Brotherhood blog

Welcome to the Brotherhood of St Laurence's blog.

We aim to tell human stories and offer an 'on-the-ground' insight on the challenges involved in achieving an Australia free of poverty.

Brotherhood Executive Director Conny Lenneberg and Saver Plus participant Eleanor standing in front of a Brotherhood of St Laurence backdrop

An independent study has found 87 per cent of low income families who take part in our Saver Plus program are saving the same amount or more up to seven years after completing it.

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Two men in uniform inside a factory

Within three months of starting a job brokered by our Reconnect program, George, 18, was promoted to team leader. He could not find work after finishing Year 10 two years ago, when he came to our Reconnect program in Frankston, one of Victoria’s youth unemployment hotspots in Melbourne’s outer south east.

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Public housing resident Chernet, 21, is enjoying his job as a builder’s labourer and the sense of security that comes from working full-time. ‘Life is more stable now I’ve got a job,’ he says.

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A woman and her daughter, working together on a laptop

More than 36,000 people around Australia have saved with Saver Plus since it started in 2003 –people like Sharon and Maria.

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A woman in an apron, standing in a kitchen

Sally has been volunteering at our Breakfast Club for three years, and told us about her experience of volunteering with the Brotherhood, in her own words.

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Aaron, a young man standing in front of a tree

Meet Taylor, Ashley and Aaron: three highly motivated young jobseekers who have attained employment and grown so much with support from Creating Futures for Youth. The Brotherhood of St Laurence runs this program at our High St Centre in Frankston, with funding from the Citi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of global bank, Citi.

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HIPPY program graduate and now home tutor Gemma with her daughter

As a home tutor with our HIPPY program, Tasmanian mother Gemma says the benefits keep flowing for her and her daughter, Izzabella.

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Dancers at the Celebration of Life

Held twice a year, our Celebration of Life parties at the Collingwood Town Hall attract guests from aged care residences in Melbourne, including those from our own Sambell Lodge and Sumner House, and our Coolibah Centre which runs day activities for seniors.

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Alison, Ange and kids posing for the camera.

Angela and Alison have become good friends through our Growing Learners program, recognised for its outstanding contribution in the field of early childhood services - a finalist in the 2017 Victorian Early Years Awards, announced this week.

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We’re delighted to take part in the Victorian Seniors Festival, with a range of activities across Melbourne throughout October.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

Find out more about the work of the Brotherhood
Australian Aboriginal flag, a yellow circle on two horizontal black and red stripes

The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

Torres Strait Islander flag, an icon of a traditional headdress on blue, black and green stripes