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

 

Projects

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Expressive Arts Programme

2012 - 2014 The Lloyds TSB Foundation, England and Wales, currently supports the Tuesday afternoon programme of Expressive Arts workshops which feature a wide variety of media. more..

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Voice of the Moorlands

This Park Art follow-on project, again supported by PDSDF, concentrates on the how people in the Staffordshire Moorlands talk and tell their stories. more..

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A Breath of Fresh Air

2010 - 2012 Through a wide variety of arts activities we gave people gentle encouragement to be more physically active and enjoy their environment. more..

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The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund (PDSDF) gave a grant to encourage both people from Haregate and regular Borderland Voices participants to learn more about the National Park. more..

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Land of the Churnet

In Nov 2007 Borderland Voices started a new, 2-year project supported by Give it Sum.  It follows BV's successful Rivers of Life Project and, like all BV's work, aimed to promote mental well-being by bringing out people's creativity. more..

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Constellations of the Churnet

As part of the Land of the Churnet project, Borderland Voices took part in the Night Stations project with Charles Monkhouse which culminated in our participants having their own constellations drawn across the Staffordshire Roaches. more..

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Creative Clubs

In February we succeeded in raising funding from Staffordshire County Council (Closing the Gap Fund ) for a nine-month project to deliver a series of arts activities to children living in and around the Haregate estate in Leek, an area of high deprivation. more..

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Stepping Stones

Working in partnership with the local health care community we offerd a range of creative arts activities for the benefit of referred clients and aimed to promote a wider understanding of the benefits of arts activities for mental well-being. more..

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Rivers of Life

This project was inspired by the spectacular river landscape around Leek and combines expeditions to different river sites with creative workshops in various art forms including music, writing and visual art. more...

Journeys of the Mind

Journeys of the Mind

Over two years Borderland Voices clients  produced artwork and writing as a sequel to our 2001 publication 'Landscapes of the Mind'. This new publication has now been published and is available for sale. more...

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Manifold Music

This compilation of river sounds, music and words was inspired by the Manifold River. River sounds and images were captured on digital equipment at Wetton Mill and then transferred onto computers at the Warslow Online Centre. more...

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LANDSCAPES OF THE MIND

Landscapes of the Mind
Our recent publication 'Landscapes of the Mind' invites the reader to travel with us on a quest towards an inner world that may shock and disturb, delight and depress, stir to laughter and tears. more....

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A Long Way from Home

With the help of funding from Market Towns Initiative, in May 2004 Borderland Voices published the book of Polish reminiscence, 'A Long Way from Home'. The book was launched at Leek Library and followed by a celebratory evening organised by the local Polish community. more....

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Polish Connection

A fascinating and engrossing venture that we have been working on since last year is a reminiscence project with the local Polish community, many of whom lived at the camp in Blackshaw Moor, near Leek in the years following the Second World War. more...

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Enchanted Gardens

In June 2004 Borderland Voices achieved funding from Awards for All for this project. We planned a series of participatory workshops mainly at the John Hall Garden and at the Kniveden Garden on the outskirts of Leek. Both gardens are run by the Social Enterprise Project in partnership with Rethink. more...

HEADLINES

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 last month 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

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

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS May 2017

Mental Health Awareness & Activity Day Tuesday 9 May at the Foxlowe. Usual BV workshops there instead of Queens Drive.
Other activities: alternative therapies, mindfulness, sing-song, plus many useful info stands.
Diary Dates: Have your say on Mental Health plans. Go to a drop-in at Leek Fire Station 16 May 10-12 or 30 May 5.30-7.30. Carole (N Staffs Voice) mentioned this.

20/21 May Art in the Park. Andy will attend as usual with the BV display stands & a family-friendly activity.

10 May, Foxlowe Café, 7.30pm, Evening of Words with BV.