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


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We are thrilled & proud to share the news that BV has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Elizabeth II announced this ‘MBE for volunteer groups’ to celebrate her Golden Jubilee in 2002. It was first awarded in 2003. The awards are announced annually on 2 June, the anniversary of the Coronation. Winning groups must provide a service & meet a need for people in the community & be supported, recognised & respected by that community.
We’re deeply indebted to participant Jason Burgess who nominated BV.











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

We had glorious sunshine for the annual BBQ lunch, at the wonderful home of Chair of Trustees Bob & his wife Jackie in Upper Hulme; ‘friends and caring and good food; what more could one wish for,’ emailed Mary afterwards.

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.


The September 2017 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page (04/9/2017)

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

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Vice-Lord Lieutenant Graham Stow will officially present the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on Tuesday 19th September in the Churnet Room, Moorlands House (1 for 1.30pm) followed by tea & cake. If you want to come & haven’t had an invitation, please contact Andy a.s.a.p.