Yam Jams and Wednesday Club
Weekly music making session for adults with a variety of Special Needs and Disabilities
YAM JAMS began back in the Autumn of 2007 as a partnership between The Music Pool and ECHO Herefordshire. The weekly sessions grew slowly but surely as it gained popularity.
Yam Jams offers a great place for people to participate in movement and music making in a fun and friendly atmosphere. As well as offering participants a unique musical experience, Yam Jams also improves communication skills, helps develop friendships and increases self-confidence.
The Hereford group became so popular, that in 2011, it became necessary to start a second group in Leominster.
In 2014, a previously existing long-term group on Wednesday afternoons (run in partnership with SCOPE/First Key), joined the Yam Jams projects family. 'The Wednesday Club' is now also run in partnership with ECHO Herefordshire.
"Yam Jams works because people can join in at whateverlevel they want to and Lofty and his fellow musicians havethat unique ability to make everyone feel special" - Maggie Percy, Operations Manager of ECHO
The projects now have 3 regular weekly sessions:
Yam Jams in Hereford – Tuesday mornings
Yam Jams Xtra in Leominster – Friday mornings
Wednesday Club in Hereford - Wednesday afternoons
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The groups continue to regularly attract a full house of young people and adults who come to join in the musical mayhem and rapping led by the energetic rap-master Mark 'Lofty' Loughman.
Click here to view a short film about Yam Jams.
Click here to read Hereford Times article on Yam Jams