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Only services that are currently available during COVID-19 are listed in the directory.

In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available.


Thistle Foundation

Covid-19 UPDATE...

We're still here for you during the COVID-19 outbreak.

We offer:

- Phone based support within 1 week of referral
- Support to complete an individualised plan to stay well
- Signposting to specialist services where needed

You can self-refer, or ask someone who supports you to refer you to or call 07552277416. Please state that this is a veterans referral so that you are directed to our veterans practitioner.

Normal service details...

Supporting Veterans is a huge part of history and it remains a key part of our work through the Lifestyle Management Course for Veterans. This 10 week course of group sessions is designed around a balance of planned discussions, safe and appropriate exercise and therapeutic relaxation.

Adjust to civvy street

Working with veterans is a key part of our work. There are many organisations that support veterans and many of them refer them on to us. We often describe our work with veterans as a bridge to other veterans' services - it doesn't matter what a veteran is going through or how many attempts it takes us to engage, we're here. Veterans help deliver the courses and understand how important it is to provide a safe space to share.

For some veterans, adjusting to civilian life can be hard. At Thistle, we provide a safe space for veterans to share experiences and support one another.
What makes Thistle different

Thistle was established to support veterans returning from the Second World War and we are proud to still be supporting veterans today.

We work with veterans at all stages of life after service - and our 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’ Programme

Our Veterans’ Programme is led by experienced practitioners, and trained volunteers. It’s a specially structured course designed to support veterans and their friends and family.

- Weekly, three-hour 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

Thistle's Shed

The Thistle Shed is a safe and relaxed place for veterans to spend their time. We've got a range of tools and materials suited for a variety of activities. You decide what to do and have a say in how The Shed runs.

Mondays 1:00pm - 4:00pm at the Garden Suite (off Queen's Walk, Craigmillar)

What’s next?

You can come in for an informal chat or we can meet you somewhere you feel safe and comfortable. If you prefer, you can give us a call. You don’t need a referral to get in touch, but you’re welcome to have someone contact us on your behalf. You’re in control.

Get in touch

To find out more or to arrange a meeting please contact:

Claire Cumming on tel: 07471 030 957 / email:


Scott Duncan on tel: 07876 035 663 / email:
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Days and Times
13 Queen's Walk, Niddrie
EH16 4EA

North East 
Contact Details
Contact Person: Claire Cumming
Contact Telephone: 07471 030 957
Contact Email:

This record was last modified on: 18 August 2020