The Thistle Foundation
13 Queen's Walk,
Tel - 0131 661 3366
The Thistle Foundation is a health & wellbeing charity based in Edinburgh, supporting individuals & families affected by ill health or disability. Thistle tailor their service to meet the needs of people, not stereotypes. By focusing on individuals, they promote self-management - enabling independent living through education & support.
Support from Thistle
A staggering 1 in 3 adults in Scotland is living with a long-term condition such as diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain, hypertension, ME or depression. For many, this is a devastating diagnosis. Thistle believe no-one should have to face life alone after a devastating diagnosis and no-one should have to wait for the help they desperately need.
Thistle is one of the only organisations in Scotland that welcomes and supports people whatever their diagnosis, disability or condition. Demand for Thistle’s health and wellbeing support grows each year, and now for the first time in their history have a waiting list of people who are struggling to live with their condition. With the help of fundraisers, supporters and volunteers, Thistle are able to reduce their waiting list and support more people who need them.
What Thistle Foundation offer;
Self-management programmes that concentrate on developing coping strategies to get life back on track.
Tailored courses for the needs of different groups, such as veterans and older people. Delivered in groups and through one-to-one sessions.
Personalised support packages for people to live independently in their own homes.
Volunteer training so people with lived experience of long-term conditions can deliver our work in their communities.
Thistle Foundation offer several enablement programmes designed to help people cope with periods of significant change
Young People's project
- Supports young people leaving special schools to find their path.
Our Veteran's Programme
- Works alongside veterans at any stage of life after service, to adjust to 'civvy' street.
The Thistle Shed
- A place for men, particularly veterans, to socialize & spend time on their own terms.
All support offered by Thistle Foundation is free
Bras Not Bombs
John Forman Centre
31a Hungerhill rd
Bras not Bombs is a group created to collect, distribute and fundraise for underwear and deliver it to refugee camps.
A word from the Founder - Caroline Kerr
"This group started after I read a post about a young pregnant lady who had been rescued off a boat in Lesvos. A volunteer described her frustration at not being able to find an appropriate bra for her, and that clean appropriate underwear was a real problem on the island. I then met a lady who volunteered in Turkey and told me horrific stories of very young girls who were now in camps but had been captured, tortured, raped and beaten daily. I was distraught. I needed to help. So it began, a facebook group was made, friends and volunteers invited to the group and I asked for people to send me bras and knickers.We have now sent out a few thousand bras and other underwear via vans and containers to Greece, Turkey, Syria and Dunkirk....but we need to do more."
Bras not Bombs welcome both financial support as well as goods.
Financial contributions can be given using the link on the last page of this website, alternatively you can send goods directly to Bras Not Bombs for distribution to those in need.
Welcomed donations include;
New or 'as good as' Bras
New (not second hand please), underwear for all ages
Sanitary & feminine hygiene products (not tampons though)
For more information -
Bras Not Bombs is managed as not for profit, CIC (Community Interest Company)
88 Old Street,
Tel - 0300 330 1234
Shelter help millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services. They campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to them for help.
Shelter help people in need with their expert advice and support
What Shelter offer;
Their advice and support services across the UK give people one-to-one, personalised help with all of their housing issues.
You can find expert information about everything from reclaiming your deposit to applying as homeless, and you can talk to an adviser over webchat.
Shelter's free emergency helpline is open 365 days a year and is often the first port of call for people facing a housing crisis.
Their solicitors provide free legal advice and attend court to help people who’ve lost their homes or are facing eviction.
All support by Shelter is free