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

 

Reports

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

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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.’


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Although we can’t use our Home Base currently, we still pay rent and are supported by:
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BV is so grateful for individual donations, large and small. Your contributions, made weekly until recently, are still helping to keep our services going although for now these are offered remotely via email and letter.

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The May 2020 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page

The 2018-19 Annual report has been added to the newsletter page

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NEWS

Our thanks to Bonnie who hosts the Zoom writing group Tuesdays 10.30am - 12 noon-ish. She has also offered to post collated writing to those not on the internet. All welcome on Zoom – contact Andy.

Participants have individual lists of group members to keep in touch with (phone, WhatsApp group, email, post, Zoom) as they prefer. Contact Andy to join in any way.

Contact Andy if you would like an art ‘starter pack’ (envelopes + post-card sized cards).
Please email photos of your art to Andy for future newsletters.
To contact Andy: email is easiest or work mobile (07760 138395) preferably using WhatsApp.

We are grateful to the Community Council of Staffordshire for funding Zoom & the work smartphone. We are also proud to announce a 2-year Lottery funded project – details next time.