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.


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Learning new saving habits on a tight budget and building a buffer to cope with unexpected bills are just two ways the life-changing Saver Plus program has helped over 45,000 people on lower incomes.

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Trying new things. That’s an important part of an employment program for young people the Brotherhood runs in the outer Melbourne suburb, Frankston, which has a youth unemployment rate among the highest in Australia.

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A group of nearly two dozen Chinese-speaking older people are realising friendship is at the touch of their fingertips as they chat and swap stories on their iPads.

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When Erick first got in touch with the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Given the Chance team, he had no job, no food and was frantically worried about how he would support his young family.

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photo of foyer residents Kiara and Ralph

An evaluation of a program that focuses on education to tackle youth homelessness has shown great outcomes for the young people who take part.

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‘Since I was a young child, I have known that my parents lived by an ethic of hard work in the service of others.’ Dr Jeremiah Brown was recently announced as the first recipient of the ANZ Tony Nicholson fellowship.

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What can our society do to tackle the epidemic of loneliness?

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A plate of food at an Iftar Dinner

The Brotherhood of St Laurence hosted its first youth-focussed Iftar Dinner this week. We met at our Broadmeadows office to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan and gather with others in the local community.

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The tailored approach of our David Scott School in educating young people who have become disengaged from the mainstream school system is yielding positive results, with a big expansion underway.

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Established in 1946, our Coolibah Social Connection Hub is celebrating 73 years. A collection of historic photos is now on display at the Coolibah in Fitzroy. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Brotherhood founder Father Gerard Tucker opened what was then called the Coolibah Club on April 27, 1946.

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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