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.

Michael Horn presented at The Brotherhood of St Laurence during Poverty Week 2013. Here are some of his observations…

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Father Tucker's great nephew, Matthew Scott

Around 70 people took part in a social justice walk on 17 October 2014 as part of Anti-Poverty Week. The group traced the footsteps of the Brotherhood of St Laurence's founder, Father Tucker, and other great social justice innovators through the once poverty-stricken streets of Fitzroy.

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Children standing in Atherton Street, 1961

Fitzroy's Brunswick Street hasn't always been a hipster haunt. In 1933 it was one of Melbourne's worst slums and it was here Father Gerard Tucker chose to help its poorest residents, founding the organisation the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Victoria.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence has long relied on the generosity of volunteers' time and skill to assist in delivering services and programs, or working across our op shops. Most of our volunteering opportunities do not require qualifications, while others demand specialised skills.

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Hunting for work

Statistics are important, but so are the human stories. Kevin Sanders, 21, agreed to tell his story to the media this week as part of our ongoing campaign for youth employment.

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Maggie teaching in her weekly belly dancing class at the Coolibah Day Centre

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, 32-year-old Maggie has been belly dancing since she was two. 'Every time I dance, I am a new person. If I'm sad, it makes me happy. Dancing is my life,' she says.

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Stories from Saver Plus

Aysun Acar, Brotherhood's Saver Plus worker teaches a class

Saver Plus, Australia's largest and longest running financial education and matched savings program, marks its 10 year anniversary in 2013.

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We are lucky that at the Brotherhood we hear all sorts of wonderful stories, whether it be someone who has come to volunteer with us that has gone on to get paid work or the stories of 'stuff' that is donated to our retail business on a daily basis.

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Christmas is a time for fun and laughter, but there are many families who just can't afford to buy toys or books for their children during the festive season.

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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