Yes and they always will be. We fund the courses 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! We run one-to-one Lifestyle Management courses as well as group sessions. 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.
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
We will try to accommodate any request to postpone an application however that will depend on places still being available. Jean Muir our administrator would advise as to whether that was possible. Jean can be contacted at Jean.Muir@thistle.org.uk
Some people attend as a team and others individually. Practitioners often tell us that having someone else in the team to bounce ideas off and to assist in reflection is helpful for embedding the approach into their specific setting. Some teams have chosen to send individuals to different geographical venues to experience the workshops or to have one person attend each quarterly cohort.Others have specifically asked individual practitioners to feedback to their team and we can provide PowerPoint slides to support the sharing of information – so it’s up to you.
The application process is designed to help practitioners identify for themselves how they will know the training has been successful. The application form and the pre-course conversation supports this process by helping people think about their personal and team outcomes from participating. To get the most from attending it is essential that participants have given this thought and can identify what success looks like to them and their team and the people they support or work with. Knowing where you want to get to in advance usually makes the journey easier and often shorter!
No, because you would need a licence for each local authority area you walk through. However, Thistle can give you text to donate cards which you can hand out and people can make a donation via their phone, with the money coming directly to Thistle. This also saves you having to carry money with you so is safer – and much lighter!
We’ll send you a T for Thistle pack which already contains posters and invitations which you can add your information. For any events we can help with materials you might need, just let us know.
This is called an incidental non-commercial lottery and these are held at non-commercial events, such as school fetes etc. At such events where any money raised is not for private gain, you can run an incidental non-commercial lottery without a licence. All tickets must be sold at the location and the draw must take place during the event, which may last more than a single day. The promoters of the lottery may not deduct more than £100 from the proceeds in respect of the expenses incurred in organising the lottery, such as the cost of printing tickets, hire of equipment and so on. No more than £500 can be spent on prizes (but other prizes may be donated to the lottery) and the lottery cannot involve a rollover of prizes from one lottery to another.
No it’s against the law as everyone must have an equal chance of winning.
Thank you for thinking of Thistle! We have sponsored events which you can take part in such as cycling, abseiling and Firewalking and are always happy to talk to you about other events which you might like to participate in either in the UK or abroad.
If you’d like to run your own event but need inspiration, please see our top tips or drop us a line outlining your idea and we’ll be in touch to help you. We have lots of experience of different types of fundraising events and are always happy to discussideas. Just phone or email us and we’ll talk it through.
Yes, as long as children are not handling the alcohol and that any being won is only handed over to an adult. It is always worth a call to your local authority though to make sure they are happy.
This year just over 94% of expenditure was spent directly on charitable activities. We value our supporters and are committed to spending your donation wisely. It will help us to plan for the future and to support more people with long-term health conditions in Scotland.
Thistle will never share your details with any other charity or organisation – you are too important to us. We hold your details on the database so that we can contact you in the way you wish to be contacted – by phone, post, text or email, any or all. If you only want our Annual Report – that is what you get. If you want to know about Events or be sent our Newsletter, or if you don’t want any contact at all – that is what we do. You control what you get and how you get it and you are free to change your mind at any time, just by letting us know. Please take a look at our Supporter Promise.
If you’re happy to leave it to us, we have a shopping list of items ranging from £5 to £2500 which show the types of things we will spend your donation on, depending on the amount. You can specify, but then we may get lots of people wishing to support one particular item or activity and it may be over-funded, whereas another may not get any funding at all.
However we do have our Local Appeals. These are items which we are specifically raising funds for. If you donate to any of these then your donation will only be spent on them and the appeal will be closed when the target is reached.
Every £1 is valued and we are grateful for whatever you can afford. You may also like to make a pledge to leave something to Thistle in your Will. You could also donate shares, or ask people to donate to Thistle instead of buying you a present for a forthcoming celebration. If you shop online you can donate to Thistle every time your shop through EasyFundraising.
If you’re happy to leave it to us, we have a shopping list of items which show the types of things we will spend your donation on, depending on the amount. We also have larger projects which need funding and would always be happy to discuss them with you and as to how you may be able to support them. You can specify yourself, but then we may get lots of people wishing to support one particular item or activity and it may be over-funded, whereas another may not get any funding at all.
We also have our Local Appeals. These are items which we are specifically raising funds for. If you donate to any of these then your donation will only be spent on them and the appeal will be closed when the target is reached. Your company name will appear on the page along with your donation unless you prefer to remain anonymous.
Contact a Payroll Giving agency such as Charities Aid Foundation or Payroll Giving to set up a scheme. You make the deductions each time you run payroll. The donation will be taken from your employees’ pay before tax but after National Insurance. Send the donations to your agency - they’ll pass them on to Thistle. Agencies may charge an administration fee. They usually deduct this from employees’ donations before they pass them to Thistle. You can choose to pay the fee, meaning the Thistle will get more money. You can deduct any costs of running the scheme from your business profits before tax.
Matched Giving as it is usually known, is a great way to increase employee engagement, by showing support for the charities they care about. It can lead to improved staff productivity and loyalty, as well as boosting an employer’s corporate social responsibility programme. Company funds used for matched giving are tax-effective and can be deducted from your organisation’s corporation tax.
The workshop is designed so that each day builds on the last and allows for practicing the skills in-between each session. We reflect on that learning on subsequent days, so it is really important that you attend the full course.
We try to have a pre-workshop conversation with as many participants as possible. The conversation supports practitioners to think about what they hope to get from coming along to the workshops and where possible helps the participants connect with the material and the facilitators prior to turning up on the day. In turn, it supports the facilitation team to know who is coming into the room and what they want from the workshop and can often guide the sessions. The conversations usually last no more than 30 minutes and are very informal.
All the workshops are participative. We learn and share with each other and invite people to get up and move about the room in order to connect with as many other participants as possible. We also have a number of exercises that involve practitioners working in pairs, triads and small groups; these include ‘role play’ and ‘real play’ where we experience some of the skills-based work first-hand.
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. Everyone at Thistle takes part in our induction training within their first few weeks of joining us and our 4 day course, ‘Life is for Living’ within six months. We also run our own courses, enhancing learning in person-centred practice, developing leadership skills and 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 – just take a look at Alan and Steve’s story.
If you are invited to an interview then you’ll initially meet with members of our supported living team. If this goes well then we’ll invite you back for a second interview, where 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.