social enterprises


Our diverse range of social enterprises raise independent income vital for supporting the Brotherhood's innovative services. These enterprises span 22 community stores, a warehouse and sorting facility, an online bookstore and a donation collection service.

Our social enterprises raise independent income that is critical for supporting our work to help individuals and families experiencing disadvantage to build better lives.

Our enterprises benefit the community in many ways. Our stores, with their large numbers of customers and volunteers, offer a place for community connection in each area they operate in, including online. We also provide work experience for students and placements for young job seekers from the Brotherhood’s Youth Transitions Programs. 

Brotherhood Books

Brotherhood Books, Australia's first charity online bookstore, continues to grow with the support of its loyal customers, dedicated volunteers and the public's generous donations of quality books. The store offers more than 100,000 books, from fiction through to rare and collectibles.
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Community stores

Our community stores provide customers with high-quality goods at affordable prices, remaining true to their identity as 'opportunity' shops. The Brotherhood has 22 stores across greater Melbourne, with more than 25,000 customers each week. 
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For the convenience of our generous supporters who donate goods, we offer a free donation collection service in greater Melbourne for clothing, books, homewares, furniture and white goods.
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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.

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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