Meeting of Minds was formed in 2015 by a small group of like-minded and passionate mothers raising a child with additional and complex needs.
We were united in our struggle to seek local community support and answers from professional agencies in tackling the challenges we faced.
It is with pride that our reputation for dedication and hard work has grown from strength to strength every year in our local area.
We have managed to create and nurture a much-needed support network for families and carers with children who have additional and complex needs.
Our goal is to continually strive to spread the word about our ethos, provide more access to key professionals and agencies, more events to educate and inform and more opportunities to connect with others in similar situations.
We are so grateful to all the local individuals, businesses and fellow charities who have supported us throughout our journey and continue to generously donate to our cause.
Our Philosophy - C A R E
C - CONNECT
With the help of coffee and cake, we gather every few weeks in various locations to meet with similar families. We socialise, chat, share stories and strategies for living well with our children.
Once a year we facilitate an opportunity for parents and carers to meet and feedback to key professionals that represent the various services our children use: Education, CAMHS, Social Work, NHS and others.
R - RELAX
We regularly run various fun and inclusive activities for our children: dance, golf, badminton, swimming and arts with lots more to come.
E - EDUCATE
Meeting of Minds offers parents, carers and siblings events that help to "tool up" for the journey ahead, from mindfulness workshops to presentations by practicing experts in medicine, psychology and psychiatry.
"Susan and I were delighted to witness first-hand the huge difference that these gifts and the caring nature in which they were provided has made to this family; the whole dynamic and interactions were so much more positive and the clear relief that they are not alone and are cared for was so evident.
We can only thank you again for enabling us to help reach them in such a meaningful way. They hope to join with you in some activities when these resume in the future, and we will look at ways to support and enable this to happen."
Lyndsay Fairbairn - Teacher within Pupil Support -Earlston High School
"You are always there like a friend waiting in your hour of need, I don't even need to say I need you but you are there. Your support is invaluable"
"Euan would like to thank you all for his games, he (and his little brother) would like me to send you a photo which has captured them at their best this week.
These are very much appreciated we look forward to playing these tomorrow -after a very 'trying' week we have planned a hopeful fun day tomorrow with outdoor activities (incorporating home schooling & weather dependent) and games."
"I loved my 4 sessions with Jill. I wish it could have been more. It was great to talk unjudged and to be allowed to just talk and talk.
Jill gives great advice and strategies which I am going to try and keep going with!Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this. Much love"
A parent who received mental health support.
We just want to say a MASSIVE thank you for Amber's hammock that has been successfully delivered. We will take a pic and send it when it's been built, Amber can't wait to try it out.
Thank you again, means so much for Amber to have her own safe and relaxing space.