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.

Job opportunities in the aged care sector are burgeoning as Australia's population ages. The Brotherhood's Carlton Work and Learning Centre recognises this and is helping connect disadvantaged jobseekers with opportunities in the industry.

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Ahoy, I'm Thomas and this year I participated in the Brotherhood's youth transition program in Laverton, Connecting Young People to Real Jobs.

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Wendy Pearce reunited with 'the Collins stick'

The mysterious wartime keepsake, dubbed 'the Collins stick', that was discovered amid tonnes of donations at the Brotherhood's Brunswick sorting centre, has been returned to the family.

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Obsa constructing a pine picnic table

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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Cath Sanderson from the Brotherhood's sorting facility with the mysterious stick

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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Harriet Mwandila works at her desk

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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an elderly man in a blue background

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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Qualified health and fitness coach, Georgia, works with an elderly individual at the gym

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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Abraham Mamer with his award

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 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