Why Common Thread?

Common Thread was founded by Julie Joseph in 2004 with the belief that young people who have been disadvantaged through their life experiences deserve a place to put down roots. This allows them the space to grow, learn, develop and make positive memories. Young people are our primary focus and this belief is shared by every one of our staff members, carers and support workers.
It is our Common Thread.

Our company has grown organically as more talented people join Common Thread. Beginning with two houses, we have carefully expended our footprint into the Central Belt and Highlands of Scotland which has been an outstanding success. Common Thread now have 18 residential placements across Scotland and young people remain at the heart of all that we do.

Common Thread’s first school near Dumfries opened in 2009 and was the culmination of a dream for our founder Julie who truly believes that education is an essential element to providing exceptional childcare.

The school provided a supportive, nurturing and inclusive environment for learners who have become detached from mainstream education. The demand for inclusive education in the community led to the opening of our second school in Kilmarnock and we now strive to share our good practice with as many organisations as possible.

Meet the Team

Common Thread is a company committed to excellence and seriously improving opportunities for children in the care system. We are resolute in challenging unacceptable practice and perceptions.

Our Mission is to lead in the creation and provision of innovative healing environments for children and young people who have been hurt by trauma, abuse and neglect.