Elderflower Smiles in the Borders

Launched in 2001, Hearts and Minds Elderflowers programme uses the performing arts to improve the quality of life for elderly people with dementia and their families in hospital care in Scotland.

Now, thanks to a funding boost of £8,475 awarded by People’s Postcode Trust, Hearts & Minds will use the money to fund ‘Elderflower Smiles’ in the Borders throughout July and August - benefitting community hospitals in Duns, Kelso and Hawick with visits for the elderly with dementia.

Magdalena Schamberger, Artistic Director and Co-founder of Hearts and Minds, said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to contribute some lightness and positivity to an otherwise potentially challenging environment, and we keep learning from the experience.”

Using specially trained practitioners, the Elderflower programme visits ten dementia units across Scotland and engages with over 3,000 elderly people and their families every year.

Schamberger added: “We simply couldn’t do our work without the fantastic support from the healthcare teams and, of course, a huge thanks goes out to the People’s Postcode Trust Trust for the financial support we need to deliver this project.”