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



Mary King, has been selected as one of the winners of The Poetry Business Book Pamphlet Competition (see

Our Arts Group has branched out into Animated Video! See the result on our new VideoArt page





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.




Mary King, a long-standing member of our writing group has been selected as one of the winners of The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition (see more 

Viv Young is ‘Highly Commended’ at County Awards Ceremony

We were delighted to welcome Sue Gaukroger’s children, Anna & Joe. They enjoyed meeting the writing group & made another generous donation from Sue’s trust fund.

Owing to unforeseen medical circumstances, Richard Egan has had to postpone his 200+ mile (intended Aug 29 - Sept 5), Coast to Coast cycle challenge for BV. New date probably spring 2016. You can still sponsor Richard (forms at BV) or here



The July 2016 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page (12/7//2016)

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July 2016

Jason has started a blog about his long-term plans to promote fitness for people with disabilities: HERE

Tittesworth BBQ. We’ll be leaving BV at 12.15 on 26 July for a leisurely lunch and sketching/photo session. Bring & share food for the BBQ most welcome.

Remember, our Thursday, free art sessions at the Hub (opp. Moorlands House, Stockwell St) 11am – 1pm are open to all.

The 3 District Arts Forums (BV belongs to the Leek Forum) have a showcase event in the District Council offices on 15 July where our boards will be on display.

We welcome willow artist Rachel Evans back to BV in July.