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 rare James Bond novel worth thousands of dollars has been donated to Brotherhood Books – a Brotherhood social enterprise.

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Leaving a gift to the Brotherhood.

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We have 21 community stores across Melbourne and in Geelong, and new volunteers are always welcome.

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Maddison is looking forward to a brighter smile and renewed confidence in her job search thanks to our dental program.

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Initial findings of research into our national HIPPY early learning and parenting program indicate children’s learning outcomes improve by doing HIPPY.

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Joseph Youhana brings a unique perspective to his work at the Brotherhood of St Laurence: he has been a refugee and has now stepped up to assist refugees to settle in Australia. This week he returned to work in Melbourne’s north after attending a major United Nations conference in Geneva, Switzerland, exploring the challenges experienced by refugees.

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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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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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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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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