About Hearts & Minds


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

At Hearts & Minds we use professional arts practitioners who have been specially trained to use their 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 practitioners work closely with healthcare staff to ensure we deliver the appropriate visit to each individual and with teachers to help deliver the Curriculum for Excellence.

Our Clowndoctors Programme started in 1999 and we go to hospitals, hospices, respite units and special education schools across Scotland. 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 at that time was 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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Adopt a Clowndoctor

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Elderflower Buddies

Elderflower Buddies

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

20th February 2018

Hearts & Minds seek new Trustees to join their Board

Trustees We are looking for committed individuals to expand the range of Trustee skills as well as to consolidate existing skills with an eye to succession […]
19th February 2018

Take a Wee Stroll or a Mighty Stride at Kiltwalk 2018 & raise money for Hearts & Minds

Take part in one of the most popular challenge events in the calendar – Kiltwalk 2018 If you like a challenge why not fundraise for us by taking part […]
8th February 2018

Meet Suzie Ferguson, new Artistic Director of Hearts & Minds

In January we were delighted to welcome Suzie Ferguson as our new Artistic Director. Although Suzie is a well kent face at Hearts & Minds having […]