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1987

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Children & Families 

A year-long review of the BSL's family support services began, reviewing the BSL's involvement in children’s and family service provision (January 1987-January 1988) [1]

 

From January 1987 BSL's service provision expanded in Limurru Neighbourhood Parent & Children's Centre, providing sessional day care at the Cottage, occasional care at 124 Napier Street and a Drop-In Centre for the parents.  A more comprehensive service was planned with focus on child care for children from particularly disadvantaged families.  The service was managed by the parents and the constitution gave them a great deal of involvement in the ongoing functioning of the centre. [2]  Limurru_Parents_Committee_Constitution_c1986.pdf Limurru_in_Brotherhood_Action_1987-12.pdf

 

A year-long review of the BSL's family support services began, reviewing the BSL's involvement in children’s and family service provision (January 1987-January 1988) [3]

 

The Family Services Development Unit was established as part of the Brotherhood's Community Services Department, responsible for the development and implementation of the Brotherhood’s family services as well as involvement in current policies in the area of children and families.  [4]

 

 

Community Issues 

Jan Carter, Director of the Social Policy and Research Centre, appointed as a Commissioner to the National Inquiry into Homeless Children and Young People by the Human Rights & Equal Opportunities Commission.  The report Our Homeless Children was published in 1989. [5]

 

BSL provided a seeding grant to establish an independent regional emergency relief committee (the Western Port Emergency Relief Network) to help develop a coordinated approach to poverty in the Western Port area, along with an establishment grant to employ a regional resource worker.  (See below under Material & Financial Support)

 

The Federal Government brought down a "mini-Budget" in May 1987, leading to comment ffrom the Brotherhood on the potential impact of some measures on the more vulnerable members of the community.  [6] Mini-Budget_&_the_Poor_1987-6.pdf

 

The Fitzroy and ARC Credit Union, one of the independent organisations supported by the Brotherhood, moved out of the BSL to larger and better shopfront premises in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. [7]

 

 

Employment & Training 

The Employment Development Unit (EDU) through its Projects Development Officer, Ian Brain, developed Traineeship Access Courses to assist long-term unemployed 15-19 year-olds to obtain Australian Traineeships (experimental project funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment & Training - DEET).  A gradual process was designed, including a three-month pre-employment work orientation course followed by the 12- month traineeship.  After the 12 months, the trainees were to be employed on the project for a further 3 months with a view to placing them in permanent employment, a study course, or both.  A six-month follow-up period was established to allow the trainee to get advice and placement services if needed.  [8]

 

The Brotherhood offered twelve residential aide and six general clerical traineeships for entry into the social and community services sector of the workforce.  These were offered to young people from long-term unemployed disadvantaged groups who had been disadvantaged in previous efforts to find jobs but who were motivated towards the type of work required in either field.  In September 1987 DEET accepted the concept to be piloted nationally in twelve areas, offered through TAFE Colleges.  [9] BSL_Traineeships_program_1987-6.pdf

 

Major review of Laurence Industries led to resolution to establish new employment program for people with intellectual and other disabilities.  Laurence Industries to cease operating as a sheltered workshop by July 1988

 

 

Fundraising & Resources 

G.K. Tucker Settlement Redevelopment Appeal raised $730,000 [10]

 

Students of Northcote High School donated $400 to help with accommodation services program for older people in recognition of the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless  [11]

 

The overseas markets of the BSL’s Donated Goods Division were featured in Brotherhood Action [12]  Donated_Goods_Overseas_Markets_1987-3.pdf

 

The 21st Annual fair in October at St Laurence Park, Lara, raised $15,000 [13]

 

 

Material & Financial support 

Western Port Emergency Relief Network commenced.  An independent regional emergency relief committee in the Western Port area, this was auspiced and part-funded for an initial two years by the BSL as a result of the Souter review of emergency relief provision on the Peninsula.  In conjunction with an establishment grant to employ a regional resource worker, the aim was to develop a coordinated approach to poverty in the Western Port area. (January)  [14]BSL_Income_Supplementation_Services_1972-1996.pdf

 

Fitzroy Material Aid service expanded to cater for greater demand in the catchment area

 

 

Older People 

Preliminary planning began for a joint frail homeless persons project between the BSL and Hanover Welfare Services, to tackle Melbourne's growing problem of frail homeless older people (became the Wintringham Hostels).[15]  

 

Carrum Downs cottage redevelopment project officially opened - 22 new cottages constructed, a number of existing cottages renovated - jointly funded by the Commonwealth Government and the BSL Peninsula capital appeal. [16] 

 

An evaluation project examined the Quality of Life in the Brotherhood's nursing homes and hostels.  Sally Ryan and Marilyn Roper were seconded to the project, looking at the standards in the facilities.  In consultation with community, staff and residents, they proposed a Quality of Life document developing and implementing strategies related to the Commonwealth Government standards. 

 

 

Organisational aspects (BSL) 

A year-long review of the BSL's family support services began, reviewing the BSL's involvement in children’s and family service provision (January 1987-January 1988) [17]

 

The Family Services Development Unit was established as part of the Community Services Department, responsible for the development and implementation of the Brotherhood’s family services as well as involvement in current policies in the area of children and families. [18]

 

New Brotherhood Human Resources Department established in March with a Human Resources Manager, Faith Godefroy, appointed in March, followed by the appointment of an Industrial Relations & WorkCare Officer. A Staff Development Officer was appointed in 1988.  [19]

 

BSL provided seeding grant to establish an independent regional emergency relief committee to help develop a coordinated approach to poverty in the Western Port area, along with an establishment grant to employ a regional resource worker.

 

Acquisition of Winnipeg Textiles, a Melbourne company exporting second-hand clothing and rag for recycling and the BSL's major competitor in the export market for rag.  Most of Winnipeg's employees transferred to the Brotherhood and the business was integrated into the Donated Goods Division's operation at Coolaroo. By increasing the throughput of goods from 4000 tonnes to 7500 tonnes, this made the Brotherhood operation the largest of its type in Australia.  (October) [20]

 

Quality of Life policy developed, based on consultation with community, staff and residents, looking at ways to develop and implement strategies related to the Commonwealth Government standards  [21]  Quality_of_Life_evaluation_project_1987-9.pdf

 

Draft G.O.S.P.A Five Year Plan for the Brotherhood of St Laurence (Goals, Objectives, Strategies, Plans, Activities) distributed to the BSL Membership (December) [22]Hollingworth_re_GOSPA_1987-12-7.pdf

 

Construction of the BSL and the Victorian Health Department joint building development (on the site of 73-79 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy - later known as 75 Brunswick Street) began with the clearing of an adjoining vacant block of land and demolition of two old shops. [23] 

 

Dr Veronica Brady, as an honorary Visiting Fellow for 1987, assisted the BSL's Social Policy & Research Department with studies examining Australian culture in depth through Australian-made film successes of the last decade. "This will compose a picture of the values of average Australians.  The study should help to explain why decent people are savagely critical of supporting mothers and people who do not have a job." [24] 

 

The Social Policy and Research Department became the Social Policy and Research Centre[25] 

 

People 

Jan Carter, Director of the Social Policy and Research Centre, appointed as a Commissioner to the National Inquiry into Homeless Children and Young People by the Human Rights & Equal Opportunities Commission.  The report Our Homeless Children was published in 1989. [26] 

 

Presentations & publications 

Seventh Sambell Oration: Be it ever so humble... There’s no place like home Bishop Peter Hollingworth at the 57th Foundation Festival of the Brotherhood of St Laurence [27]Sambell_Oration_1987_Hollingworth.pdf

 

National Committee of Non-Government Organisations for International Year of Shelter for the Homeless (Peter Hollingworth, chair) produced the report Towards fair shares in Australian Housing for national consultations [28]

 

A video "Be it ever so humble …", a film about some of Australia’s housing problems, was produced as part of the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless and narrated by Bishop Peter Hollingworth. [29]

 

Living Places, a book and photographic exhibition by photographer (and BSL Public Relations Manager) Dyranda Prevost and architect Ann Rado, was produced as part of a joint venture of the BSL and the State Library of Victoria  [30]  Living_Places_1987-12.pdf   Obit_Dyranda_Prevost_2004-9-21.pdf

 

The report Our Homeless Children was published in 1989

 

Other publications included 

  • Community Work for Unemployed Young People (Policy in Practice 1:1987) Veronica Sheen. A discussion paper on the implications of the `'work for the dole' policy initiative - the first in a series of monographs to stimulate public awareness of key social issues [31]
  • When the Pressure is really On, Jenny Trethewey – the interim report of the study of changes of income and expenditure among low income families [32]
  • Child Support: Directions and Conditions for Change (Policy in Practice 2:1987) Alison McClelland & Jenny Trethewey - a comment on the Federal Government report Child Support: A Discussion paper on Child Maintenance [33]
  • Investing in our Future: A Better Deal for Children (Policy in Practice 3:1987) Alison McClelland, a response to the Federal Government's Social Security Review Paper Income Support for Families with Children [34]
  • Budgeting for People (Policy in Practice 4:1987), the Brotherhood's submission to the Economic Planning Advisory Committee on the Federal Government’s 1987 budget strategy [35]
  • Hard Labour: Sole parents and Social Security (Policy in Practice No.5:1987) Meg Montague & Alison McClelland, a response to the Federal Government's Social Security Review Paper Bringing up Children Alone: Policies for Sole parents [36]
  • Living with Uncertainty (Policy in Practice No.6: 1987), a strategy for the 1988-89 Federal Government Budget. [37]

 

 

Other 

A bronze bas-relief medallion of Father Tucker was commissioned from sculptor Stanley Hammond by the late Mrs Dorothy McAllister.  This was to be placed on the front of the Brotherhood’s main office building in Fitzroy. [38] Hammond_&_Tucker_bas-relief_1987-3.pdf

 


 

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Footnotes

  1. BSL Annual report 1986-1987 p.4
  2. For the Constitution see [Limurru_Parents_Committee_Constitution_c1986.pdf] "While the Cottage Child Care was not affected, the Drop-In Centre and Occasional Care service were dominated by a core group of families and concerns around this led to the current review." Donna Ward (BSL Family Support Service) Review of service provision at Limurru Neighbourhood and Children's Centre, 1988, p.6. Brotherhood Action December 1987 (No.271) pp.1-2 (no numbering) [Limurru_in_Brotherhood_Action_1987-12.pdf]
  3. BSL Annual report 1986-1987 p.4
  4. BSL Annual Report 1987-1988 p.5. The coordinator was Donna Ward.
  5. BSL Annual Report 1987-1988 p.10. See the Report Our homeless children - report of the national inquiry into homeless children (BSL Library 362.74 AUS (HUM))
  6. Brotherhood Action June 1987 (No.269) p.2 (no numbering) [Mini-Budget_&_the_Poor_1987-6.pdf]
  7. Brotherhood Action September 1987 (No.270) p.3 (no numbering). See also an update article "Computers bring change at Credit Co-op" in Brotherhood Action September 1988 p.4
  8. Brotherhood Action June 1987 (No.269) pp.1-2 (no numbering); [BSL_Traineeships_program_1987-6.pdf]
  9. BSL Annual Report 1986-1987 p.4. See also Employment development traineeship programme (BSL Library 331.342592 BRO) [BSL_Traineeships_program_1987-6.pdf]
  10. BSL Annual report 1986-1987 p.6
  11. Brotherhood Action December 1987 (No.271) p.4 (no numbering)
  12. Brotherhood Action March 1987 (No.268) p.1 [Donated_Goods_Overseas_Markets_1987-3.pdf]
  13. Brotherhood Action December 1988 (No.275) p.5
  14. Terry Holman On Shifting Sands, 1992 p.3 (BSL Library 362.57 HOL). See also Robyn Souter "Stretched to the limit : Western Port emergency relief review project", July 1986 (BSL Library 361.05 SOU) and BSL Internal Working Paper No.2 "Overview and History of Income Supplementation services in the Brotherhood of St Laurence (1972-1996)" p.31-2
  15. Brotherhood Action September 1988, pp1-2
  16. BSL Annual Report 1987-1988 p.6
  17. BSL Annual report 1986-1987 p.4
  18. BSL Annual Report 1987-1988 p.5. The coordinator was Donna Ward.
  19. BSL Annual Report 1986-1987 p.12 and BSL Annual Report 1987-1988 p.14. Also Brotherhood Action March 1988, p.3 (no numbering). Until this appointment, personnel matters had been handled by each manager, with reports directly to the Executive Director. See also Tim Gilley "Inequality in the Workplace" Brotherhood of St Laurence 1988 pp.8, 36-37 (BSL Library 331.133 GIL); Tim Gilley & Fiona Smith "Equal Employment Opportunity in Social and Community Services" Brotherhood of St Laurence, 1989 p.iv (BSL Library 331.133 GIL).
  20. BSL Annual Report 1987-1988 p.13
  21. BSL Annual Report 1986-1987 p.4
  22. Peter Hollingworth to BSL membership (7 December 1987)
  23. BSL Annual Report 1985-1986 p.2. Also see BSL Annual Report 1986-1987 p.16 - Notes to the Accounts, n.6 Fixed Assets: “The Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Fitzroy Community Health Centre are contributing to the project according to a pre-determined formula. A trust known as the 73-81 Brunswick St. Trust has been established for this purpose.”
  24. Brotherhood Action March 1987 (No.268) p.3 (no numbering)
  25. BSL Annual Report 1986-1987 p.9
  26. BSL Annual Report 1987-1988 p.10. See the Report Our homeless children - report of the national inquiry into homeless children (BSL Library 362.74 AUS (HUM))
  27. Peter Hollingworth "Be it ever so humble ... there's no place like home". G.T. Sambell Memorial Oration, 1987 at the 57th Foundation Festival of the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL Library 362.5 HOL) [Sambell_Oration_1987_Hollingworth.pdf]
  28. "Towards fair shares in Australian housing". Kendig, Hal; Paris, Chris; Anderton, Neal. Canberra, A.C.T.: National Committee of Non-Government Organisations for International Year of Shelter for the Homeless, 1987(BSL Library 363.5099419 KEN) See also Brotherhood Action December 1987 (No.271) p.2 (no numbering)
  29. A 25-minute VHS video. Includes interviews with a cross-section of people with housing problems, and looks at the demand for emergency accommodation, discrimination against tenants, and the particular needs of the elderly, amongst other issues.
  30. Dyranda Prevost and Anne Rado "Living places: twenty houses" (BSL Library 363.50994 PRE) See also "The La Trobe Journal" No 62 Spring 1998, pp.6-7 10 Nov 2009
  31. Veronica Sheen "Community Work for Unemployed Young People - A discussion paper on the implications of the 'work for the dole' policy initiative" (BSL Library 331.34137 SHE). Brotherhood Action March 1987 (No.268) pp.3-4 (no numbering)
  32. Jenny Trethewey "When the Pressure is Really On" (BSL Library 1986. 339.46 TRE); Brotherhood Action March 1987 (No.268) p.4 (no numbering)
  33. Alison McClelland & Jenny Trethewey "Child Support: Directions and Conditions for Change" (Policy in Practice 2:1987) (BSL Library 362.8282 MCC)
  34. Alison McClelland "Investing in our Future: A Better Deal for Children" (Policy in Practice 3:1987) (BSL Library 362.8282 McC)
  35. "Budgeting for People" (Policy in Practice 4:1987) (BSL Library 351.722 BRO)
  36. Meg Montague & Alison McClelland "Hard labour: sole parents and social security". A response to Social Security Review, Issues paper no. 3, "Bringing up children alone: policies for sole parents". (BSL Library 362.8282 MON). See Brotherhood Action June 1988 (No.273) p.3 (no numbering)
  37. "Living with Uncertainty" (Policy in Practice No.6: 1987) (BSL Library 351.722 BRO). Brotherhood Action June 1988 (No.273) p.3 (no numbering)
  38. Brotherhood Action March 1987 (No.268) p.3 (no numbering) [Hammond_&_Tucker_bas-relief_1987-3.pdf]

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