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[…]

Classical guitar concert by Syrian Guitarist Ayman Jarjour

Classical guitar concert by Syrian Guitarist Ayman Jarjour

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[…]

Council information on offers of support

Council information on offers of support

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.

Scotland to welcome Syrian refugees by Christmas

Scotland to welcome Syrian refugees by Christmas

October 2nd 2015 The Convention of Scotland’s Local Authorities (COSLA) has stated that Scotland’s local authorities are committed to receiving up to 2,000 refugees from camps around Syria, with many arriving before Christmas. From COSLA’s press release of October 2nd, “COSLA today (Thursday) confirmed that Scotland’s councils stand ready, willing and able to take at least 2,000Read more about Scotland to welcome Syrian refugees by Christmas[…]

Council agree to resettle Syrians in Edinburgh

Council agree to resettle Syrians in Edinburgh

5th May 2015 The City of Edinburgh Council news blog reports: Syrian refugees who are fleeing conflict in their home country will be welcomed to Edinburgh after councillors today agreed to take part in a relocation project. Members of the Communities and Neighbourhoods Committee approved a report recommending that the capital takes part in theRead more about Council agree to resettle Syrians in Edinburgh[…]