March 2018 marked the end of the seventh year of the conflict in Syria. To mark this anniversary, Edinburgh Churches for Sanctuary joined with others in the city to stand in silent contemplation for seven minutes, in solidarity with those who long for peace in that land. We lit seven candles, which were extinguished byRead more about Seven minutes of silence for Syria[…]
In January 2018 Edinburgh Churches for Sanctuary received charity status in Scotland. Our charity number is SCO48090. All those involved look forward to continuing our work in welcoming, supporting and encouraging those who arrive in our city.
Have you ever wondered what you can do to help victims of war and suffering? Do you have a spare room at home? You could help by temporarily hosting a refugee or asylum seeker that has had to flee his/her home country and who would otherwise be homeless in the UK. The No Accommodation Network andRead more about Room in Your Inn?[…]
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[…]
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![…]
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[…]
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[…]
Thank you to all who joined us for the fundraising concert on 30th April, and to all those who gave such generous gifts. Donations are still coming in but our total looks to have greatly exceeded our expectation. The hugely talented Ayman Jarjour captivated the audience with a range of traditional and contemporary music for theRead more about Fundraising thank you[…]
Saturday 30th April, 7:30pm at Carrubbers Christian Centre, 65 High Street, EH1 1SR Join us for an evening of classical music in aid of the Syrian crisis. Acclaimed Syrian classical guitarist Ayman Jarjour trained in Madrid and the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and regularly performs across Europe and beyond. He will be giving hisRead more about Classical guitar concert by Syrian Guitarist Ayman Jarjour[…]
January 2016 City of Edinburgh Council has published information on ways to support those recently arrived from the Syrian crisis. The webpage details opportunities to help through various organisations and how different services are being provided. It also gives information on how families and individuals are being provided with accommodation. You can find the webpage here, Refugee Resettlement.