Veterans returning to civilian life receive boost from grant to the Thistle Foundation

A grant provided by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to the Thistle Foundation, a health and wellbeing charity based in Scotland, will help Thistle to continue and further develop its work supporting veterans adjusting to civilian life.

Over the next 12 months, the grant will allow Thistle’s Veterans’ Programme to develop three strands of its work. The charity will provide 1-2-1 holistic case management for 10 Veterans. As some people need more intensive support in starting their self-management journey, Thistle can provide this through more intensive personalised support in these 1-2-1 sessions.

Further to this, the funding will enable Thistle to continue with their Veterans Lifestyle Management courses; these remain at the core of what they deliver and underpin their support for Veterans to explore self-management at their own pace and supported by their peers. This year, Thistle will continue to offer their course on-site, and will develop this work further to also take up opportunities to run courses at other venues in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Finally, it will help Thistle to develop a new ‘Veterans Voices’ programme. A spokesman for Thistle commented: “Consultation with veterans accessing our support has told us that having their voices heard and contributing to influencing national and local policy development is something many feel there is limited opportunity to do. We are aware that veterans may need support to represent themselves well in these scenarios in order to make a contribution and influence change, and so we will explore the use of Collective voice process with our Veterans as a means of providing this support.”

For further information visit: www.thistle.org.uk