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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 the iconic ‘Family Is Centre’ Recycled Plastic 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”
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.
Their programs are proven to help parents:
The programs aimed at primary and high-school children, and young adults, support:
The programs for adults help:
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 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:
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.
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Click here for more information about the Family Centre in Tweed heads.