Our work

Our work is broad and diverse, as are the people we support.

1 in 3 people in Scotland are living with one or more long-term health conditions, such as MS, arthritis, depression, chronic fatigue or PTSD. That's almost 2 million people.

We support these people to take control of their life. We do this by focusing on the person, not their disability or health condition.

We listen to what a person tells us they need and we tailor our support around that. And we work beside people until they are able to manage life without us.


Our support takes many different forms:

-      Self-management programmes that concentrate on developing coping strategies to get life back on track.

-      Tailored courses for the needs of different groups, such as veterans and older people. Delivered in groups and through one-to-one sessions.

-       Personalised support packages for people to live independently in their own homes.

-        Volunteer training so people with lived experience of long-term conditions can deliver our work in their communities.


We also support people going through difficult times in their life or going through significant periods of change:

-       Our InterAct project supports young people leaving special schools to find their path.

-       The Thistle Shed is a place for isolated older men, particularly veterans struggling to adjust to 'civvy street' to socialize and spend time on their own terms.

If you need support you can self refer. All of our support is free and it always will be.


Sharing our learning

We call our way of working 'person-centred' because it's the person, not their health condition or situation that we focus on.

We believe this 'person-centred' approach is one all health and social care practitioners should take. That's why we deliver person-centred training programmes across Scotland, pioneering the Thistle approach on a national scale.

We call these training programmes 'Thistle Learning'.

 You can find out more about the different aspects of our work by clicking on the links below.


Get in touch

To find out more about volunteering, please contact us on on 0131 661 3366 or info@thistle.org.uk.

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