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About Us

We believe that life is for living


Our Mission We believe that life is for living. We always go the extra mile to help people with disabilities or longterm health conditions lead great, authentic lives, where they are in control. Our Vision Thistle Foundation is a boundary-pushing, pioneering organisation helping bring about a society where everyone has the right to feel involved and empowered to live the life they choose, regardless of their disabilities or health condition.

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Supported Living “My support team does things with, not for, me�

Our Supported Living focuses on choice and control. We recognise that you are the authority on your own life, and we tailor our support packages to you. If you live in your own home, or with family, we can offer a variety of levels of support, from 30 minutes per week to 24 hours a day. From assistance with running errands to more intensive help in and around your home, we are here to offer what you want.

We offer great value for money, putting your needs first. We work with you to develop a plan of support. This helps us ensure that your choices and aspirations are being met; enabling you to lead the life you want. All our staff are given comprehensive first year training that enables them to support you and others confidently and effectively. Their training and development is ongoing; this ensures a high quality responsive service that meets your needs.

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Health and Wellbeing Lifestyle Management Our Lifestyle Management Programme is designed to support people living with long term health conditions such as Parkinson’s, M.S., chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression. It is also beneficial as part of cardiac rehabilitation following heart surgery or a heart attack. The course consists of ten weekly group sessions involving discussions, exercise and therapeutic relaxation. The course is completely free of charge. We also run tailored, outcome-focused Lifestyle Management courses for veterans of all ages.

The Lifestyle Management focuses on building self-confidence and boosting self-esteem. Thistle Gym With a friendly and relaxed environment, the Thistle Gym team works alongside each member to improve their health and fitness levels, regardless of their disability or health condition. The fully accessible gym hosts a range of exercise equipment to suit all levels of fitness, and there is a range of classes to help increase energy, fitness and wellbeing. We also offer taster sessions and personalised fitness plans to help members make the most of their time at the gym.

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Complementary Therapies Our range of complementary therapies is designed to promote a sense of balance and wellbeing, boosting the body’s own healing responses. From therapeutic massage to beauty treatment our professional therapies can aid in muscle healing and relaxation for an improved range of motion. They also help with stress-related conditions and chronic pain. And from the everyday to the luxury, our range of beauty treatments includes waxing, facials, manicures and pedicures, all at competitive prices.

Garden Café Our vibrant Garden Café is a social enterprise offering delicious food as well as vital work experience for people in the surrounding area. With a fresh and tasty menu featuring organic and local ingredients when possible, the fully accessible café promotes healthy eating, with a few treats thrown in! The peaceful Community Wildlife Garden surrounding the café provides the perfect setting for our customers, as well as inspiration to train many staff and volunteers. This is one of the key features of the Garden Café, and many people have used the skills they have developed here to gain further employment.

Community Wildlife Garden A beautiful public space accessible to everyone, our Community Wildlife Garden is a place for wildlife, a place for people, and a place for inspiration and education. Offering a variety of educational projects and activities, our garden is a focal point for local children and adults. We work in conjunction with local schools and groups to run these projects, promoting outdoor activities that are environmentally constructive.

Help to focus on the positive things in life

Our garden is a focal point for local children and adults. Thistle Foundation


Training Courses

Why We Are Unique

HEC in Person Centred Approaches Thistle has designed this award-winning course that we deliver in partnership with Queen Margaret University.

The course is designed with adult learners in mind, and our team is fully committed to offering the support each participant may need to achieve their qualification.

We tailor our help and support to each individual

Person centred work recognises that each person is the primary authority on his or her own life. This type of support is tailored to the individual, and is about enabling someone to lead the life they want.

Leading Others course Our Leading Others course aims to develop confident, skilled and principled managers. It provides the next natural step for those within organisations who are being promoted or wish to be considered for promotion.

The course is aimed at anybody planning to offer truly personalised support to people at risk of exclusion. These may include older people, people living with mental health problems or learning disabilities, people who are homeless, people who have been released from prison and people living in areas of deprivation. Students will learn how to: Offer truly personalised support to vulnerable people at risk of exclusion Empower the person you support Empower yourself to deliver this support Maximise the quality of life of the person you support

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Successful participants are accredited by Queen Margaret University with 15 academic credits at level 8 of the SCQ framework. This qualification meets SSSC requirements for registration of supervisors. The six day course runs over a period of six months.

We focus on the person, rather than the disability or health condition We work side by side with people The people we support guide us We design services according to your needs, desires and goals This is what personcentred planning is all about

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How You Can Help

Take part – visit our Gym or Café Donate Volunteer Give in memory Participate in events Fundraise Give a gift-in-kind Leave a legacy And finally… Spread the word!

If you are interested in helping us, please get in touch. T: 0131 661 3366 dosomething@thistle.org.uk

Get in Touch Niddrie Mains Road Edinburgh EH16 4EA T: 0131 661 3366 F: 0131 6614879 25 High Mair Renfrew PA4 OSD T: 0141 886 3375 F: 0141 885 1484 info@thistle.org.uk www.thistle.org.uk

Company Number 24409 Charity Number SC 016816 Registered Office: Thistle Foundation, Niddrie Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4EA

Design by Eileen & Lizzie www.thecollectiveworks.co.uk All of our photos feature real Thistle people doing real Thistle things courtesy of Sam Sills at Whitedog Photography

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