Building better lives together

Our quarterly Building better lives together newsletter is for our valued friends and supporters. It features stories about Brotherhood programs that are helping people and communities overcome disadvantage.

Building better lives together December 2019

In this edition

  • Thank you for caring
  • Getting ready for the new school year
  • Have you met Susie?
  • Last minute Christmas gift idea
  • Did you know?
  • David Scott School 2019
  • You can support refugee families to settle and prosper
  • Engaging Social Change
  • Moving together in Anti-Poverty Week
  • New Brotherhood Community Store has opened!

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Building better lives together September 2019

In this edition

  • Using lived experience to help others
  • Thank you
  • Proof that our Education First Youth Foyer model works
  • Getting help with growing up
  • From high and dry to safe and supported
  • HIPPY Age 3 extension trial
  • Will you join us this Anti-Poverty Week? 
  • Sambell Oration to focus on a just future in insecure times

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Building better lives together June 2019

In this edition

  • A space for young people to thrive
  • Learning from the past to prevent poverty in the future
  • Volunteering: the whole community benefits
  • Breakfast Club connects local community
  • Ian’s recipe for a life without loneliness
  • Aaron Quarrell, Youth Mayor of Frankston
  • Our community stores network is growing
  • VET vital to early school leavers

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Building better lives together March 2019

In this edition

  • Mother of five makes leaps and bounds
  • Campaign highlights youth unemployment
  • Paying homage to one of the Brotherhood’s most influential female leaders
  • A special thank you
  • Catching up with members of the Brotherhood’s Coolibah Centre
  • Stepping Stones to small businesses and big hearts
  • We welcome the aged care royal commission
  • Opportunities abound from the Youth Transitions Support Pilot
  • After a lifetime of work, women are more likely to be poor

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Building better lives together December 2018

In this edition

  • Results in: Rush to enrol at David Scott School
  • Hope Shines
  • Homework Club opening windows to the world for young refugees
  • David Scott School 2018
  • A great education brings greater opportunities
  • Urban Camps
  • Walking the walk for Anti-Poverty Week
  • Research and Policy Centre update: Lowering energy bills through research and action

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Building better lives together September 2018

In this edition

  • Hume Afghan Association is a driving force for the community
  • Sambell Lodge Update
  • Celebrating a milestone program for refugees and asylum seekers
  • New Futures looking bright
  • Father Tucker’s legacy continues to inspire support
  • Giving parents a helping hand
  • Michael’s Story
  • Research and Policy Centre update: Enhancing employment services for older jobseekers

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Building better lives together June 2018

In this edition

  • Stepping Stones participant steps up to the plate
  • Executive Director's message
  • Sambell Oration 2018
  • Volunteer makes links through learning
  • Saver Plus families build financial skills for life
  • Youth Foyers puts young people on path to brighter futures
  • Brad's story
  • Growing Learners: a '2Gen' approach

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Building better lives together March 2018

In this edition

  • Coolibah Centre: serving a hot meal with a side of internet skills
  • Executive Director’s Message
  • A little help goes a long way
  • Volunteer embraces companionship and sense of community
  • Honour for contributor
  • Social inclusion is key to our approach
  • Home sweet home at Sambell Lodge

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Building better lives together December 2017

In this edition

  • Our programs for young refugees lay the path for a new life in Australia
  • Youth Foyers foster path to brighter future
  • Volunteer believes in the joy of giving
  • Executive Director: leadership transition
  • David Scott School plants seeds of change for struggling youth
  • Key challenges for students experiencing disadvantage

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Building better lives together September 2017

In this edition

  • David Scott School inspires young people to achieve
  • Decades of dedication to the Brotherhood
  • Education key to a brighter future
  • How are low income households coping with financial uncertainty?
  • Preventing poverty: Brotherhood's founding principle

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Building better lives together June 2017

In this edition

  • Homework Club offers a helping hand
  • Brotherhood sparks hope for asylum seeker
  • Refugees and asylum seekers are pushed to the margins of the labour market
  • Employment program provides a smooth transition to a bright future
  • Carpet dreams fly with the help of Stepping Stones
  • Putting a face to the refugee experience
  • Volunteering opens new worlds for everyone

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Building better lives together March 2017

In this edition

  • You're never too learn the recorder!
  • Bridging the gap between young and old
  • Often it's the small, human things that make the difference
  • I can share my love for people
  • The role of regulation in aged and dementia care
  • Returning a kindness

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Building better lives together December 2016

In this edition

  • Growing a community
  • How can we make sure children get the best start in life?
  • Jindi – a community hub striving for change across two generations
  • A life rebuilt, with a helping hand from the Brotherhood
  • Working with young children
  • Hope Prize winner and anthology announced.

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Building better lives together September 2016

In this edition

  • A public service career blooms through a Brotherhood traineeship
  • Learning from others to improve services
  • Evening up the odds. Youth employment and economic security
  • Supporting employment outcomes for young people
  • Get a head start on your spring clean!

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Building better lives together June 2016

In this edition

  • Youth Foyer resident’s mural unveiled at Brotherhood’s Fitzroy office
  • Shonna shines as the centrepiece of our 2016 Winter Appeal
  • Collaboration is key
  • Celebrating our volunteers
  • Brotherhood Books

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Building better lives together March 2016

In this edition

  • Mind the gaps: caring for a husband with younger onset dementia
  • Support for youth with launch of Transition to Work
  • Still not equal: the accumulation of poverty across women’s lives
  • Photo exhibition celebrates the contribution of women to the Brotherhood
  • Free pick up and drop off make donating goods easy

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Building better lives together December 2015

In this edition

  • Circus spectacular celebrates life and promotes positive ageing
  • A little kindness goes a long way
  • Lifetime of skills benefits students
  • Donated toys bring Christmas joy
  • The art of giving
  • Gerard Tucker’s legacy continues to inspire others

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Building better lives together September 2015

In this edition

  • Family centre opens on Melbourne's fast-growing fringe in Mernda
  • Our research shows many Australians are excuded from the mainstream
  • Celebrating our volunteers
  • Anti-poverty week
  • Community stores need your donations
  • Thank you for making our Winter Appeal a success

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Building better lives together June 2015

In this edition

  • Vital skills help young job seekers pursue their career goals
  • AGL cooks up a storm
  • Our research maps the persistence of poverty
  • Over half a century of giving
  • Youth Foyer offers hope for the future
  • New ways to connect through study and work

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