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

16th January 2018

Edinburgh church raises £4600 for Hearts & Minds Clowndoctor Programme

We are pleased to share the news that the congregation & friends of St Columbia’s Church, Blackhall in Edinburgh have raised a fantastic £4600 for our […]
5th January 2018

Hearts & Minds awarded £6000 grant by The Crerar Trust

We are delighted to announce that The Crerar Trust has very generously awarded Hearts & Minds a grant of £6000 in support of the Clowndoctor Programme. […]
3rd January 2018

Lucy McGreal, Senior Practitioner, shares advice on caring for people with dementia

Lucy McGreal is one of our Senior Practitioners who is currently working on a new project for the organisation funded by the BUPA UK Foundation. Hearts […]