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.

A young woman standing against a blue wall, holding a black and white tote bag

As a proud sponsor of Anti-Poverty Week, 15-21 October, we ask you to take part in one of the many activities we’re running.

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Saba Alemayoh, Hana Assafiri and Hutch Hussein standing together and smiling at the awards

Five businesses in Melbourne’s north have been recognised at our 2017 Northern Multicultural Small Business Awards. We run the awards in partnership with the City of Whittlesea and Small Chilli Marketing, and they are held as part of the Small Business Victoria Festival.

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The First Book of Judgements

Staff sorting through donations to the Brotherhood in Melbourne have come across what appears to be a rare and possibly valuable donation – a book with a publication date of 1655. ‘The First Book of Judgements’ was printed by Thomas Roycroft in London, England, and appears to be a record of the outcomes of legal cases in London prior to 1655.

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Singing performers dressed in costume at Coolibah's Got Talent 2017

Our Coolibah Centre for seniors in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy recently held its annual ‘Coolibah’s Got Talent’. It brought together centre members and other Brotherhood program participants as well as staff, volunteers and friends.

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Our Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers program has assisted hundreds of asylum seekers to find their first jobs in Australia. Brotherhood researchers, John van Kooy and Agathe Randrianarisoa, have evaluated the program’s first phase success.

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Congratulations to Vivian, Linda and Sobeydo who have been awarded the David Sier Fellowship. The newly launched annual fellowship aims to create small change for recipients from a migrant, refugee and asylum seeker background.

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Trudy, featured in the article, pictured with her two dogs

‘I arrived at Spencer Street Station in February, with only the contents of a suitcase and a tea chest to my name, and knowing no-one.’

Trudy Forster is a Brotherhood bequestor. Here she shares the story of how she became a supporter of the Brotherhood and the work we do.

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Paralympian Trevor Hirth in a friendly table tennis match with a coolibah member

Some members of our Coolibah Centre for seniors have been playing table tennis for decades, but they were happy to get a few tips from a world championship player who is in training for the Paralympics.

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Snapshot of Troy from his interview with The Brotherhood in 2014 on youth unemployment

It’s National Youth Week and we’re highlighting issues that really matter for young people around Australia – jobs, education and training.

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Urban Camp Participants Brand and Bonnie

Some young people from the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula area on Melbourne’s outskirts had a taste of the big city and got an inside look into how to tackle poverty and homelessness on a recent urban camp.

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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