Thistle Foundation

Thistle is a Scottish charity supporting people with long-term health conditions and disabilities to live life on their terms.

Health & Wellbeing Support

Through wellbeing coaching, courses, community groups and supported physical activity, we support people to live well regardless of challenges faced.

We know that it can be difficult to adjust to life with a long-term condition.

We provide in-person and remote self-management support for people living with long-term health conditions or facing challenging life situations. We're also here for people struggling with Long Covid.

Support options include:

  • 1:1 Wellbeing coaching
  • Support to develop a wellbeing plan
  • Group-based Lifestyle Management course
  • Group-based Mindfulness course
  • Moving Well physical activity support

Lifestyle Management Course

The Lifestyle Management course is a ten week course designed to support adults who are dealing with long-term health conditions and/or difficult life situations, and who want to increase their ability to live as full a life as possible.

The course helps you gain control over your situation by making use of and building on your own coping and recovery strategies. It aims to boost confidence and self-esteem by acknowledging and celebrating the small successes you achieve along the way.

The 10-week programme consists of 10 group sessions lasting three hours with a break half way for tea and coffee. These sessions involve discussion, safe and appropriate exercise and therapeutic relaxation.

Our wellbeing teams can support you to start to think about what you are already doing to manage living with health difficulties. In the group you can continue to focus on how these “self-management strategies” can be used to help manage daily life.

Interested in support?

  • To self-refer for support, email us at or call our reception team on 0131 661 3366. You can also ask a health or social care practitioner to refer you. 

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