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14 May 2018 

The 'Family Is Centre' Recycled Plastic Mat funds programs to help local families!

The 'Family Is Centre' Recycled Plastic Mat funds programs to help local families!

Please note that as of June 2020, we will no longer be contributing funds to The Family Centre, it has been an amazing relationship but all good things must come to an end. We wish The Family Centre continued support and thank them for the incredible contribution to community that the entire team makes.


JJ Stranan, the owner of Recycled Mats, is proud to be teaming up once again with local Indigenous Artist, Christine Slabb. Their newest venture is a ground-breaking collaboration resulting in the iconic ‘Family Is Centre’ Recycled Plastic Mat.

The Tweed Family Centre Fundraising Mat with Artist Christine Slabb


The Tweed Family Centre Fundraising Mat

This project has a goodwill aim. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the “Family Is Centre” mat will directly support local Indigenous and non-Indigenous families in the Tweed, Byron and Ballina region of Australia in times of need.

Christine Slabb, an artist of Bundjalung and Yugambeh people, custom designed this mat using colours that are known to have a healing effect.

The design itself draws on elements from the local community.

Christine’s poetic description of her design is:

“Family is the centre, the centre of one’s being.

Relationships, connections that are strength, honour and respect. 

These strains flow deep within our soul, captivated by love. 

Family is the centre, the centre is our family”


Tweed Family Centre Fundraising Mat with Artist Christine Slabb


The Family Centre's Mission

The Family Centre is a social purpose organisation, providing child, youth and family services. Their mission is to build the skills and self-esteem of individuals, families, and communities facing social challenges.

The Family Centre organisation has been a force for good for over 30 years, with both paid staff and volunteers helping to make a monumental difference.

Funds raised from the sale of this recycled plastic mat will fund life-changing programs at the Family Centre in Tweed Heads that help families and individuals through difficult times in life.


Tweed Family Centre Fundraising Mat


Family Centre Programs for Change

Their programs are proven to help parents:

  • gain better parenting skills
  • strengthen and develop closer family bonds and connections
  • protect the safety and wellbeing of young people
  • promote the health and wellbeing of young children and babies in our region, through Early Childhood initiatives
  • encourage individuals to contribute and give back to their own communities.
  • navigate the rough waters of teenage-hood

The programs aimed at primary and high-school children, and young adults, support:

  • primary school-aged children transition to high-school successfully
  • young people to build resilience and self-worth traits
  • young people aged 12-17 to set life goals, and make positive choices for themselves
  • homeless, and at-risk of homelessness, youth to identify their needs and personal desires to achieve their accommodation goals in the short, medium and long-term
  • at-risk Year 7 students to manage successful attendance at high school
  • young adults to create positive family and peer relationships, build self esteem, take appropriate risks, and build resilience to bullying and the daily challenges of life
  • young teens to develop the confidence to say no to drugs and alcohol, and have a strong voice in relationships they encounter with the opposite sex
  • guide young teens through the challenges of intimate relationships, sexuality, gender, and the everyday trials of adolescence

The programs for adults help:

  • support men and women to develop skills for positive relationships
  • guide people to develop their emotional intelligence and channel stress and anger in positive ways
  • women develop communication skills, assertiveness, negotiation and conflict resolution
  • women to practice self-care, by learning to set appropriate boundaries, and developing their characters
  • men to understand their family needs

The Mindful Art of Stress Reduction

The Family Centre runs a 1-day course, "The Mindful Art of Stress Reduction", that explores the techniques of mindfulness, using creative activities to develop awareness about stress triggers and ways to manage it. This course is proving very popular as families and households face increased rental outlays, job insecurity, inflation, and concern over finances.


The Tweed Family Centre Fundraising Mat with Artist Christine Slabb


The Family Centre Playgroups

The Family Centre also runs playgroups for children that include opportunities for learning through stories, painting, playdough, movement, puzzles and games, water play, song and music.

Playgroup also supports parents to:

  • connect with other parents in a non-threatening environment with a cup of tea in hand
  • be part of a supportive group of people
  • build on their parenting skills
  • access information and resources about child development
  • connect with Family Centre staff and local service providers


The Tweed Family Centre Recycled Plastic Mat by Artist Christine Slabb


Recycled Mats Supporting Local Communities

The Family Centre cannot run these programs alone, and community support is vital to ensure their longevity. Recycled Mats is proud to partner with the Family Centre and support their vital work.

Purchasing the “Family Is Centre” recycled plastic mat is a constructive and immediate way for our customers to have a positive and lasting impact on the families in this local community.  

Click here to view all our current Indigenous recycled mats.


We appreciate your support in our quest to brighten the lives of our locals.

Click here for more information about the Family Centre in Tweed Heads.