About Hearts & Minds


At Hearts & Minds 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 support needs and children who have behavioural challenges.

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

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

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

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Our News

20th April 2018

Scottish Children’s Lottery award £12,720 to Hearts & Minds Clowndoctors

We are delighted to announce that our Clowndoctor Programme has been awarded a £12,720 grant from Scottish Children’s Lottery.  This funding will go towards supporting our […]
11th April 2018

Suzie Ferguson – Healthcare Clowning International Meeting 2018

Last week, Fiona Ferrier (Senior Practitioner at Hearts & Minds) and I went to the Healthcare Clowning International Meeting in Vienna. It is a bi-annual conference […]
29th March 2018

World Autism Awareness Week

This is World Autism Awareness Week. Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they […]