Building better lives together

Our quarterly Building better lives together newsletter is for our valued friends and supporters. It features stories about Brotherhood programs that are helping people and communities overcome disadvantage.

Building better lives together December 2016

In this edition

  • growing a community
  • how can we make sure children get the best start in life?
  • jindi – a community hub striving for change across two generations
  • a life rebuilt, with a helping hand from the Brotherhood
  • working with young children
  • hope Prize winner and anthology announced.

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Building better lives together September 2016

In this edition

  • A public service career blooms through a Brotherhood traineeship
  • Learning from others to improve services
  • Evening up the odds. Youth employment and economic security
  • Supporting employment outcomes for young people
  • Get a head start on your spring clean!

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Building better lives together June 2016

In this edition

  • Youth Foyer resident’s mural unveiled at Brotherhood’s Fitzroy office
  • Shonna shines as the centrepiece of our 2016 Winter Appeal
  • Collaboration is key
  • Celebrating our volunteers
  • Brotherhood Books

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Building better lives together March 2016

In this edition

  • Mind the gaps: caring for a husband with younger onset dementia
  • Support for youth with launch of Transition to Work
  • Still not equal: the accumulation of poverty across women’s lives
  • Photo exhibition celebrates the contribution of women to the Brotherhood
  • Free pic up and drop off make donating goods easy

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Building better lives together December 2015

In this edition

  • Circus spectacular celebrates life and promotes positive ageing
  • A little kindness goes a long way
  • Lifetime of skills benefits students
  • Donated toys bring Christmas joy
  • The art of giving
  • Gerard Tucker’s legacy continues to inspire others

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Building better lives together September 2015

In this edition

  • Family centre opens on Melbourne's fast-growing fringe in Mernda
  • Our research shows many Australians are excuded from the mainstream
  • Celebrating our volunteers
  • Anti-poverty week
  • Community stores need your donations
  • Thank you for making our Winter Appeal a success

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Building better lives together June 2015

In this edition

  • Vital skills help young job seekers pursue their career goals
  • AGL cooks up a storm
  • Our research maps the persistence of poverty
  • Over half a century of giving
  • Youth Foyer offers hope for the future
  • New ways to connect through study and work

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