Thistle Foundation

Thistle is a health and wellbeing charity based in Craigmillar, supporting people with disabilities and long term health conditions, including mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety or PTSD, to live well.

Service Description

Thistle offers a range of support options to help people cope with challenges and regain control.

Options include –

  • one-to-one support
  • lifestyle courses
  • mindfulness courses
  • tai chi
  • physical activity including supported exercise sessions in Thistle’s Gym
  • a Men’s Shed
  • creative writing groups
  • lifestyle courses for veterans.

Thistle’s 10-week Lifestyle courses are led by experienced practitioners and trained volunteers, many of whom have been supported by Thistle themselves. Each weekly session focusses on a different topic such as pacing, sleep or physical activity, within a safe, supportive environment.  The course also offers the opportunity to reflect on some of the small steps you can take to make positive changes within your own life, all in the company of other people in similar situations.

Mindfulness courses have been designed to help people cope with the stresses of everyday life, and can be useful in coping with health conditions, chronic pain or anxiety and increase self-esteem, sense of coping and control.

Thistle holds drop-in sessions on Tuesdays from 2.00 – 4.00 pm, where anyone interested in accessing support can come along and speak to a practitioner.

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • People Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties


This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Agency Referral

any agency

Contact Info. & Service Address

13 Queen's Walk
EH16 4EA

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 661 3366

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.

Provider's Name: Thistle Foundation

Type: Charity/Voluntary

  Thistle is a health and wellbeing charity supporting people with disabilities, long term health conditions or facing challenging life situations to live well. Thistle has several areas of work: Thistle Health and Wellbeing, Thistle Supported Living, and Thistle YP. Thistle Health and Wellbeing supports people to cope and have control over their own lives. Working with people from all walks of life, Thistle offers a supportive environment for people to find coping strategies and solutions for challenges they face. Thistle offers a range of support options including Lifestyle courses, Mindfulness, Thistle’s Gym, supported exercise, Thistle’s Shed, creative writing groups and ladies Hobby Hut. Thistle HWB also offers support for veterans and works with local primary schools. Thistle Supported Living supports disabled people to live independently in their own homes. Thistle YP supports young disabled people moving on from special school to plan for moving on to adult life.

Services run by this provider

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 661 3366

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