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.


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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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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"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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In her book Migration, settlement and the concepts of house and home, Brotherhood senior researcher Dr Iris Levin examines different groups of migrants who have settled in two major metropolitan cities, at two distinct periods, and their experience of building a home.

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This footage was too much for the Victorian premier, in the 1940s. Our new, remastered film shows how Brotherhood founder, Father Gerard Tucker, used film to change the course of Melbourne and rid the inner city of its slums.

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Kirsty Biswas is making a splash in her new job, overcoming long term unemployment through a program that’s helped more than 160 young people like her in the Melbourne suburb of Frankston and adjacent Mornington Peninsula since it started a year ago.

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After years struggling to find work, Pakistani migrant, Muhammad Khan, is thrilled with his new job as a security officer with Wilson Security, while Hayden Anderson is saving up for his first overseas trip after starting work with Unified Security Group.

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Close to 33,000 people nationwide have reaped the rewards of Saver Plus since the Brotherhood started the program with the ANZ bank in 2003.

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With the Paralympics winding up in Rio, and surfing just given the nod as an Olympic sport, we thought it was a good time to tell you about Cheryl’s big surfing adventure.

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Congratulations Barry and Kanchana, winners of the Brotherhood’s Coolibah Centre 2016 table tennis grand final. The best-of-three grand final contest came down to the wire – the pair narrowly beating Coolibah members Yu Zhi and Sok Lan.

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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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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.