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 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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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

26th May 2017

Dementia Awareness Week 2017

Dementia Awareness Week in Scotland is 29 May – 3 June and is a chance for everyone to help support organisations like ourselves who work to […]
16th May 2017

Read a Magical Moment of a recent visit by Dr Cous Cous & Dr Maybee

Read this wonderful Magical Moment of a recent visit by Dr Cous Cous and Dr Maybee to one of the children’s hospital wards we visit. “We […]
15th May 2017
Drs Hoot & Maybee at Crosshouse radio 3 copy

Dr Hoot & Dr Maybee take to the airwaves at Crosshouse Hospital

Patients at Crosshouse Hospital Children’s Unit had the pleasure of half an hour of nonsense, chat and even a specially composed song from Dr Hoot & […]