Thistle Foundation

established in 1944 by Sir Francis and Lady Tudsbury

The Foundation supports people with long-term health conditions to live life on their terms. The Thistle approach (extract from their website):

At Thistle, we work with the person, not the condition, tailoring our support to the needs of every person we work with.   
The way we support people to maintain and improve health and wellbeing takes different forms but is always underpinned by the same values and the same approach.
We put the person at the centre and choose to see people as resourceful, strong and capable of change.
This support – what we call the Thistle approach – encourages change for both individuals and communities and on a much larger scale, in our wider society.

The Edinburgh location is in Craigmillar with a new Centre of Wellbeing opened in 2016. To find out more about Thistle courses and regular activities please see