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.

Wendy Pearce reunited with 'the Collins stick'

The mysterious wartime keepsake, dubbed 'the Collins stick', that was discovered amid tonnes of donations at the Brotherhood's Brunswick sorting centre, has been returned to the family.

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The Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO arrives at the Brotherhood's Coolibah Centre

On the morning of Tuesday May 15, staff and clients at the Brotherhood’s head office in Fitzroy were in a fashion flurry because a well-known style icon would soon be in their midst. 'She will definitely be wearing teal,' commented one employee with fervour. 'Not a chance' shouted another, 'she’s always in natural tones for these kinds of events. Do you think she’ll wear a hat?'

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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