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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We’ve received small grants recently from the Masons, Leek Town Lands & Leek Rotary; our thanks to them all.

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.

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

NEW ON WEBSITE

The April 2019 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page

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

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NEWS

Richard’s first photography session on Wed, 3rd April, 2-4pm will include theory of composition, exposure & basics of camera settings. It’s not essential, but bring your camera if you have one (or camera phone) plus instruction manual if available. The group’s viability & frequency depends on support & attendance.

The next Trustees’ meeting is Monday 8th April at 7.30pm. To raise any matter, mention it to Bill, Richard or Andy.

We thank Cassie, our Derby Uni. Creative Expressive Therapies student for all her work during her 3-month placement & wish her well for the future.

Sarah returns for both writing & art this month. Now we’ve passed the Spring Equinox, Art sessions will focus on Signs of Spring & look at making spring garlands and decorations.