About Hearts & Minds

 

We are Hearts & Minds and we are a Scottish arts-in-health charity founded in 1997. We work across Scotland using the performing arts to encourage communication, interaction and laughter.

At Hearts & Minds we use professional performing artists who have been specially trained to use their arts skills and techniques to build meaningful and personal relationships with children, young people and people living with dementia to help them overcome the challenges and cope with the stresses of their illness or medical condition.

Our Clowndoctors Programme started in 1999. We visit with babies, children and young adults who have short and long term health conditions and sometimes life limiting conditions. We also work with children with complex needs and children who have behavioural challenges.

Our Elderflowers programme was launched in 2001 and is unique to the UK. The Elderflowers engage with people living with dementia in assessment units, psychiatric wards and long term care environments.

Our main aim is to improve lives one smile at a time.

We receive no statutory core funding so we fundraise all year round to raise what we need to deliver our programmes.


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Where we visit

We raise smiles across Scotland from Inverness down to the Borders.

Our Clowndoctors and Elderflowers travel across Scotland to visit hospitals, hospices, special schools and care homes.

Our News

23rd January 2017
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Professor Anne Basting delivers The Penelope Project lecture at QMU

The Penelope Project – How the arts can benefit older people who are at risk of isolation Anne Basting is a theatre artist and educator, known […]
6th January 2017
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Curious Shoes – new dementia friendly performance premieres in March

Curious Shoes tells the story of four intriguing characters on a journey from Here to There. Live music, movement and very few words bring this funny, […]
12th December 2016
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Virgin Trains East Coast raise money for Hearts & Minds

Virgin Trains East Coast are raising money for Hearts & Minds during December in their First Class Lounge at Waverley Station. They have a wonderful display […]