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



Thank you to Joan Jones's family for their kind donation



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 learned with sadness last month 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.

Jim & Margaret Boston, Tony’s parents, dropped by last month. They made a most generous £300 donation in Tony’s memory to support the art group in 2017

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


The April 2017 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page (6/4/2017)

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Pam Brough (used to take BV writing) leads 9, weekly introductory creative writing sessions at Café Connect, Ipstones from Monday 24 April, 2.30pm. Jason & Pauline lead sessions at Rethink. BV is delivering this outreach, funded by Awards for All. Everyone welcome.

Diary Date: N Staffs Voice for Mental Health (formerly NSUG) has a new Moorlands Outreach worker, Fiona. Carole will bring her to meet us over lunch at BV on 11 April..