Yes and it always will be. We fund our support with the support of people who give regularly to Thistle, as well as grants from a variety of sources.
That’s OK – you don’t have to! You can decide what you think is going to work for you. We get lots of feedback from people who tell us that participating in a group course has lots of benefits they didn’t expect, like sharing tips and ideas on how to manage better, as well as making new friends and knowing you’re not alone.
If you don’t feel comfortable talking in front of a group or sharing why you’re there, that’s OK. You won’t be asked to contribute unless you want to. We will never force you or ‘put you on the spot’. The most important thing to us is that you feel welcome and comfortable.
We will to support you to be a confident and able member of our team and to keep learning and developing your skills throughout your employment. We support all personal assistants to achieve their SVQ Level 3 accreditation
Working as a Personal Assistant means flexible hours, superb training and the chance to make a real difference to someone’s life – read some of our colleagues' stories.
If you are invited to an interview, you’ll first meet with members of our supported living team. If this goes well then in the second interview, we’ll introduce you to the person you may support and/or their friends or family members. It’s important to us that the people we support are involved in the recruitment process – they have the final say on whether you’ll work with them.
An up-to-date Will ensures that your estate is distributed in the way that you wish. It is the only way to ensure that your family, friends and favourite charities are provided for correctly. Without a Will, the state decides how to split your assets. It is therefore a good idea to review your Will often to keep on top of any changes in circumstances (marriage, divorce, new family members that may come into inheritance, etc.).
Yes. Every donation we receive is used to support people with long-term health conditions in Scotland. Even 1% of your estate, after your friends and family are taken care of, will help us to carry out the vital work that we do, making a difference to people’s lives.
Although it is possible to write your own Will, it is advised that you have a qualified solicitor help you with the process. A good solicitor can ensure that all the wording in your Will is correct and that it accounts for any changes to your circumstances that may occur down the line. Without the correct wording, your Will could become invalid.
There are many solicitors to choose from and you can look at the Law Society of Scotland or call them on 0131 226 7411. We also use McClure’s, a well-established Scottish law firm that will construct your Will free of charge (0800 852 1999). They also provide half-price Powers of Attorney should you need that service.
No, you do not have to write a new Will. If your current Will still reflects most of your wishes and you simply would like to make some additions or small changes, your solicitor can help you create a Codicil, which lists minor changes or extra gifts to your original Will. It is always a good idea to regularly review your Will anyway to make sure your wishes have not been altered by a change in circumstances.
Donating to charity in your Will is often seen as a tax efficient way to give. This is because anything that you donate to Thistle is deducted from the taxable portion of your estate so you will not pay inheritance tax on your donation. For example, if the taxable portion of your estate is £10,000 and you donate 10% to Thistle, then you will only pay inheritance tax on the remaining 90% (£9,000). Also, since April 2012, any charitable donations over 10% mean that you automatically qualify for a lower rate of inheritance tax (36% instead of 40%) on the remainder of your estate.
To include Thistle in your Will, please take note of the following details:
Thistle Health & Wellbeing
Centre of Wellbeing, 13 Queen's Walk
Edinburgh EH16 4EA
Reg Charity No. SC045846