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Brotherhood of St Laurence

Based in Melbourne, but with a national profile, the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) continues to work for an Australia free of poverty.

BSL undertake research, develop and deliver services, and engage in advocacy. Their aim is to address unmet needs in innovative ways and translate learnings from research and services into new policies, new programs and practices which can be implemented by government and others.

The Brotherhood works not just to alleviate poverty but to prevent it. They focus on people who are at risk at four critical stages (transitions) in their lives:

*  children and families in the early years, both at home and in school
*  young people in the years through school to work and further education
*  adults seeking work and learning opportunities
*  older people facing the challenges of retirement and ageing.

Within this broad framework, they pay particular attention to issues relating to refugees and settlement and money matters. 

Brotherhood of St Laurence website