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Former Stone Roses guitarist to support mental health awareness at UCLan with free gig

12 November 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Aziz Ibrahim is special guest at public event  

Former Stone Roses guitarist Aziz Ibrahim is coming to Preston to support a free public music gig at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as part of event to celebrate mental health wellbeing.

The musician, who has played with the Stone Roses, Ian Brown, Paul Weller and Simply Red to name a few, is the special guest at UCLan’s diversity fringe event on Thursday 26 November which precedes the annual University Diversity Conference on the Friday.

The fringe event, organised by the UCLan Creative Communities Group (CCG), is free and open to the public. It will bring together musicians, artists and representatives from health organisations, business and the local community with a common theme of promoting and supporting positive health and wellbeing.

 

"It's going to be a pleasure performing on the night to an audience of UCLan students, staff and community members. The evening will also be the launch of an exciting future project that Russell and I are both working on at UCLan for 2016."

Stall holders include Circle Counselling, a free counselling charity based in Chorley, The National Forum for Health and Wellbeing and the eating disorder advice charity Seed. Beauty Works will be on hand to offer free nail treatments and massage therapy and musician Joe Keegan, who has appeared on the BBC’s The Voice, will also perform on the night.

Aziz commented: “I was delighted when Russell Hogarth asked if I could support the UCLan Creative Communities Group at the diversity fringe event. It's going to be a pleasure performing on the night to an audience of UCLan students, staff and community members. The evening will also be the launch of an exciting future project that Russell and I are both working on at UCLan for 2016.

“Mental health awareness and promoting mental health wellbeing is very close to my heart as we have sadly lost a number of talented people in the music business as a result of mental health disorders.”

Co-founder and Chair of the UCLan CCG and University Honorary Fellow Russell Hogarth said: “Aziz is a fellow member of the UCLan Creative Communities Group network and we are delighted that he is giving his time freely to support mental health awareness along with a number of local contributors; their much appreciated support will certainly help to make this event a success."

 

“The UCLan Creative Communities Group places a great emphasis on being inclusive and supportive to all members of the community; not just internally here at the University, but on a wider scale."

Russell continued: “According to the World Health Organisation one in four adults are likely to be affected by a mental health disorder at some time in their lives and it’s important that we create an environment that encourages people to talk about mental health openly and removes any associated stigma and discrimination.

“The UCLan Creative Communities Group places a great emphasis on being inclusive and supportive to all members of the community; not just internally here at the University, but on a wider scale. I hope people can come along to campus on the 26 November to enjoy themselves and also help us to raise awareness of some very important issues.”

The evening starts at 5pm in the Foster Learning Zone at UCLan with music beginning at 7.15pm. It will close at 10pm. Food is available to order and the UCLan Scholar’s Bar will be open for drinks. There is no need for people to book and Foster Car Park will be open and free for the evening. For additional information email Nigel Farnworth For more information on Aziz Ibrahim visit www.aziz.co.uk