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.

Dancers at the Celebration of Life

Held twice a year, our Celebration of Life parties at the Collingwood Town Hall attract guests from aged care residences in Melbourne, including those from our own Sambell Lodge and Sumner House, and our Coolibah Centre which runs day activities for seniors.

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Alison, Ange and kids posing for the camera.

Angela and Alison have become good friends through our Growing Learners program, recognised for its outstanding contribution in the field of early childhood services - a finalist in the 2017 Victorian Early Years Awards, announced this week.

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We’re delighted to take part in the Victorian Seniors Festival, with a range of activities across Melbourne throughout October.

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A young woman standing against a blue wall, holding a black and white tote bag

As a proud sponsor of Anti-Poverty Week, 15-21 October, we ask you to take part in one of the many activities we’re running.

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Saba Alemayoh, Hana Assafiri and Hutch Hussein standing together and smiling at the awards

Five businesses in Melbourne’s north have been recognised at our 2017 Northern Multicultural Small Business Awards. We run the awards in partnership with the City of Whittlesea and Small Chilli Marketing, and they are held as part of the Small Business Victoria Festival.

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The First Book of Judgements

Staff sorting through donations to the Brotherhood in Melbourne have come across what appears to be a rare and possibly valuable donation – a book with a publication date of 1655. ‘The First Book of Judgements’ was printed by Thomas Roycroft in London, England, and appears to be a record of the outcomes of legal cases in London prior to 1655.

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Singing performers dressed in costume at Coolibah's Got Talent 2017

Our Coolibah Centre for seniors in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy recently held its annual ‘Coolibah’s Got Talent’. It brought together centre members and other Brotherhood program participants as well as staff, volunteers and friends.

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Our Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers program has assisted hundreds of asylum seekers to find their first jobs in Australia. Brotherhood researchers, John van Kooy and Agathe Randrianarisoa, have evaluated the program’s first phase success.

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Congratulations to Vivian, Linda and Sobeydo who have been awarded the David Sier Fellowship. The newly launched annual fellowship aims to create small change for recipients from a migrant, refugee and asylum seeker background.

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Trudy, featured in the article, pictured with her two dogs

‘I arrived at Spencer Street Station in February, with only the contents of a suitcase and a tea chest to my name, and knowing no-one.’

Trudy Forster is a Brotherhood bequestor. Here she shares the story of how she became a supporter of the Brotherhood and the work we do.

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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