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

 

Projects

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Expressive Arts Programme

2012 - 2014 The Lloyds TSB Foundation, England and Wales, currently supports the Tuesday afternoon programme of Expressive Arts workshops which feature a wide variety of media. more..

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Voice of the Moorlands

This Park Art follow-on project, again supported by PDSDF, concentrates on the how people in the Staffordshire Moorlands talk and tell their stories. more..

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A Breath of Fresh Air

2010 - 2012 Through a wide variety of arts activities we gave people gentle encouragement to be more physically active and enjoy their environment. more..

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The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund (PDSDF) gave a grant to encourage both people from Haregate and regular Borderland Voices participants to learn more about the National Park. more..

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Land of the Churnet

In Nov 2007 Borderland Voices started a new, 2-year project supported by Give it Sum.  It follows BV's successful Rivers of Life Project and, like all BV's work, aimed to promote mental well-being by bringing out people's creativity. more..

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Constellations of the Churnet

As part of the Land of the Churnet project, Borderland Voices took part in the Night Stations project with Charles Monkhouse which culminated in our participants having their own constellations drawn across the Staffordshire Roaches. more..

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Creative Clubs

In February we succeeded in raising funding from Staffordshire County Council (Closing the Gap Fund ) for a nine-month project to deliver a series of arts activities to children living in and around the Haregate estate in Leek, an area of high deprivation. more..

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Stepping Stones

Working in partnership with the local health care community we offerd a range of creative arts activities for the benefit of referred clients and aimed to promote a wider understanding of the benefits of arts activities for mental well-being. more..

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Rivers of Life

This project was inspired by the spectacular river landscape around Leek and combines expeditions to different river sites with creative workshops in various art forms including music, writing and visual art. more...

Journeys of the Mind

Journeys of the Mind

Over two years Borderland Voices clients  produced artwork and writing as a sequel to our 2001 publication 'Landscapes of the Mind'. This new publication has now been published and is available for sale. more...

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Manifold Music

This compilation of river sounds, music and words was inspired by the Manifold River. River sounds and images were captured on digital equipment at Wetton Mill and then transferred onto computers at the Warslow Online Centre. more...

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LANDSCAPES OF THE MIND

Landscapes of the Mind
Our recent publication 'Landscapes of the Mind' invites the reader to travel with us on a quest towards an inner world that may shock and disturb, delight and depress, stir to laughter and tears. more....

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A Long Way from Home

With the help of funding from Market Towns Initiative, in May 2004 Borderland Voices published the book of Polish reminiscence, 'A Long Way from Home'. The book was launched at Leek Library and followed by a celebratory evening organised by the local Polish community. more....

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Polish Connection

A fascinating and engrossing venture that we have been working on since last year is a reminiscence project with the local Polish community, many of whom lived at the camp in Blackshaw Moor, near Leek in the years following the Second World War. more...

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Enchanted Gardens

In June 2004 Borderland Voices achieved funding from Awards for All for this project. We planned a series of participatory workshops mainly at the John Hall Garden and at the Kniveden Garden on the outskirts of Leek. Both gardens are run by the Social Enterprise Project in partnership with Rethink. more...

HEADLINES

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.

Throughout 2018 we intend various events to celebrate BV’s
20th birthday – quite a milestone.

Andy sent a calendar to Buckingham Palace, c/o a lady-in-waiting who replied when the group sent writing to honour the Queen’s 90th birthday. See reply from Sandringham House inside.

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

NEW ON WEBSITE

The August 2018 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page (3/4/2018)

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

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NEWS

Richard & Zuleika haven’t quite reached their sponsored abseil target of £1500, but it’s not too late to support them. Online: https://make-a-donation.org/fundraisers/borderland-voices; cash: to Andy.

Welcome back to Rose (who is now married). With her we’ll be exploring new SW Peak themes, including the ancient tradition of well-dressing; & Egyptology & deer – both associated with Lyme Park (sorry no visit planned this time).
New this month: if a blank piece of paper terrifies you, using pre-printed sheets for therapeutic colouring is very restful. Two drop-in sessions (Wed 8th afternoon, Thurs 16th evening). All materials provided.
Patchwork group are on a summer break restart Mon 3rd Sept