Read our blog for human stories and on-the-ground insights into our work to make lasting change for people experiencing disadvantage.
My name is Frances and I'm from the Brotherhood's Financial Inclusion team. I have recently embarked on a new and exciting pilot project, the Aged Care Financial Health Worker Project. It takes a fresh approach to helping older Australians deal with their financial circumstances.
Job opportunities in the aged care sector are burgeoning as Australia's population ages. The Brotherhood's Carlton Work and Learning Centre recognises this and is helping connect disadvantaged jobseekers with opportunities in the industry.
Ahoy, I'm Thomas and this year I participated in the Brotherhood's youth transition program in Laverton, Connecting Young People to Real Jobs.
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.
Nineteen-year-old Ethopian man, Obsa, wanted to become an electrician, but lacked the skills and qualifications to get a job in the industry. Without this basic foundation, Obsa struggled to capture the attention of employers seeking new apprentices. To gain the necessary skills and get a foot in the door, Obsa joined the Brotherhood's Given The Chance program.
The Brotherhood's Community Stores receive tonnes of donations from the public each week, but no donation has left the workers so intrigued as the mysterious item they dubbed, the 'Collins stick'.
Harriet came to Australia from Zambia at the age of 18. After she arrived she worked hard to complete a university degree in commerce with the dream of a career in accounting and finance, but a serious car accident left her struggling with trauma and financial issues.
In an increasingly competitive global market for skilled older workers, Australia should significantly revise or remove entirely its age restrictions on workers (up until a couple of months ago this was 45, and now it has just been increased to 50 largely to accommodate the needs of the mining industry).
My name’s Georgia. I’ve been asked to share with you my experience working within the Brotherhood and I hope that what I share is informative, inspiring and useful.
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.