Brotherhood of St Laurence
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is defined by the people that make up its organisation. With 600 employees and 900 volunteers across more than 50 sites, together they strive to help people experiencing disadvantage through research and policy, services and advocacy.
As well as providing services and programs for families and elderly on low incomes, refugees, young people and the unemployed, the BSL's people research the causes and effects of poverty and advocate national and local policy solutions for people who are disadvantaged.
The BSL is currently focusing its work on strategies to alleviate and prevent poverty for those people most at risk at the four transition stages considered critical to their future well-being: the early years, the years from school to work, periods in and out of work and retirement and ageing.
The Brotherhood Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 has key priorities which are supported by action plans for each of its divisions and major programs. These are to:
- Orient the BSL's work so that it engages more with and strengthens the communities where the BSL works, so better reflecting local aspirations, and in doing so, helping the broader community understand the BLS's work and become involved.
- Contribute to policy, service development and delivery that will strengthen communities, particularly those on the outskirts of major cities and in country areas, most at risk of poverty and disadvantage.
Each of these priorities is underpinned by well structured, researched and documented body of knowledge to support all elements of work within the BSL and help deliver its many programs.
The BSL's Given the Chance employment programs work closely with employers to achieve sustainable outcomes.
Given the Chance has worked with more than 1,908 disadvantaged participants, placing them into over 1,284 jobs between 2012 and 2016. Many in Melbourne's west with businesses including ANZ, Woolworths, City Wide, Australian Unity and local councils. Their employment has come from direct hire, supported labour hire, traineeships and apprenticeships.
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LeadWest works with and supports a number of organisations in Melbourne's west that are community-focused.
LeadWest Affiliates are organisations that participate actively in our regional leadership networks, helping LeadWest better understand the needs of Melbourne's west and better hone our advocacy campaigns.
If your organisation would like to become a LeadWest Affiliate, please contact us.