New Scots Integration Strategy

New Scots Integration Strategy

The Scottish Government, COSLA and the Scottish Refugee Council are developing a new refugee integration strategy for Scotland for the next few years. They want to hear input from our churches, organisations and community at large. This is a great opportunity to help shape the Scottish priorities in helping refugees integrate in our communities. WouldRead more about New Scots Integration Strategy[…]

A Ceilidh Success!

A Ceilidh Success!

On 1 July, Ceilidh Connections, Edinburgh City of Sanctuary, The Welcoming, and Re-Act hosted a ceilidh that brought together over 200 people, including 60 New Scots. The event also raised money to provide food in refugee camps in Europe through Refugee Community Kitchen Appeal, and to sponsor activities that promote integration of refugees in Edinburgh through theRead more about A Ceilidh Success![…]

2017 Refugee Week

2017 Refugee Week

Refugee Week was celebrated 19-25 June 2017. A wide range of events were held throughout Scotland to recognise the contributions refugees have made and are making to enrich our community. Some highlights in Edinburgh were: ‘The Art of Connection,’ a portrait exhibit of refugee faces by artist Hannah Rose Thomas shown at The Scottish Parliament. A lovelyRead more about 2017 Refugee Week[…]

Arabic for Welcoming

Arabic for Welcoming

On Saturday 17 June, St. Columba’s by the Castle in collaboration with Edinburgh University’s Alwaleed Centre hosted an opportunity to learn some basic conversational Arabic. An experienced Arabic instructor taught some basic phrases to people from several churches and organisations in Edinburgh, with the aim of making Newcomers to Edinburgh feel welcome and more atRead more about Arabic for Welcoming[…]