Thistle Support for Veterans

Thistle work with veterans at all stages of life after service – and the support is shaped and delivered by veterans who have been through the course themselves and continue to support the work through volunteering.

  • Open, welcoming support, regardless of history or circumstance
  • Choose from one-to-one support, group work or both
  • Tailor-made courses, accessible gym and exercise classes

Veterans’ Courses

The Veterans’ lifestyle management courses are led by experienced practitioners and trained volunteers. It’s a specially structured course designed to support veterans and their friends and family.

  • Weekly sessions in a safe, supportive environment
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Learn to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Take control of your mood by understanding anger and recognising triggers

There are also shorter courses and workshops on specific topics throughout the year.

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • Other
    • Veterans and their families


This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 661 3366

Provider's Name: Thistle Foundation

Type: Charity/Voluntary

The Thistle Foundation support people with disabilities and long term health conditions such as mental health difficulties. 


Health and Wellbeing


Thistle offers a range of things to do to help people cope and have control over their own lives. 


Lifestyle management courses are run regularly, and can help people learn how to cope with difficult life situations. There are different types of course, including courses for veterans, exercise based courses, and nutrition focussed courses.  The courses take place at local community venues, including Thistle Foundation.


The Thistles Gym has accessible equipment and can offer supervised sessions. There are also a range of exercise classes. 



Young People 


InterAct is a project for school leavers, working across three special schools in Edinburgh and Midlothian and hosted by the Thistle Foundation.


InterAct aims to relieve young people and their families of the anxiety of leaving school, by initiating productive conversations about the future and by starting to make exciting plans within a safe and supportive environment.



Supported Living 


Thistle provide individual support in people's homes, to get out and about and to support the life you want to lead with your own tailored support plan. This service is available throughout the Central Belt. Self referrals are accepted as well as referrals from your Local Authority. 


Services run by this provider

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 661 3366

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