How the Family Centre Project changed the image of poverty in Victoria. /Publication details: Melbourne, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2004 Description: 10 pSubject(s): Low Income Families Economic Aspects | Family Case Studies | Family Economic Conditions | Poverty Measurement - Victoria | Social Policy | Family Social Work | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Family Centre Project | Disadvantaged Groups | Empowerment | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Family Centre ProjectOnline Resources: DOWNLOAD PDF
From: Wednesday Lunchtime Seminars, 29 September 2004.
The work of the Brotherhood of St Laurence has affected the prevailing image of poverty in Victoria since Father Tucker (the founder of BSL began his anti-slum campaign in 1935. Thirty years later, in the sixties, BSL was one of the few major agencies providing services for the poor people of Victoria. During this thirty years Father Tucker, Bishop- Sambell and David Scott through their social action and public relations efforts ensured that BSL actions and initiatives were noticed by other social reformers and by all levels of government. The high reputation and skills of BSL social workers and youth workers over the years also ensured that their methods of practice were recorded and copied by educational institutions and other agencies. By the mid-sixties services to poor families were delivered through the Social Work Service and the Youth and Children's Centre, where six social workers and eight youth workers were employed. The Social Work Service had an open door policy which resulted in an annual caseload of approximately 600 families, most of whom came for financial assistance. The Youth and Children's Centre activities were open and over 300 young people were known to the service.