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


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RICHARD EGAN - Due to unfortunate health issues, the original plan to undertake a coast to coast cycle ride had to initially be postponed and, with ongoing issues, cancelled. Not wanting to “let the side down”, my mind started wandering and wondering what could be done to replace the original plan.
It was than I recalled joining a former colleague a number of years ago, when she completed an abseil off the Miller’s Dale viaduct on the Monsal Trail. I spoke to a neighbour, who is a qualified outdoor activities instructor, who agreed to be our anchor man for this next one on 22nd July.
I roped in a local artist and helper of BV, to join me and since then, a neighbour and his step daughter are also looking to join us, in the hope of raising funds.

You can sponsor Richard in his madcap escapade at








June Newsletter

Annual Report 2016-17







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.




On Sun 22nd July Richard & Zuleika are abseiling off the Millers Dale viaduct on the Monsal Trail to raise funds for BV. Please support them via or cash.

Throughout 2018 we intend various events to celebrate BV’s
20th birthday – quite a milestone.

Andy sent a calendar to Buckingham Palace, c/o a lady-in-waiting who replied when the group sent writing to honour the Queen’s 90th birthday. See reply from Sandringham House inside.

If you know of any possible sponsors for BV, please tell Andy.


The June 2018 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page (3/4/2018)

The 2016-17 Annual report has been added to the newsletter page

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Our official opening was a buzzing & joyful occasion. Without the garden, we’d have been cramped, but visitors admired the artwork, enjoyed the food & soaked up sun!

We’re grateful for a £50 donation from Leek Inner Wheel. (Margarette Golding established Inner Wheel in 1924 for wives & daughters of Rotarians, when Rotary did not admit women.)

We’ve a writing visit on 5th (morning only) to Astound (Leek Art College exhibition), Nicholson Gallery (above the library): writing inspired by art. Meet in the Gallery.

Our display’s at a networking event, Tues 19th June, 5-7pm, Salvation Army, Leek; find out about volunteering