We work to include refugees, migrants and asylum seekers – and their communities – in the economic and social life of Australia.
Our services that assist individuals, families and communities to settle in this country are the result of experience stretching back to 1956 in supporting both new arrivals and more established disadvantaged groups.
The refugee and migrant experience can have a significant impact on families, often presenting challenges and hardship due to families suffering trauma, loss and displacement.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence provides vital support for children and families of migrant and refugee backgrounds. Our services are research and evidence based and help families build stronger, happier and healthier lives in their new country.
INTEGRATED FAMILY SERVICES(03) 8412 8709Our program works with culturally-diverse families to provide support with parenting and child well-being during times of stress or difficulty. Read more »
REFUGEE CHILD OUTREACH PROGRAM(03) 9422 5650The Refugee Child Outreach program helps to meet the health, development and settlement needs of newly arrived children living in inner Melbourne, by working with their families and linking them to appropriate services.Read more »
PARENT SCHOOL CONNECT(03) 9543 1324Parent School Connect aims to engage parents from refugee, asylum seeker and migrant backgrounds with their children’s learning and promote shared responsibility for education among parents and teachers.Read more »
Refugees, migrants and asylum seekers bring to their new community strengths, skills and the drive to succeed. The Brotherhood provides mentoring, workshops and individualised support to assist new arrivals to navigate education, training and employment systems in Australia.
EMPLOYMENT PATHWAYS FOR YOUNG ASYLUM SEEKERS(03) 9422 5650EPYAS provides workshops for young people aged 18 to 30 years to learn about training, working and volunteering in Australia.Read more »
GIVEN THE CHANCE(03) 9288 9946Given the Chance has been designed to assist marginalised job seekers into work, support employers to grow and diversify their workforce, and foster social benefit and inclusion in workplace communities.Read more »
RESOURCE YOUTH(03) 9422 5650Resource works with young people to empower them to make informed decisions about their education, training, employment and volunteering pathways.Read more »
STEPPING STONES TO SMALL BUSINESS(03) 9422 5650Our Stepping Stones program offers mentoring training and support to women from a refugee, asylum seeker and migrant background, to help them develop new skills and increase their participation in business and the community.Read more »
YOUTH TRANSITION SUPPORT PILOT PROGRAM(03) 9483 2498The Youth Transition pilot program aims to help refugees and vulnerable migrants, aged 15-25, to get the skills they need for a job, and take part in the community through work, education and sport.Read more »
Taking a community development approach, the Brotherhood of St Laurence works alongside refugee, migrant and asylum seeker communities to understand their aspirations and build their capacity for social and economic participation.
BRAIN BANK(03) 8412 8704The Brain Bank program matches skilled volunteers from the community with newly arrived refugees and migrants seeking mentoring or assistance to develop community projects.Read more »
REFUGEE ACTION PROGRAM(03) 9422 5650The RAP program connects refugee communities with service providers and resources to address issues and concerns that arise in accessing services in an unfamiliar system. Read more »
CROSS CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS TRAINING(03) 9422 5650Cross Cultural Responsiveness Training is offered to service providers who want to improve their ability to work with culturally diverse individuals and families.Read more »
COMMUNITY PROPOSAL PILOTThe Community Proposal Pilot is a national trial by the Australian Government to enable communities to assist people to resettle in Australia under its Humanitarian Program. Expressions of interest for the July 2015–June 2016 round are now closed. Read more »
We are committed, through our integrated service centres, to helping local communities dealing with poverty and disadvantage to succeed and prosper. In particular we are focused on strengthening areas on the outskirts of Melbourne and country towns where the lack of jobs and services holds back individuals, families and communities.
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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.
Acknowledgement of country
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.