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A brand new dance workshop for children and young adults living with disabilities runs during school terms in Lincoln.

The workshop is run by The StarJam Charitable Trust to give young New Zealanders with disabilities a chance to feel like a star and develop life skills and friendships through music and dance. It is supported by the Selwyn Community Fund.

The council provided the Lincoln Event Centre for the workshop “Southern Groovers” run by one tutor and three volunteers.

Twelve young people or ‘Jammers’ as they are referred to, have already signed up for this free workshop reaching its maximum capacity.

StarJam are extremely grateful for the funding received from the Council towards their programme, StarJam grants writer Fiona Rouse says.

“This funding will ensure the safe and successful delivery of StarJam’s workshops, performances and community social events benefiting young people with disabilities who attend the Lincoln weekly workshops.”

She said the fund will also open opportunities for more workshops in the area.

A workshop is already run at the Rolleston Community Centre on a Tuesday evening.

StarJam host lots of other free workshops weekly up and down the country, teaching youth aged six-25 with disabilities how to dance, play drums, guitar and sing.

One of the previous workshop’s participants, Katrina said StarJam makes her feel cool and like she’s a superstar.

These workshops enable 540 youth to participate every year, regardless of their disability.