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


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.




Sue GaukrogerI know all those who have been involved over the years with Borderland Voices will be very sad to hear that its founder, Susan Gaukroger died on October 16th. Sue wished to continue to support the benefits of healing arts and to that end her children have set up a small charity to carry on her original aims. The proceeds will be donated to all the organisations in which she was involved including Borderland Voices (details below)
Instead of flowers at her funeral Sue Gaukroger has asked for donations to the Wellsprings Healing Arts Fund.
Please make cheques payable to Wellsprings - Send to Old School House, Hollinsclough, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 0RH. Or credit / debit card donations are also welcome.through the website


Two new impressive poems and pieces of prose have been added to the Poems and Prose pages(27 Nov 2013)

The Jan 2014 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page 1/1/2014

Our 2012-2013 Annual report has been added to the new reports page(15 Oct 13)


Our crocheted 'Reef' is part of a major exhibition in Buxton Museum; Andy hopes to arrange a trip in spring.

We are about to start a PATCHWORK GROUP at Borderland Voices if you are interested we would love to hear from you. More info