Welcoming a Greener Future



20/1 Westfield Avenue, Murrayfield, EDINBURGH, EH11 2TT
0131 346 8577
North East, North West, South East, South West


Who is the service for?
Adults, Young People (16-25), Older People, Minority Ethnic
What age range is it suitable for?
17 - 25, 26 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 65+


20/1 Westfield Avenue, Murrayfield, EDINBURGH, EH11 2TT
0131 346 8577




Funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF), our climate change project Welcoming a Greener Future aims to engage newcomers living in Edinburgh with effective action to tackle climate change.

The Welcoming a Greener Project 2020-2022, is designed to raise awareness about climate change causes and effects, promote positive behavioural changes, and generate 166 tCO2e savings through the delivery of an engaging and interactive programme of activities:

Home energy and recycling advice...

Our home energy efficiency support is focused on the Syrian families who are brought to Edinburgh as part of the UK-wide Syrian Resettlement Programme. These families are arriving directly from refugee camps and are entirely unfamiliar with local heating systems and recycling practices. We provide the families with immediate support to help them to settle comfortably and affordably in their new homes.

As part of a home energy visit we offer:

- Energy efficiency tips to lower bills
- Understanding energy bills
- Recycling more
- Submitting meter readings
- Contact energy suppliers
- Find better tariffs or switching to a cheaper energy supplier
- Financial help with energy debt – applying for grants
- Check eligibility to the £140 Warm home discount
- Set up an online account.
- Switching from prepayment meter to normal meter or smart meter.
- Help to source LED light bulbs
- Use an energy monitor to demonstrate usage
- Renewable energy advice
- Referral to other agencies for more in depth support

Food Sustainability...

Please see http://www.thewelcoming.org/activities/welcoming-a-greener-future-2.

Workshops and Climate Literacy...


As part of our workshops we offer monthly:

- Home energy efficiency, reusing and recycling workshops to raise awareness about these issues and recruit people for home energy visits.
- Food waste workshops covering topics such as: the problem with food, easy steps to a healthy low CO2 diet, buying less, cooking skills, labelling and bulk buying.
- Cookery classes to increase use of local and seasonal produce. This will also include learning opportunities to encourage less eating of processed foods, avoiding packaging and demonstrate ways to use more seasonal and local plant based foods in their diets.#

Climate Literacy

We aim to support up to 300 migrants and refugees to improve their climate literacy by engaging them with climate change discussions and learning activities within our English language classes. We do this by:

- Integrating climate change terminology, symbols, and topics into our English language classes and Conversation cafes, home energy visits, workshops and community events.
- Encouraging and supporting Welcoming teachers to use our bank of English language teaching material and resources relating to climate change.
- Run a monthly focus group to appraise the project and discuss climate change issues.
- Encourage and support our project participants to attend carbon literacy workshops run by KSB, CEMVO and other agencies

Activities currently on hold...

The following activities are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

- Community events, outings and swap shops
- Volunteering opportunities

For further information, please get in touch.

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