Catholic parishes can help the homeless by providing catering teams at the Bethany Welcome Centre in Edinburgh.

It provides a welcoming, safe environment for rough sleepers in the city. Guests receive a hot meal prepared and served by groups from Christian churches from all over Edinburgh, East Lothian and West Lothian.

The number of Catholic parishes providing a catering team has grown over recent years and organisers want to encourage even more parishes to volunteers for session 2021-22.

If you can help

The Welcome Centre will run at the Haymarket Hub Hotel (EH12 5DR) from Monday 4 October to Sunday 1 May. Please email with the below information.

  • The number of nights you can offer.
  • Specific dates or nights that you would prefer, including any flexibility.
  • Availability in the festive period that you would consider (23 Dec to 2 Jan).
  • Dates that you cannot provide a team

Last session 2020/21

  • 860 individuals stayed at the Welcome Centre.
  • On average, 29 people who were new to the service stayed each week.
  • 8,403 daily access to the service across the season: an average of 41 people per day.

Find out more at or call 07919 557 673.