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.’


HEADLINES


Richard recently won the Volunteering through Adversity award at Staffs Moorlands Volunteer Star Awards. Well done Richard!!

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

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

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The Aug 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 photography sessions continue on occasional Wednesdays 2-4pm. Ask Andy for forthcoming dates.

The weather at the Dove Valley Centre was mixed, but we enjoyed writing with Sarah in some unusual formats and making mini ‘Whispers in the Grass’ books. For a few of the poems, visit Gordon’s blog and see ‘Voices from a Field’ http://creepingtoad.blogspot.com/

People were initially hesitant about how to make pop-up cards, but Gavin brushed away doubts. Folk either combined the pop-up mechanisms with recycled cards or added their own illustrations, and were rightly pleased with the results.

The proposed bring-&-share BBQ courtesy of Bob & Jackie was rained off on July 30th. We hope for better weather on 6th August. Andy will make a final decision on Sunday 4th. Failing that, we’ll do something at Back Dane Cottage on 27th.