Read our blog for human stories and on-the-ground insights into our work to make lasting change for people experiencing disadvantage.
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.
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.
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.
This week is MoneySmart Week which, in many ways, exemplifies the Brotherhood's mission for an Australia free from poverty, where Australians on lower incomes can be provided with increased opportunities.
Single unemployed people are entitled to $35 a day to pay for food, clothing, transport and bills on the Federal Government's Newstart allowance. Could you survive on this?