Dance act headlines Herts NHS day
PUBLISHED: 13:47 16 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:00 20 February 2013
Dance act Soul Rhymaz have been confirmed as headlining Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's Members Day on Saturday 8 October.
Dance act Soul Rhymaz have been confirmed as headlining Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts Members Day on Saturday 8 October.
The three piece Jay, 33, Leo, 21, and Nelson, 22 have been performing their eclectic mix of dance music for two years, racking up some impressive gigs supporting established acts like Fe-nix and Fugative.
The band, all from Luton, have been building up a big youth fanbase since joining a prestigious nationwide under-18s tour organised by Club DTV. More tours are in the pipeline, their tracks including first single Get Down - are available on iTunes and they hope to have another single out in the autumn.
Founder member Jay says their influences span all kinds of dance music soul, R&B, jazz, hip hop and soca, to name a few. 'We put it all together, try to stay with whats current and fuse it with a whole range of styles,' he explains. 'You cant categorize us as a certain genre.
'From our image you might think we were just a hardcore hip hop band but theres more to us. Because there are so many styles we appeal to people of all ages.'
'Were very happy to be involved with the Trusts members day,' added Leo. 'We come from a community where young people are affected by a lot of difficult issues including mental health problems.
'Its a big issue and were pleased to be involved in raising awareness, especially amongst kids, many of whom dont understand problems like depression. If we can help people understand the importance of good mental health were all for it.'
Annual Members Day is one of the most important days in the Trusts calendar and this year it is going to be bigger and better than ever before. For the first time it is being held on a weekend and the Trust hopes to attract 500 people to the free event which will be held between 2pm and 6pm at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City.
The day will both entertain and inform and there will be something for everyone from dancing to face painters and entertainment for the children.
Visitors can choose from a range of workshops on subjects including dementia, anxiety, eating disorders and learning disabilities and can also browse information stands from a range of voluntary organisations.
Barbara Suggitt, Company Secretary and Head of Corporate Affairs for the Trust, said, 'We have 12,000 members and we hope to see as many as possible at the event, getting really involved in supporting the Trusts ambitions to offer the best care to our service users.
'But the day will also be fun and we hope to attract all sorts of new people to get involved. One in four people will use mental health services during their lifetime. It is an issue for everyone in the community, so wed like to see as many new faces as possible all are welcome!'