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Reaching goals at Recyclers Tony recently celebrated his 12th work anniversary as an ADE employee at Momentum Collective’s Recyclers Op Shop in Tweed Heads. “I started working on a mowing crew about 20 years ago,” Tony says. “It was called Tweed River Valley Fellowship way back then, and I worked there for nine years before starting at the Op Shop.” Working at the Recyclers Op Shop has given Tony extensive retail experience. He says the job offers lots of variety and flexibility. “I like working on the floor and meeting new people. Today I’ve been out the back pricing bric-a-brac and putting items in the shop for sale. Jenny (Jenny Carlan, CSM) says I have good communications skills, so I also work on the register. I’ve learnt some good skills, and I’ve completed certificates I and II in retail,” he says. “I also really appreciate the understanding and support I get from Jenny and Brian. Tony says the ADE initiative gives people the chance to learn new skills, socialise and earn some money. “I would recommend it because it’s good for socialising and also for your mental health. You meet new people every day. You also earn some money, and that gives you more independence.” Art as therapy Meet Brogan, a proud Kamilaroi man and resident at our mental health supported independent living property in Lismore. Brogan has a strong religious faith, loves footy and his family. “I love my people and the town I come from,” he says. In addition to this, Brogan is also an artist. He says a lot of his artwork inspiration comes from his pride and connection to the country. Brogan has been engaging in the art for therapy and enjoyment for quite some time now. Supported by his outreach workers, Brogan has achieved so much and continues to be empowered while working towards reaching his goals.

The gift of music The donation of an electric guitar to Momentum Collective’s Connections program in Tweed Heads has brightened up the lives of the people who visit the centre to access mental health supports. Brothers Sid and Zain Constantine donated the guitar after raising funds on the music platform Bandcamp. The donation is in memory of their friend and fellow surfer Ky Farrell who experienced mental health issues and passed away in 2019. Sid and Zain are members of Aeolian, a hardcore punk band formed in Banora Point in 1995 and performed locally until around 2004. After releasing their new track, they decided that rather than keeping the money from the sales, they would buy a guitar and donate it in honour of Ky. “My brother Zain worked for Momentum Collective in the Connections Centre team. We wanted to donate to a mental health service in the area, and Zain suggested Connections because he knew they ran a music program,” Sid says. Clients Gary and Danny visit the Momentum Connections centre for support and to join in with some of the programs on offer. They are excited to have a new guitar in the music room at Connections. “It’s a great guitar and will definitely be part of our weekly jam sessions here at Connections,” Danny said.

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