News & Events
Older Australians struggling on Newstart await better life on age pension. (ABC, Lateline)
Today marks the commencement of the new insurance scheme for people with disability – DisabilityCare Australia.
On Friday the 21st of June our Marketing department turned the Old Geelong Gaol into stunning venue fit for a ball.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of St Laurence and this year the we are sourcing people to volunteer to be a part of the Australian Masters Games.
Donate your funds into a community service organisation where 100% of your donation goes directly back into the community. That’s right, 100%!
Come along to our World Cafe next Thursday to hear about what it means to be a consumer living with mental illness.
Addressing food insecurity,obesity and chronic disease; different perspectives on the relationships with food - brought to you by Deakin & St Laurence
Ever thought about volunteering? We have some vacancies and would love to have you come and join the team!
A presentation by Toby oConnor on 'Consumer Directed Approach'
Friday June 21 will be this years Blue & White Ball. Key it into your calendars now!
St Laurence hosted the first Open Air Cinema @ The Geelong College on Valentine's Day with roaring success.
Feb 21-24 saw the Vic Open come to Geelong's own 13th Beach Golf Links and St Laurence was there to welcome the stars.
Every month, we will highlight one of our services that are doing outstanding work in the community - this month, Art Unlimited.
St Laurence is supporting the Australian Masters Games later this year in October and to get warmed up we're calling for people to join the St Laurence Tug of War Teams!
Gold medallists and Paralympians Kelly Cartwright & Richard Colman join forces with St Laurence.
St Laurence has invested $1.3m of its own resources to redevelop the 101 Queen Street learning and community centre for people with disability, and what a result!
It seems as though the traffic on the roads is getting busier and school starts again soon, meaning the end of the summer holidays and back to work. What will 2013 bring? Will it be lucky or unlucky 13?
Human Library - where the books are people and where reading consists of a conversation!
Metropolis Gallery are opening their doors to host an exhibition of little-known artists in Geelong recognising talent in our community amongst those with disability.
What better way to spend Valentine's Day than watching DIRTY DANCING under the stars with a loved one or group of friends.
See below for all terms and conditions relating the the Feb 14 screening of Dirty Dancing at The Geelong College.
All proceeds from the night going to St Laurence.
For over three years the Social Inclusion Unit has promoted the voice of the consumers using St Laurence’s Services. This year has been no different.
Give a gift with meaning this Christmas and buy from one of our community's Social Enterprises.
St Laurence has been able to use funds donated from events held throughout the year to help people with disability.
Friday November 23 saw the first-time opening to the public of the studio space and outdoor garden that comprises Art Unlimited at the Old Geelong Gaol in the heart of Geelong.
The Prime Minister announced the National Disability Insurance Scheme on 30 April 2012. That was 155 days ago.
In 251 days, the NDIS will commence operations in the Barwon Region.
I have been asked to consider two questions: How prepared are we as providers of some sort of service for this social insurance scheme?
And, Will we be ready?
St Laurence is pleased to advise that our Annual Report for the 2011-2012 year is now available.
On Friday 26 October St Laurence Community Services Inc held a Community Fair - "Spark in the Park" on the grounds of its retirement village at Lara from 4.30 pm - 8.00 pm.
Anti-Poverty Week is held in October every year. It is a time to reflect on the fact that not all Australians have access to all the goods and services we so often take for granted. Poverty affects over a million people Australia-wide.
We would like to take this opportunity to gratefully thank all those who participated in the recent call out for businesses and individuals to host a Tea Party initiative to raise funds for our Colac redevelopment which will provide a state of the art learning facility for people with a disability.
St Laurence has partnered with Deakin University to hold the inaugural 'Conversations That Matter' twilight seminar, bringing people of our community together to talk about the tough issues.
Anti Poverty week is a national event aimed at creating awareness, and/or improving the lives of Australians touched by poverty.
Unpacking Federal and State legislation in the Charities and Not-For-Profit sector.
You are invited to the 16th Annual General Meeting of St Laurence Community Services Inc.
St Laurence is getting behind the petition to bring Tiger back to Avalon.
After a partnership spanning more than a decade, the St Laurence Supercats will conclude their named sponsorship at the end of the 2012 season.
St Laurence Community Services Inc. - Battling the growing unemployment rate in Geelong with an all new mentoring initiative.
Have you registered to host a Tea Party yet?
St Laurence client Jeremy Lang has a new found confidence after umpiring his first game of football.
It is very pleasing to be able to announce that the offer placed by the Victorian Government for an NDIS trial in the Barwon Region has been accepted by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. This is great news for the people of Geelong.
When Kevin Rudd became Prime Minister he established the Social Inclusion Advisory Board in 2009. This was in line with European and British social policy thinking, which since the 1970s, have been using this terminology and putting it into practice. Social Inclusion in practice is often done through employment. For some obtaining employment is more difficult than for others. It is important in an inclusive community that everyone has the right to housing, food, a safe environment and employment opportunities. Further to this is the notion of inclusive growth. But what does it mean?
Colac Otway Shire Mayor, Stephen Hart, re-opens 'Kui Nursery' as the first stage in the massive redevelopment of St Laurence's disability services in Colac.
Direct from Kui Nursery, bare rooted trees are now available for those wishing to purchase in Geelong.
Census data released last week indicates that rents have doubled in the last decade. Data from the recent Census is backed up by the Australia–wide Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot St Laurence participated in earlier this year. St Laurence found they there has been a decrease in the availability and affordability of rentals in region. But what does it mean?
What a great news story! After being unemployed for ten years Claire has found a new job! St Laurence Ironing Service based in Colac has employed her.
Watch this YouTube clip to view the life changing affect the St Laurence Donation Fund can have on individuals in our community.
St Laurence has undergone a reinvigoration of its brand image to give it a new burst of energy!
On 18 May 2012 St Laurence thanked volunteers from the Geelong Community and celebrated International Volunteer Week which was held from: 14 – 20 May 2012.
Art Unlimited is an access studio for practicing artists with a disability. It provides professional studio facilities and is staffed by qualified, practicing artists. The Art Unlimited artists have the opportunity to work across a wide range of medium including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork and electronic media.
St Laurence Community Services Inc. has committed $1.2M to undertake a comprehensive renovation of its Queen Street, Colac property. The project will deliver a state of the art learning and community facility for people with a disability.
‘All That Jazz – 1920’s New York Glamour’ ball hosted by St Laurence was held on 6 July 2012 at The Pier Geelong.
Goodwill Wine receives accolades for 'paying it forward'.
It’s finally here! Your invitation to the inaugural Blue & White Ball hosted by St Laurence.
The Geelong Rotary Club teamed up with St Laurence Community Services Inc. to answer a simple call from a remote school, located in far north Kimberley in Western Australia, for AFL footballs.
Congratulations to Kelly Arndt – the winner of the $100 Coles/Myer Gift Card competition!
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Art Unlimited artists will be holding an exhibition of their work at the Geelong Gallery from 12 May - 17 June, with a celebratory launch to kick start the event.
After two years of planning and development at St Laurence, Mr David Koch, MP, Member for Western Victorian Region, officially launched MyPATH; the new program for people with a disability, on April 26.
Purchasing your wine has never been so fulfilling!
This year, Art Unlimited has partnered with Goodwill Wine to generate some much needed awareness and donations into the arts program...
Corporate Social Responsibility pays off.
Businesses who participate in Corporate Social Responsibility often reap significant benefits from “doing good”. Corporate Social Responsibility can take many forms including volunteering to complete a community project...
The St Laurence Corporate Golf Challenge was more than an excuse to take time off work...
Getting Mum a gift she’ll love has never been so easy! Until Mother’s Day, receive $5 off your online order when you spend $20 or more...
Every Friday the band Not Quiet Right from Ballarat make music to clear their minds and help heal their heads; however it's more than teen angst or rebellion that drives this band's urge for rock and roll salvation.
The Pickle Gallery is an Australian Disability Enterprise of St Laurence, located in Colac Victoria, uses local produce to create some of the region’s finest jams, preserves and pickles.
The Pickle Gallery now has a website that products produced can be purchased from. Visit www.thepicklegallery.com.au