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 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 has long relied on the generosity of volunteers' time and skill to assist in delivering services and programs, or working across our op shops. Most of our volunteering opportunities do not require qualifications, while others demand specialised skills.

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Topics:  Research, Volunteering

Hunting for work

Statistics are important, but so are the human stories. Kevin Sanders, 21, agreed to tell his story to the media this week as part of our ongoing campaign for youth employment.

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Topics:  Youth unemployment

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, 32-year-old Maggie has been belly dancing since she was two. 'Every time I dance, I am a new person. If I'm sad, it makes me happy. Dancing is my life,' she says.

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Stories from Saver Plus

Saver Plus, Australia's largest and longest running financial education and matched savings program, marks its 10 year anniversary in 2013.

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We are lucky that at the Brotherhood we hear all sorts of wonderful stories, whether it be someone who has come to volunteer with us that has gone on to get paid work or the stories of 'stuff' that is donated to our retail business on a daily basis.

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Topics:  Community stores

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.