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.’


Our Home Base is currently supported by:
Borderland Voices is immensely grateful for individual donations, large and small, and for the regular contributions which participants make each week. Until we can bring in more grant money, your support is helping to keep our services going.

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


The Feb 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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I’m delighted to report that our Chairman Bob has had his operation and has made an excellent recovery.

Which leads neatly to the Trustees’ Meeting on Monday 3rd February. If you want to raise anything, do speak to Mark, Bill or Paul (or indeed Andy).

Self-help art group: Thurs 10.30-12.30. All welcome.

We’ve been awarded £1,000 of Celebrate 25 Lottery funding (marking its 25th anniversary). Although this sounds a lot, it’s quite ring-fenced. It will fund 4 visits (with 2 artists on each occasion) in conjunction with other groups. So think about places you’d like to go and groups we might join up with.

We’ve received a small Cllr’s Community Initiative Fund grant from Cllr Lytton Page (Leek North).

We welcome back Gavin Bowyer for more art workshops.