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.


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 drive to succeed stands out among many of the recruits Woolworths has hired via a program that helps people seeking asylum in Australia get a foothold in the workforce.

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Dads were lavished with hugs and smiles at the Jindi Family and Community Centre Father’s Day celebration on the weekend, at Mernda in Melbourne’s outer north.

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Congratulations from us at the Brotherhood of St Laurence to the winners of the inaugural Northern Multicultural Small Business Awards.

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National Op Shop week is upon us and here at the Brotherhood we think that is reason to kick up your vintage heels and celebrate!

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Our aged care resident Barry was treated like a king when he watched the Sydney Swans play at the Sydney Cricket Ground last weekend. As a guest of the club, he feasted on pastries and other treats in the members’ box, and even met Swans ruckman Kurt Tippett.

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Wherever Louise goes, Arthur is always by her side. Louise Pearson, a Brotherhood local area coordinator based at Greensborough in Melbourne’s north-east, describes her guide dog Arthur with affection as a ‘crazy cracker’.

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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.

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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.