The Thistle Foundation
The Thistle Foundation

Charity registered in Scotland SC016816

Thistle Foundation aims to empower individuals, families and communities to maximise their potential and achieve the best possible quality of life.

If you are passionate about helping people to achieve and maintain a great life, we would welcome your application.  In return, you will have the satisfaction of working for an organisation at the cutting edge of designing individualised support arrangements that make a real difference to people's lives.


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Personal Assistants.

  • Full time or Part time
  • from £17,745
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th January 2019

istle Foundation supports people with long term health conditions to live life on their terms.

Personal Assistants.

Working as a Personal Assistant (PA) means making a difference in people’s lives by supporting them to live independently in their own homes and in their community.

What does a PA do?

  • PAs plan and provide support and direct care to people. This will be personalized according to the needs and preferences of the supported person
  • PAs assist and enable people to live their life by supporting them in their own living, working and learning environments
  • PAs work in a team supporting one or more people
  • PAs attend training and progress their career

Experience is not essential. It’s more important that you share our ethos and values and bring your full self to work. We can offer flexible hours, superb training and the chance to make a real difference to someone’s life.

We have full and part time vacancies available across Edinburgh.

If you are enthusiastic and have an enabling attitude with excellent communication skills please follow the link below and apply directly on our website.

Personal Assistants Wellbeing Support Team

We are also seeking 2 experienced Personal Assistants (Support Workers) to join the Wellbeing Support Team.

  • The Wellbeing Support Team works alongside established teams within supported living services to provide a back-up service through workforce co-ordination; ensuring that our values are embedded and that continuity of support is provided.
  • This role offers an opportunity to develop leadership and coaching skills with potential to progress within the organisation.
  • If you have experience of working with people in a person-centred way, feel you can positively contribute to a self-organised team and can demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, this could be an ideal role for you.

A certain amount of flexibility is required for this post as the shift patterns vary. There will be a requirement to be ‘on call’ at times, and an allowance is payable for this. A driving licence is desirable for this role.

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Community Fundraiser

  • Part time
  • £25,246 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 28th February 2019

This is an exciting time for Thistle and an opportunity to join our growing Development team. You will be joining us at a crucial stage of our development and this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a supportive, ambitious and friendly team that is responsible for delivering income targets and increasing brand awareness; essential tasks for the continued success of the organisation.

As we approach our 75th anniversary you will be playing a crucial role to ensure that people living with the devastating diagnosis of a long-term condition continue to receive the support they desperately need.

The main purpose of the role is to develop, deliver and grow community fundraising activity and income through supporter led activity, local groups and corporates in accordance with Thistle’s fundraising strategy.

The post holder, working as part of a team, will have a dedicated workload to support part of the organisation alongside shared responsibilities.

The post holder will play a crucial role with Thistle by growing this area of fundraising – including liaising with external bodies, fundraising donors, those we support and other stake holders.

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Fundraising & Database Officer

  • Part time
  • £21,152 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 28th February 2019

This is an exciting time for Thistle and an opportunity to join our growing Development team. You will be joining us at a crucial stage of our development and this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a supportive, ambitious and friendly team that is responsible for delivering income targets and increasing brand awareness; essential tasks for the continued success of the organisation.

As we approach our 75th anniversary you will be playing a crucial role to ensure that people living with the devastating diagnosis of a long-term condition continue to receive the support they desperately need.

The main purpose of the role is to deliver high quality, responsive support – donor communications, data entry, analysis and reporting to Thistle’s Development Team which exists to grow fundraising income and increase brand awareness. The post holder, working as part of a team, will have a dedicated workload to support part of the organisation alongside shared responsibilities.

The post holder will contribute directly to supporting the fundraising work – including liaising with external bodies, fundraising donors, those we support and other stake holders.

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Health & Wellbeing Lead Practitioner – Supported Living

  • Full time
  • £29,206
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 24th February 2019

We have a vacancy for 2 Full Time Lead Practitioners, based in Edinburgh for a fixed term of 12 months.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.

You will:

  • Lead a small number of teams delivering person centred support to a wide range of people living in their own homes.
  • Work alongside people we support to plan and create great support plans focused on what really matters to them.
  • Support teams to think creatively about all aspects of working with the people we work alongside so they have great lives.
  • Be able to provide teams with strong leadership which motivates and delivers your passion for really high standards of support. You’ll be able to provide effective coaching and also to give strong direction when required.
  • Set up new services and support the creative use of personal budgets to support people to have great lives.
  • Provide individual supervision to your staff, facilitate regular Practice Development Group meetings, and set clear objectives for all your staff.
  • Have 3 years’ experience in supporting people with disabilities, working in a person centred way, facilitating groups and ideally managing teams, together with excellent organisational and IT skills.

In return we can offer you the following:

  • A highly attractive work environment in our brand new, award winning offices.
  • Structured support and supervision from your line manager and a supportive team of peers.
  • A structured development programme including support to achieve a professional qualification if required and ongoing development with our internal leadership development programme.

Some of our other staff benefits include…..

  • a contributory pension
  • childcare voucher scheme
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a staff member recommends.
  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things,
  • money back for everyday healthcare costs,
  • a GP advice line,
  • shopping discounts.

*This membership can be extended to cover immediate family members after completion of a satisfactory probationary period.

A driving licence is essential for this role.

Thistle Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Successful applicants will be subject to a PVG check, which will be paid for by Thistle.

For an informal chat about this vacancy please contact Jackie Deans, Lynn Spence or Andrew Smith or 0131 661 3366

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Lead Practitioner: Midlothian Wellbeing

  • Part time
  • £29,206 pro-rata
  • Midlothian
  • Closing 8th April 2019

We are looking for a Lead Practitioner to support the delivery of the Wellbeing service in Midlothian. This practitioner will support a small team of Health and Wellbeing practitioners (based across practices) and provide a holistic supported self-management service for people with long term condition(s) or at risk of developing long term conditions by providing one-to-one and group support.

The main purpose of this role would be to:

To provide one-to-one and group based support for people using the Health and Wellbeing service, using a strengths based personal outcomes approach from GP practice setting.

To deliver 10 week Lifestyle Management courses as required.

Support and coach team of practitioners

To provide an outreach service for the Health and Wellbeing team to engage hard to reach clients with the service

To support volunteers/paid peer supporters who have lived experience of long term conditions and are supporting the Health and Wellbeing team.

To monitor and report on own work as per agreed monitoring tools and to highlight areas of concern and areas of success

To contribute to the organisational strategy and associated key performance indicators by participating in team meetings as required

Create meaningful and useful cross-referral links with local leaders and contacts in health, local authority, voluntary and community organisations.

Do you have a degree level qualification (or equivalent) in health and social care? Do you have a proven record of delivering services to people with physical and mental health problems who experience significant psychosocial barriers? Do you have excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentation) and group work skills? Are you able to manage multiple tasks and prioritise to deadlines? If you do, then we would like to hear from you!

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Health and Wellbeing Practitioner

  • Part time
  • £25,245 pro-rata
  • Midlothian
  • Closing 8th April 2019

We are looking for a Health and Wellbeing Practitioner to support the Wellbeing service across Midlothian. The Wellbeing service offers person centred, holistic support for people with or at higher risk of long term conditions. The Health and Wellbeing practitioners work in small teams based across GP practices in Midlothian to support a holistic supported self-management service for people with long term condition(s) and support the development of peer support within the service.

The main purpose of this role would be to :

  • Use a strengths based personal outcomes approach to help people referred to the service identify and access appropriate support for them to self-manage.
  • Manage a caseload of people referred to the service
  • As appropriate provide one-to-one and group based support for people using the Wellbeing service
  • To appropriately support people to access other services that would support their self-management journey.
  • To provide an outreach service for the Health and Wellbeing team to engage hard to reach clients with the service
  • To support volunteers/paid peer supporters who have lived experience of long term conditions into volunteer/ peer roles to support the Wellbeing team
  • To monitor and report on own work as per agreed monitoring tools and to highlight areas of concern and areas of success
  • To contribute to the organisational strategy and associated key performance indicators by participating in team meetings as required
  • Create meaningful and useful cross-referral links with local leaders and contacts in health, local authority, voluntary and community organisations.
  • To support the Wellbeing team’s work to provide timely access to the service in Midlothian.

Do you have a proven record of delivering services to people with physical and mental health problems who experience significant psychosocial barriers? Do you have excellent group work skills? Are you able to manage multiple tasks? If you do, then we would like to hear from you!

Thistle Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Successful applicants will be subject to a PVG check

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2 x Lead Practitioners (Young people and Self-directed Support)

  • Part time
  • £29,206 pro-rata
  • Thistle Centre of Wellbeing, Edinburgh
  • Closing 29th April 2019

We have two part time vacancies for Lead Practitioner posts within Thistle’s young people’s team (Thistle YP – previously ‘InterAct’). These will be based at Thistle Centre of Wellbeing, Craigmillar, with travel within Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian, and occasional travel across Scotland.

Do you want to create a more equal society, and enable young disabled people to have fulfilling, valued lives, walking shoulder to shoulder with everyone else? Thistle YP puts young people at the centre of decisions made about their lives, working alongside them to discover and progress what matters to them.

These exciting posts will play a crucial role in helping young disabled people and their families find their direction and stay on course for a life that makes sense to them after school. As part of Thistle’s new self-organised young people’s team you’ll get involved in every aspect of our work with young people. You might be alongside young people and families as an informal advocate as they navigate the system, whilst helping them to broker imaginative solutions for the future using both paid and non-paid resources. You might also be coordinating drama sessions within schools, setting up work traineeships, developing young people as ‘changemakers’ to influence change for others, or coordinating large group planning or peer support for families. You’ll have access to support to develop your skills; the team is supported by a Thistle Coach and the Thistle Hub (learning, HR, finance etc).

To get a sense of some areas of our work with young disabled people, please watch our short film at: InterAct film 2015

Some of the main responsibilities for these roles are:

  • Person centred, strength-based work with young disabled people and their families to take greater control and move into the adult life that makes sense to them
  • Collaborating with project partners to deliver a range of approaches to enable young disabled people to envisage their future direction and take greater control of their life
  • Providing informal advocacy to support young people and families to navigate social care and education systems, ensuring their voice is central to decisions made
  • Brokerage - supporting young people and families to identify, understand and access options, resources and supports (including financial) in line with their aspirations and hopes
  • Continually gather quality evaluative material and stories, and use learning both in reporting and to influence change around inclusion and opportunities for young disabled people
  • Holding an overview of all Thistle YP activities and ensuring these are planned and delivered

Some of the main tasks rotated regularly around team members are:

  • Education – manage and support partnerships with theatre company and schools across Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian. Develop relationships and work with senior and front line education partners.
  • Big Plan – liaise with schools, young people and families to recruit teams for Big Plan, coordinate and link with families throughout. Recruit and support Group Supporter volunteers. Coordinate facilities needed for plan and liaise with facilitation partners.
  • Changemaker– coordinate and develop opportunities for young people and families to contribute their lived experience to influence change for others. Identify and work with interested individuals, supporting their learning to develop confidence and ability to influence change.
  • Traineeships– coordinate with traineeship partners to provide interested young people with work opportunities on an ongoing rotational basis. Set up initial visits, link past and current participants, link with employers’ quality systems and provide ongoing additional support to participants to reflect on learning and link to their hopes for the future.
  • Families – coordinate family forum and bi-annual Support your Way sessions with partners, supporting families to access peer support and understand funding choices
  • Strategy – raise the profile of the work and influence change at local and national level. Represent the work at relevant fora, and maintain active links with local authority and third sector partners.
  • Financial sustainability – monitor project budget and spending, liaise with finance to report on a bi-annual basis. Identify ongoing funding opportunities to sustain and develop work.
  • Team development –identify training needs and plan training, organise and facilitate reflective practice, maintain contact with coach and organise team coaching meetings.

Have you worked with people in ways that are person centred, asset based and outcome focused? Do you have an understanding of health & social care systems and processes? Do you have the ability to negotiate multiple perspectives, keeping what matters to the person at the heart? Have you worked with people to access community resources, looking beyond traditional services?

If so, we would like to hear from you!

Some of our other staff benefits include…..

  • a contributory pension
  • The “Refer a Friend Scheme” which pays £150 for every successfully recruited person that a staff member recommends (this is paid once the employee has completed their 6 month probation period.
  • Free access to the Thistle Gym.
  • FREE membership* of the HSF Health Plan which gives, amongst other things (join once probationary period has completed)
    • money back for everyday healthcare costs,
    • a GP advice line,
    • shopping discounts.

Thistle Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer

The successful candidate will be subject to a PVG check which will be paid for by Thistle.

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