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.


Nineteen-year-old Ethopian man, Obsa, wanted to become an electrician, but lacked the skills and qualifications to get a job in the industry. Without this basic foundation, Obsa struggled to capture the attention of employers seeking new apprentices. To gain the necessary skills and get a foot in the door, Obsa joined the Brotherhood's Given The Chance program.

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The Brotherhood's Community Stores receive tonnes of donations from the public each week, but no donation has left the workers so intrigued as the mysterious item they dubbed, the 'Collins stick'.

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Topics:  Community stores

Harriet came to Australia from Zambia at the age of 18. After she arrived she worked hard to complete a university degree in commerce with the dream of a career in accounting and finance, but a serious car accident left her struggling with trauma and financial issues.

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Topics:  Given the Chance

In an increasingly competitive global market for skilled older workers, Australia should significantly revise or remove entirely its age restrictions on workers (up until a couple of months ago this was 45, and now it has just been increased to 50 largely to accommodate the needs of the mining industry).

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Topics:  Inclusive ageing

My name’s Georgia. I’ve been asked to share with you my experience working within the Brotherhood and I hope that what I share is informative, inspiring and useful.

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Topics:  Inclusive ageing

I’m Abraham, Community Development Coordinator at the African Australian Community Centre in Footscray (know as ‘the AACC’). The AACC assists African Australians in Melbourne’s west by helping individuals and families to settle in the area and build a positive future for themselves. The AACC is a joint partnership between the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Anglican Parish of Footscray.

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My name is Aysun and I, like many people, have had difficulty saving money. That is until I joined Saver Plus seven years ago, a joint program between the Brotherhood and ANZ. I’m now employed as a Saver Plus Worker, helping others to save their money.

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The coming together of inclusion, notions of sustainable growth and population ageing creates an opportunity to re-think existing assumptions in social policy. Inclusive growth, for the purpose of argument outlined below, is taken to mean a form of cultural adaptation that maximises benefits to older citizens and the contribution of older adults to an intergenerational society.

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Topics:  Inclusive ageing

On the morning of Tuesday May 15, staff and clients at the Brotherhood’s head office in Fitzroy were in a fashion flurry because a well-known style icon would soon be in their midst. 'She will definitely be wearing teal,' commented one employee with fervour. 'Not a chance' shouted another, 'she’s always in natural tones for these kinds of events. Do you think she’ll wear a hat?'

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The daily hardships of disadvantaged people rarely make the evening news. The quiet but critical stories of families going without are not as interesting as celebrity excess. Job-seekers trying yet again to find employment come behind reports of a Cabinet reshuffle, young people coping with dental problems so painful they can’t work doesn’t compete with a sporting hero’s latest win. The loneliness of the aged, disabled and their carers is always eclipsed by a major event.

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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.

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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.