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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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

3rd April 2017
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Magdalena Schamberger announced as speaker at TEDxQMU17

Everyone loves a TEDx talk and we are in for a treat this April when Magdalena Schamberger joins a fantastic line-up of speakers for the TEDxQMU […]
27th March 2017
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Welcome to European Federation of Hospital Clowning Organisations

Hearts & Minds are delighted to welcome members of the Board for the European Federation of Hospital Clowning Organisations (EFHCO) to Edinburgh for their next meeting. […]
28th February 2017
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Notes from the Rehearsal Room

Rehearsals are well under way! From all the material we gathered over our development weeks, things are taking shape, and Curious Shoes is beginning to emerge! […]