Training and Development

We're committed to our learning and yours.

One of the benefits of working at Thistle is access to our fantastic training programmes.

If you join our Supported Living teams as a Personal Assistant or Wellbeing Practitioner, you'll have access to a number of courses including:

See Life Differently

In 6 three-hour sessions this course introduces newer workers to key elements of the Thistle Approach. The course is delivered by a combination of trainers, front line staff and people we support.


Person Centred Principles Into Practice

This course is designed to deepen the knowledge and person-centred practice of people who have worked at Thistle for 1-2 years.

The course is in 3 modules – Understanding Self, Coaching Conversations, and Influencing Change. Each module is 6 three-hour sessions with additional course reading and videos. Each of these modules runs twice a year.

The course also provides a foundation for staff who are required to subsequently undertake their SVQ accreditation for the purposes of SSSC Registration.


SVQ Accreditation

All Supported Living staff are required to apply for SSSC registration

Thistle will fund and support workers to achieve their SVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care qualification. On completion of the SVQ Level 3 you will more than meet your conditions of registration with the SSSC and will have secured a qualification to support your future career development.

*Please note that colleagues receive full pay for attendance at training.

If you join our Hub or Health and Wellbeing teams, you will follow a different training pathway, though will also participate in the See Life Differently course.

Get in touch

To find out more or to arrange a meeting, please contact Jean Muir (

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