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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Maggie teaching in her weekly belly dancing class at the Coolibah Day Centre

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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Christmas is a time for fun and laughter, but there are many families who just can't afford to buy toys or books for their children during the festive season.

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Abraham Mamer with his award

I’m Abraham, Community Development Coordinator at the African Australian Community Centre in Footscray (know as ‘the AACC’). The AACC assists African Australians in Melbourne’s west by helping individuals and families to settle in the area and build a positive future for themselves. The AACC is a joint partnership between the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Anglican Parish of Footscray.

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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