The Weekend Club

The Weekend Club is a monthly social event for refugees and asylum seekers in Edinburgh. It was developed and set-up by Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees in 2017. Since 2021 the Edinburgh Weekend Club is led by the faith-based organisation Edinburgh City Mission.

Through the Edinburgh Weekend Club local faith communities  provide a space for people to practise their English, form social connections and get to know their new city.

Past events have included multi-cultural ceilidhs, trips to Edinburgh Castle and the zoo, community meals, baking and Burns Suppers. Funding comes from The Scottish Government and The European Union.

Each event tends to invite between 30-70 people from the refugee community alongside volunteers and guests from local faith groups.

St Cuthbert’s held an event way back in 2018, just before Easter and were delighted to be host to the first social event since Lockdown on Sunday 18th October. 8 families from the refugee community in south Edinburgh were invited, and in total 30 children and 18 adults enjoyed an afternoon of games, kite making, socialising and delicious pizza. 5 volunteers from our church community provided additional support to the Weekend Club Team, and helped to ensure a really friendly , welcoming and relaxed atmosphere was created. Although the sun did not shine, the children enjoyed venturing into the garden to “fly their kites”let off steam with the ever popular parachute before the food arrived. We intend to be involved with future events and will be looking for other helpers from our community.  More information from Wendy Pearson.