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



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 




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.




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 May 2016 newsletter has been added on the newsletter page (10/3/2016)

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May 2016

Do visit Andy on BV’s stand at Art in the Park this month.

BV supports Mental Health awareness, information & activity day at the Foxlowe, May 17: info stands, writing, healthy living, art, mindfulness, alternative therapy, music.

Advance notice: Dove Valley Centre day visit 7 June. Andy needs numbers by 24 May for the free lunch.

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

BV’s trustees meet on the 23rd. If you’ve any ideas or concerns please talk to Pauline, Jason or Andy beforehand.

We’ve 3 new artists this month: Brittany, Erik & Georgia.

Our thoughts are with Richard whose treatment starts in May.