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



Mary King, has been selected as one of the winners of The Poetry Business Book Pamphlet Competition (see

Our Arts Group has branched out into Animated Video! See the result on our new VideoArt page





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.




Mary King, a long-standing member of our writing group has been selected as one of the winners of The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition (see more 

Viv Young is ‘Highly Commended’ at County Awards Ceremony

We were delighted to welcome Sue Gaukroger’s children, Anna & Joe. They enjoyed meeting the writing group & made another generous donation from Sue’s trust fund.

Owing to unforeseen medical circumstances, Richard Egan has had to postpone his 200+ mile (intended Aug 29 - Sept 5), Coast to Coast cycle challenge for BV. New date probably spring 2016. You can still sponsor Richard (forms at BV) or here



The Sept 2016 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page (3/9/2016)

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Sept 2016

NB day visit to Rudyard Lake on the 6th. Please let Andy know a.s.a.p. if you’re coming. Lunch provided.

We thank Pauline, who’s just stepped down as a Trustee, for her valued contribution to the Board.

The art sessions at the Hub have now finished.

Richard’s Intro to Photography sessions (Fridays 1.30 – 3.30) are free & open to all. You don’t even need a camera.

We welcome back Rose Barks to introduce Hundertwasser: writer, artist & architect of environment-friendly buildings.

Thanks to everyone who gave thoughts about services, which HealthWatch will feed back to the District Council.

NB. AGM & Trustees’ meeting, Mon. 19th, 7.30pm. Pass ideas to Jason or Andy, or do come to this public event.