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.

'Music has been very, really, been my survival,' says Ajak in a SBS video.

'People come to Australia, new, we are very isolated, and I think it's a good way to connect the communities,' says Brotherhood of St Laurence project worker Ajak Kwai in a video published last week by SBS.

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Wurundjeri Elder Colin Hunter welcomed guests with a smoking ceremony

Former state ward Kutcha Edwards is a member of the Stolen Generations. Edwards gave a powerful presentation at the Brotherhood's Sorry Day event in Melbourne on May 26, 2015.

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'We could not be the type of organisation we aspire to be without all of our volunteers', said Brotherhood of St Laurence executive director Tony Nicholson, at an event to commend the work of the Brotherhood's 1,121 volunteers.

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Topics: Volunteering
Bernie, a member of our Coolibah day centre, shares his personal story in this video.

'I came here 11 years ago and I didn't have much compassion in my heart,' says Bernie Bowden, 76, in a short-film by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

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David Quinlan

David only ever had casual work – a couple of weeks here, a month there. Volunteering for the Brotherhood of St Laurence, however, changed all that. It led to his first permanent job. Best of all, he enjoys it.

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Topics: Volunteering
In his letters Tucker draws attention to the unbreakable bond between those who served. (Picture from Tucker's war time diary)

'When war broke out in 1914 I wanted, like most other young men, to be 'in it'.' Long before Gerard Kennedy Tucker founded the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 1930, he was, in his own words, committed to the 'great struggle against tyranny and oppression'.

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an elderly man sitting in a chair

Aged care services are changing and Michael's journey to his first Pride March is part of that change. He was able to attend his first march, which is part of Melbourne's gay and lesbian arts and culture festival Midsumma, with the assistance from the Coolibah Centre.

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Categories: Inclusive ageing

At this time of year many of us look forward to celebrating the festive season with relatives and friends. But for some folk this season raises apprehension and dread. For them it reinforces their poverty and isolation when it seems that everyone in the world is enjoying and sharing food, gifts and celebrations in their family and social circles.

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You’d be surprised to learn how much poverty there is today in Australia. But some people don't have to be reminded: they are living this reality daily. Take Marree 47, who works as a cleaner. She's one of the most resilient people you could meet.

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Topics: Poverty

Asylum seekers witnessed democracy in action on election day, Saturday November 29, when they supported new and emerging communities to vote at several inner-urban voting centres.

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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