Juliette and Isaac taking a break together at the StarJam workshop

Inspiring new talent

by Ann van Engelen

A newly established dance workshop for children and young adults living with disabilities is now running at the Lincoln Event Centre during school terms supported by the Selwyn Community Fund.

“The workshop is run by StarJam Charitable Trust and gives young people with disabilities a chance to feel like a star and develop life skills and friendships through music and dance,” says StarJam programmes coordinator Ella van Wijk.

“The jammers are doing really well and gaining confidence and already building friendships. We are building them as a team and encouraging them toward their first performance, which will be at our disco at the end of term two.

“We have a few younger children in this workshop, and they are loving it. I am really impressed with how well they are doing. They are happily sharing opinions and ideas amongst themselves.

“The council provided the Lincoln Event premises for our Southern Groovers free workshop.

“One tutor and three volunteers run the class, and it is run alongside our StarJam workshop at the Rolleston Community Centre on Tuesday evenings.

We are extremely grateful for the funding, which helps with the successful delivery of our workshops, performances and community social events benefitting the young people with disabilities who attend.

“StarJam host lots of free workshops up and down the country, teaching youth from age 6 to 25 with disabilities how to dance, play the drums, guitar and sing. They enable 540 youth to participate every year, regardless of their disability.”