A dance and singing programme helping young people who have disabilities plans to host its first workshops for Te Awamutu locals early next year.
Star Jam is known to run dance, performance and music workshops for young people with disabilities from the ages 6 to 25 across the country.
Star Jam Waikato regional co-ordinator Troy Gaudencio says the demand for more Star Jam workshops has increased.
"Close to 100 new star jammers have joined us nationally and there have been a lot of requests for workshops from a number of small regions. So, we have said if we have got the capacity, why not extend the opportunities to other young people?"
Dance and singing workshops are due to be held in Te Awamutu in February 2021.
"We will definitely start with one workshop and then expand from there but the dance and singing workshops will be a part of the wider Waikato Star Jammers family," he says.
Star Jam provides a space for young people to be themselves and discover their natural talents.
"We've had a lot of feedback from parents around the impact it has had on the young people. It has particularly built their confidence, it has helped with their social skills and their ability to make friends," he says.
"Te Awamutu is the best starting place because it is easily accessible to the Waipā region. So, people who live in Ōtorohanga, Cambridge and possibly Matamata can join."
Star Jam holds workshops in other areas including Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua.
Star jammers from Te Awamutu workshops will be able to join the wider Waikato Star Jam community with their annual end of year concert, regular discos and gigs.
Star Jam are still on the lookout for new recruits.
A Star Jam information night will be held early December.