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

 

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FORMAL PRESENTATION TO BORDERLAND VOICES OF THE QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE

BV QA presentationIn June, Borderland Voices gained the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service & on Tuesday 19 September, Staffordshire Vice Lord-Lieutenant Graham Stow, CBE, DL presented us with the engraved crystal trophy & certificate signed by Her Majesty, at a ceremony in Moorlands House.

In her introduction, Cllr Charlotte Atkins said, ‘This small, perfectly formed charity has a huge impact. Borderland Voices harnesses the beauty of Leek’s landscapes with its local art & craft traditions, using them to help people cope with the stresses & strains of modern life. That was founder Sue Gaukroger's vision & it remains so today. I’m delighted that Sue's children, Anna & Joe, are with us now to celebrate her achievement & the work of her successors.

‘The Government tells us they want parity of esteem for physical & mental health services. But we all know we're far from achieving that. So charities like Borderland Voices are vital. They provide weekly, free, joyful arts activities to support the health & well-being of regular participants.

‘From the quality of work displayed today you can see the skills both of participants & the local professional artists who facilitate sessions. Every year I look forward to receiving their calendar which showcases this work.

‘When funding is so hard to come by, it’s a miracle that Borderland Voices can do so much: both working with individuals & combating the stigma of mental health issues. For nearly 20 years they have been highly visible & embedded in the community, putting mental health in the limelight, raising awareness through local arts events, exhibitions, activity days & publicity. BV Group QA presentation

‘They currently enjoy rent free premises in the heart of Haregate but, sadly, they have to move in December. I hope this prestigious award ensures that people & organisations are queuing up to offer Borderland Voices new premises & funding to carry on & expand their fantastic work.’


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 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.

 

 

 

FREEDOM

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.

Paul

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HEADLINES

We were fortunate to receive one of the last 3 ‘community matters’ cheques from Waitrose & are grateful to the store & its customers for supporting us.

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.

NEW ON WEBSITE

The November 2017 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page (05/11/2017)

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

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS 2017

All BV activities will continue at Queens Drive until the end of November. We’ll start moving materials etc. throughout the month & various people have kindly offered the use of vehicles & containers.
We should be in our new venue (Bank House, Leek) by December. We’ll explain where it is to anyone not familiar with the centre of Leek.

If you’d like Xmas lunch (12 Dec.) please contact Andy a.s.a.p.

We expect to receive over £600 from the Co-op Community Fund very soon.

Police & Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis visited in October. One of his funds currently supports the
Writing Group.