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.

‘I am welcomed with the best of energies!’ Itsaso is from Spain and provides administration support as a volunteer with our financial education program, Saver Plus.

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A mother and her three daughters smiling at the camera standing around their dining table

Paula has turned her finances around with the budgeting and saving skills she developed doing our Saver Plus program.

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Three smiling people standing outside on a sunlit patio

Trent and Carley have overcome a range of challenges that threatened to disrupt their education, but have found support and a new focus through our Education First Youth Foyer program.

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Two smartly dressed women standing on front of the logo for the Brotherhood of St Laurence

Our Given the Chance employment program is working with a growing number of employers to get people into work. People like Raji.

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Front cover of 1965 edition of "The Man with the Golden Gun" showing golden embossed gun

A rare James Bond novel worth thousands of dollars has been donated to Brotherhood Books – a Brotherhood social enterprise.

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An elderly woman standing in a sunlit garden

Leaving a gift to the Brotherhood.

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Two people browsing the clothing racks in a Brotherhood op shop

We have 21 community stores across Melbourne and in Geelong, and new volunteers are always welcome.

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A young woman with blonde hair, standing in front of a beach

Maddison is looking forward to a brighter smile and renewed confidence in her job search thanks to our dental program.

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Initial findings of research into our national HIPPY early learning and parenting program indicate children’s learning outcomes improve by doing HIPPY.

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Joseph Youhana brings a unique perspective to his work at the Brotherhood of St Laurence: he has been a refugee and has now stepped up to assist refugees to settle in Australia. This week he returned to work in Melbourne’s north after attending a major United Nations conference in Geneva, Switzerland, exploring the challenges experienced by refugees.

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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