What we do


Hearts & Minds is a Scottish charity specialising in therapeutic clowning – a wonderful arts-in-health therapy that delivers laughter, friendship and support, with the help of a small red nose, to those who need it most.

We have two programmes of activity. Our Clowndoctors Programme supports children and young people to cope with life in a hospital, hospice or respite care setting. Our Elderflowers Programme helps people living with dementia or dementia-related conditions in hospitals and residential care homes. Through playfulness, smiles and laughter, we help all of these vulnerable people to deal with the anxiety, fear, confusion and sadness that their situations and conditions may bring.

Our Clowndoctors also engage with schools for learners with complex additional support needs, making positive connections with students and providing specialist workshops for staff, and we take the caring ethos of our Elderflowers Programme into workshops for carers and staff working with people living with dementia.

Watch the story of Hearts & Minds and the Clowndoctors and Elderflowers.

There’s so much more we’d like to tell you about Hearts & Minds!