Borderland Voices a charity promoting Health and Well-being through the Arts


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We are thrilled & proud to share the news that BV has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Elizabeth II announced this ‘MBE for volunteer groups’ to celebrate her Golden Jubilee in 2002. It was first awarded in 2003. The awards are announced annually on 2 June, the anniversary of the Coronation. Winning groups must provide a service & meet a need for people in the community & be supported, recognised & respected by that community.
We’re deeply indebted to participant Jason Burgess who nominated BV.











August Newsletter


Borderland Voices was founded in 1998 in Leek, Staffordshire and currently works across the Staffordshire Moorlands. Our aim is to promote mental health through the arts and to raise public awareness and understanding of mental health issues by delivering accessible arts projects and offering creative space for self-expression within a mutually supportive community.





To write what
I did not know I need to say.
To hear, to read,
to keep mad dogs at bay.

Freedom to listen unbiased
by cold chandler's
false indoctrination's wax.

Alive. Alight. Not lax.

Freedom to breathe out again
expel past pain
and smile, and live again.




We had glorious sunshine for the annual BBQ lunch, at the wonderful home of Chair of Trustees Bob & his wife Jackie in Upper Hulme; ‘friends and caring and good food; what more could one wish for,’ emailed Mary afterwards.

Great News: BV is one of Co-op Local Community Fund’s chosen causes, 9 April - 7 October 2017. They give 1% of member spend (Co-op branded products) to local causes. So please join, spend & choose us.

We learned with sadness that Tony Boston’s father, Jim died before Christmas. His mother Margaret is now in a nursing home in Blythe Bridge.

Joan Jones’s family kindly divided donations in her memory between a hospice & BV. We received £210 which will augment current Awards for All funding, as it doesn’t cover all writing costs.


The August 2017 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page (31/7/2017)

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Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service: Andy is currently talking to the Lord Lieutenant’s Office about the official presentation. We hope this will take place in Leek on a Tuesday afternoon in September.

Please support BV through the Co-op Local Community Fund.

Please support 2 of our participants this month. As she’s done for many years, Marion’s arranged 3 outdoor painting excursions on Wednesdays, linked to pub lunches. Jason is leading a new, free, creative writing group in Leek Library on Friday mornings. Full details on p 2.