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 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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Congratulations to Aaron Quarrell, recently appointed Youth Mayor of Frankston, in Melbourne’s outer south east. Aaron’s career progress has been remarkable since he first came to the Brotherhood in 2017 to take part in a youth employment program.

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Revisiting Henderson Books stacked in a pile

A new joint Brotherhood/Melbourne Institute book explores how we can shape a future social security system that enables people to thrive and escape poverty rather than be caught in a safety net.

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In 1969, a group formed in Mt Waverley to raise funds for the Brotherhood of St Laurence. After running social fundraisers, the group opened an op shop which continues to thrive to this day in the Mt Waverley Village shopping centre.

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While most Year 12 students are focussed on study and surviving their final year of school, Mandy Petros is broadening her horizons by volunteering as a youth advocate with the Brotherhood’s ReSource Youth program.

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A woman feeding a calf milk

In communities affected by catastrophic floods, it takes more than money and hard work to begin the long recovery process.

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Jaydah and Namarra are working with our Education First Youth Foyer program after completing a paid internship which links pre-professional Indigenous university students with employers.

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Lady who did the SaverPlus program

More than 28,000 women have reaped the rewards of our Saver Plus program since it launched in 2003.

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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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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