing high quality, low cost printmaking facilities for artists.
Edinburgh Printmakers’ mission is to support artistic excellence in the medium of print through inspiration, education, innovation and facilitation. We work at the cutting edge of contemporary visual art, producing critically acclaimed and engaging artwork that is key to the cultural life of Scotland.
For almost 50 years Edinburgh Printmakers has supported artists to expand the practice of fine art printmaking. At the heart of our business is the provision of a printmaking studio, a place where artists share knowledge, expertise and creativity, researching and developing excitingly fresh artwork in print. Our artist users produce wonderfully original, engaging visual arts experiences that travel to hundreds of venues throughout the UK and abroad every year benefiting the lives of thousands of gallery visitors."
Supporting Fair Trade with Palestine:
"Hadeel is a Fair Trade shop which aims to provide a sustainable source of income for craftspeople working with social enterprises in the West Bank, Gaza, as well as one in the Galilee and another in the Negev. Our work also helps to sustain infrastructures, as many of the producer groups also provide health, education and emergency services in their communities which lack any form of local government which might do this."
"With two custom-built and versatile theatre spaces, the Traverse's home in Edinburgh's city centre is a powerhouse of vibrant new work for, and of, our time. Every August, it holds an iconic status as the theatrical heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Outside the theatre walls, it runs an extensive engagement programme, offering audiences of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to explore, create and develop. Further afield, the Traverse frequently tours internationally and engages in exchanges and partnerships - most recently in Quebec, Turkey and South Korea."
New arrivals are just as likely to be entrepreneurial as established natives, and once the proverbial kitchen table is no longer the best place from which to run your new business, then TribePorty is one of a number of shared workspaces across the city that offer various and flexible opportunities for rental - see http://tribeporty.org/coworking/ for details.
When setting out on this sort of thing, a supportive community is a great help, and TribePorty offers a great 'ecosystem' - people who are facing the same sort of issues and challenges, and finding imaginative solutions for them, as you are - it's very helpful to be able to compare notes
"The Usher Hall is Scotland's only five-star concert hall hosting a range of concerts from rock, pop, classical, jazz, world and folk music. The venue has hosted concerts and events since it opened way back in 1914! A beautiful Edwardian building with a modern twist, which is well loved by performers and audiences all over the world due to its magnificent acoustics."