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


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Mar 2019 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.




We’ve received small grants recently from the Masons, Leek Town Lands & Leek Rotary; our thanks to them all.

RICHARD'S abseil....
Well, we did it and we enjoyed it so much, we went down three times each.
Thank you to everyone who supported us, from donors, to the team members and their families.
A huge thanks to Mark Fox, our anchorman on the day and the voice of calm to those of us less confident. Brilliant job Mark.Thank you to Jaz Bagdi, who's smile never left his face. whether he was on the rope, or solid ground.
Thank you to Zuleika, not least for overcoming your fears (three times). What next for you?
Thank you to our friends and families for supporting us on the day. Lyn, James, Stuart, Kira, Dee, Jo, Matt, Leeanne, our chairman of trustees, Bob and last, but by no means least Rokai, 5 in August and Matthew, 6 next February, both of whom descended three times each.
A terrific time, in aid of a very worthwhile cause.

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


The March 2019 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page

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

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Advance notice. Richard intends to restart his photography group on Wed, 3rd April, 2-4pm. Viability & frequency will depend on support & attendance. The 1st session will deal with theory of composition, exposure & basics of camera settings. It’s not essential, but bring your camera if you have one, plus instruction manual, if available. Camera phones can also be used to good effect.

Self-help DIY art group continues Thursdays
10.30-12.30. All welcome.

Cassie, our Derby Uni. Creative Expressive Therapies student leads all writing & art sessions until the end of March, when her 3-month placement ends. We’re enjoying her input.

Future of local health services in N Staffs, Consultation Mon 11 March, 7-9pm, St Edward’s Academy, Westwood Road, Leek, ST13 8DN. Ring 01782 298002 to book a.s.a.p.