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


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We are thrilled & proud to share the news that BV has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Elizabeth II announced this ‘MBE for volunteer groups’ to celebrate her Golden Jubilee in 2002. It was first awarded in 2003. The awards are announced annually on 2 June, the anniversary of the Coronation. Winning groups must provide a service & meet a need for people in the community & be supported, recognised & respected by that community.
We’re deeply indebted to participant Jason Burgess who nominated BV.













Borderland Voices was founded in 1998 in Leek, Staffordshire and currently works across the Staffordshire Moorlands. Our aim is to promote mental health through the arts and to raise public awareness and understanding of mental health issues by delivering accessible arts projects and offering creative space for self-expression within a mutually supportive community.





To write what
I did not know I need to say.
To hear, to read,
to keep mad dogs at bay.

Freedom to listen unbiased
by cold chandler's
false indoctrination's wax.

Alive. Alight. Not lax.

Freedom to breathe out again
expel past pain
and smile, and live again.




Great News: BV is one of Co-op Local Community Fund’s chosen causes, 9 April - 7 October 2017. They give 1% of member spend (Co-op branded products) to local causes. So please join, spend & choose us.

We learned with sadness that Tony Boston’s father, Jim died before Christmas. His mother Margaret is now in a nursing home in Blythe Bridge.

Joan Jones’s family kindly divided donations in her memory between a hospice & BV. We received £210 which will augment current Awards for All funding, as it doesn’t cover all writing costs.

Jim & Margaret Boston, Tony’s parents, dropped by last month. They made a most generous £300 donation in Tony’s memory to support the art group in 2017


The Jun 2017 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page (8/5/2017)

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The Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire or his deputy will present the Queen's Award later in the year & we’ll send out invitations when a date has been agreed.