On the ground: 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.


Krystle McKinley from the Gold Coast in Queensland has three children in school this year, and her eldest daughter is set to start high school

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About 50 families attended the Brotherhood’s first ParentsNext community barbeque in Craigieburn this week.

Parents and children came along from all three areas where we operate the project in Melbourne’s outer north – Craigieburn, Broadmeadows and Sunbury.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence has launched an intern program with South East Water in Frankston, and we are urging other businesses in the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula area on Melbourne’s outskirts to get on board to tackle high rates of youth unemployment.

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Belal el-Baba, 21, spoke at a Brotherhood of St Laurence youth employment forum earlier this year. In our new short video, Belal makes some pressing points about a rapidly changing jobs market.

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The cards we’ve made this year are best yet I reckon,’ says Pat, a member of our Coolibah day centre for seniors.

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Congratulations to our Frankston High St Centre team for two accolades at the recent Corrections Victoria Community Work Partnership Awards for the best program in Victoria’s south east as well as in a particular project category – ‘projects involving diversity, Indigenous or age of offenders or prisoners’.

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"As we move to a knowledge and service-based economy, employers demand more education and skills from all workers, and low-skilled entry-level opportunities for young people are declining in numbers," say three senior members of the Brotherhood of St Laurence in an article on Australia's growing youth unemployment crisis.

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In her book Migration, settlement and the concepts of house and home, Brotherhood senior researcher Dr Iris Levin examines different groups of migrants who have settled in two major metropolitan cities, at two distinct periods, and their experience of building a home.

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This footage was too much for the Victorian premier, in the 1940s. Our new, remastered film shows how Brotherhood founder, Father Gerard Tucker, used film to change the course of Melbourne and rid the inner city of its slums.

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Kirsty Biswas is making a splash in her new job, overcoming long term unemployment through a program that’s helped more than 160 young people like her in the Melbourne suburb of Frankston and adjacent Mornington Peninsula since it started a year ago.

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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.