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



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One this page there will be links to reports and documents concerning the running of Borderland Voices


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BV QA presentation

In 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.’


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.

Our ‘neighbours’ on the ground floor of Bank House are Juniper who deliver training to young people aged 18-25. We’re invited to pop round to their Official Opening on February 13.

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


The March 2018 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page (6/3/2018)

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

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Andy is considering regular, twice-monthly evening drop-in sessions, possibly 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6-8pm.
A free, informal, self-help group, it’s provisionally entitled
C4 (Craft, Cross-stitch, Colouring & Chat).
Please let her know if you or anyone you know might be interested, so she can gauge demand.

Thanks to freelance journalist Belinda Hargreaves, our letter from Sandringham House got a mention on Moorlands Radio.

We enjoyed looking round Juniper training’s premises, next door, on their official opening in February. Currently we’re planning our own Official Opening (and launch of Pauline’s book) in April.

In bad weather, ring about 10.15 to check Andy has arrived.

If you know of any possible sponsors for BV, please tell Andy. We’re always keen to find new ways to raise income.