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.

On the eve of International Women’s Day, we applaud the 149 entrepreneurs from 45 different countries who’ve empowered themselves by taking part in our Stepping Stones to Small Business program.

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David Sier mentoring Justina, a participant of our Brain Bank program

A new fellowship honours the legacy of a cherished volunteer, who worked with one of the programs we run to assist migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

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Dr Rhonda Galbally

Dr Rhonda Galbally a leading rights advocate who played a key role in the campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. In December 2016 Rhonda delivered the Sambell Oration, the Brotherhood’s major annual event for promoting a fairer Australia.

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Krystle McKinley with family

Krystle McKinley from the Gold Coast in Queensland has three children in school this year, and her eldest daughter is set to start high school

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Photo of Jafar with Tiger face paint

About 50 families attended the Brotherhood’s first ParentsNext community barbeque in Craigieburn this week.

Parents and children came along from all three areas where we operate the project in Melbourne’s outer north – Craigieburn, Broadmeadows and Sunbury.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence has launched an intern program with South East Water in Frankston, and we are urging other businesses in the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula area on Melbourne’s outskirts to get on board to tackle high rates of youth unemployment.

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Belal el-Baba, 21, spoke at a Brotherhood of St Laurence youth employment forum earlier this year. In our new short video, Belal makes some pressing points about a rapidly changing jobs market.

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Coolibah members with Christmas cards

The cards we’ve made this year are best yet I reckon,’ says Pat, a member of our Coolibah day centre for seniors.

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Photograph John Catto Smith

Congratulations to our Frankston High St Centre team for two accolades at the recent Corrections Victoria Community Work Partnership Awards for the best program in Victoria’s south east as well as in a particular project category – ‘projects involving diversity, Indigenous or age of offenders or prisoners’.

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Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas satirising youth job interview scenario

"As we move to a knowledge and service-based economy, employers demand more education and skills from all workers, and low-skilled entry-level opportunities for young people are declining in numbers," say three senior members of the Brotherhood of St Laurence in an article on Australia's growing youth unemployment crisis.

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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.

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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