Media Releases

The Brotherhood of St Laurence issues media releases on a range of topics relating to poverty and disadvantage.


For archived media releases, please contact the library: library(at)bsl.org.au

For media inquiries, contact the Communications team on:

0428 391 117
0499 300 982
media(at)bsl.org.au

To be added to our distribution list for media releases email media(at)bsl.org.au




Getting a driver's licence is a big step for anyone, but for the nine graduates of the Sunshine-based Drive to Thrive program it is a huge leap forward.

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Topics:  Refugees, Training

The Brotherhood of St Laurence op shop in Grovedale is marking a decade of serving the community in true local style. Run by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers, the iconic warehouse-sized store represents more than low priced clothing, furniture and electrical appliances.

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Topics:  Community stores

Research from The Brotherhood of St Laurence has revealed that actions to reduce energy bills can not only save money, but can improve home comfort and even health and well being.

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A $55,000 Australian Government grant will provide a new playground and outdoor barbecue area at the Brotherhood of St Laurence-auspiced African Australian Community Centre in Footscray.

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Leaders of Anglican Church caring agencies meeting today condemned the Coalition policy announced concerning asylum seekers, as "a retrospective, cruel and unnecessary policy targeting vulnerable and dispossessed people."

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Topics:  Asylum seekers

A seven-metre banner has been installed on the spire of St Paul's cathedral, saying 'Let's Fully Welcome Refugees'. The banner is sponsored by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.

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Topics:  Refugees

The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes today's official opening of the new Connections@Craigieburn centre that will serve the Craigieburn community.

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An innovative service which provides accommodation and education opportunities for young people who want to study but can't live at home was today opened by the Victorian Minister for Housing, the Hon Wendy Lovell MLC and the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Hon Peter Hall MLC.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the Federal Government's opening of the Expression of Interest Process for the expansion of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) in 2014.

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Topics:  HIPPY

The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes today's announcement by the Federal Government of a significant expansion of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) program to support Indigenous families in an additional 50 communities across Australia.

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Topics:  HIPPY

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