A charity is aiming to put a smile on the faces of elderly Borderers this summer.
Launched in 2001, Hearts & 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.
The Elderflowers programme has been awarded £8,475 by People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Hearts & Minds is using the money to fund ‘Elderflower Smiles’ in the region throughout this month and next – benefitting community hospitals in Kelso, Hawick and Duns with visits for the elderly with dementia.
Magdalena Schamberger, artistic director and co-founder of Hearts & 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 Elderflowers programme visits 10 dementia units across Scotland and engages with more than 3,000 elderly people and their families every year.
Magdalena added: “We simply couldn’t do our work without the fantastic support we receive from the healthcare teams and, of course, a huge thanks goes out to the People’s Postcode Trust who have contributed the financial support we need to deliver this project.”