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.


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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Topics:  Social inclusion

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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In October, two of our VCAL students received an award at at the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula VCAL Awards. Luke Batty (VCAL level intermediate) and Kia Milburn (VCAL level senior) were part of about 40 students in the region to receive an award this year.

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Topics:  Education, Young people

Refugee and humanitarian arrivals to Australia in recent years are likely to have experienced greater instability and disruption in their lives before migrating compared with earlier arrivals. They are more likely to have spent more time in dangerous and disruptive environments. They are less likely to have worked in the year before arrival and less likely to have worked in skilled occupations in their former country. All these factors work against refugees’ chances of labour market success.

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When some of us think about dementia, it often conjures images of older people. But did you know that there are more than 24,000 Australians under the age of 65 - and some as young as 30 - that have been diagnosed with younger onset dementia (YOD)?

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Topics:  Dementia care

The African Australian Community Centre, a partnership between the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Anglican Parish of Footscray that assists with the settlement of the African Australian community in Melbourne’s west, launched its new community garden earlier this month with an impressive working bee worthy of the team from television series Backyard Blitz.

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Michael Horn presented at The Brotherhood of St Laurence during Poverty Week 2013. Here are some of his observations…

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Around 70 people took part in a social justice walk on 17 October 2014 as part of Anti-Poverty Week. The group traced the footsteps of the Brotherhood of St Laurence's founder, Father Tucker, and other great social justice innovators through the once poverty-stricken streets of Fitzroy.

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Fitzroy's Brunswick Street hasn't always been a hipster haunt. In 1933 it was one of Melbourne's worst slums and it was here Father Gerard Tucker chose to help its poorest residents, founding the organisation the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Victoria.

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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

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.