StarJam Wins Youth Category at 2014 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards
The 2014 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards were presented on Monday 16th June to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of volunteer’s in the public health sector.
Award winners ranged from volunteers supporting young people with cancer, to the dedicated team supporting in medical emergencies. Sitting in the front two rows, the StarJam volunteers were easily distinguished as some of the youngest faces in the crowd. They were delighted to be presented with the award for Outstanding Achievement by a Youth Team of Volunteers.
StarJam empowers young people with disabilities, known as ‘Jammers’, through performance opportunities here in Wellington and Nationwide. “We are so grateful to have this acknowledgement for what our volunteers give to the community, and the generosity of heart with which they give it”, said StarJam Regional Programmes Coordinator, Genevieve Krefft.
“The value of what our volunteers do really shines through in the words of the parents.” said Krefft. “I spoke to one mother last Wednesday who told me StarJam is the only place her son can go to ‘just be’. Another father said previous to StarJam, his son was a passenger in his life, and StarJam has helped to put him in the driver’s seat.”
Five attended the ceremony to represent the 15 volunteers who assist at StarJam workshops every week in the greater Wellington region. The volunteers assist in musical workshops (singing, dancing, drumming or guitar) by supporting the young people with disabilities aged 6-25, to engage with the other Jammers, the tutor and the volunteers. The volunteers encourage, guide and celebrate their Jammers, and help to create an environment where they feel safe, loved, and valued.
Emma Wollum, 23 years old, has been volunteering for StarJam for just under two years in a dance workshop in Newtown. “Volunteering for StarJam is an incredibly rewarding, humbling experience – I love being a witness to watching Jammers flourish.” said Wollum.
They were delighted to be included in a diverse group of people each working to serve their community: “I found the Awards incredibly affirming and inspiring” said Wollum, “It just makes me want to go out and do more.”
For more information please contact Genevieve Krefft
- Phone: 021782866
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About StarJam – www.starjam.org
StarJam is a super-charity which creates national and international limelight opportunities for young people with disabilities. Known as “Jammers”, StarJam’s young people gain respect, confidence, empowerment, new friends, new hope and new purpose within a fun and inclusive atmosphere. Our belief is that “wildly positive change” affects not just them and their families but their peer groups and the wider community in their perception of young people with disabilities. There are 30 performance workshop programmes spread throughout Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch each week in singing, dancing, drumming and guitar. StarJam has been acknowledged in seventeen different awards programmes since 2007.