Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions about St Laurence. You might find the answer you are seeking here.

Is St Laurence a charity?

Yes St Laurence is a Public Benevolent Institution – a registered Charity that operates on a not-for-profit, community-based model. As a charitable organisation we direct all surplus monies back into local communities through the St Laurence Gift Fund. The Fund allows St Laurence to maximise the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

Since our beginnings in residential aged care we have extended what we do into a range of services for people who are ageing, people with a disability, carers, retirees, job seekers and trainees. We help people, to retain their independence and quality of life in the communities in which they live. We develop new programs and facilities to meet the changing needs of our communities.

We rely on the support of our volunteers, governments, businesses and community groups and individuals for ongoing support so we can continue to assist individuals and communities.

Is St Laurence only based in Geelong?

No, St Laurence started over 50 years ago in Lara (near Geelong) but we now operate through offices located in rural and regional communities across south-western Victoria. See our locations for more information.

What is Social Inclusion?

St Laurence has established a Social Inclusion Unit to help ensure our services reach those who are most in need and to ensure we always work to increase the engagement of those who are excluded from the life of their local communities.

Social Inclusion provides a framework we use to harness innovative services designed:

  • to minimise loss of capability in citizens due to ageing;
  • to support those with a disability who too often are left alone on the periphery to become active members in their local community; and,
  • to increase the capacity of those who experience disadvantage to fully participate in the life of their community.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Phone St Laurence for more information, details or help with accessing the services you are seeking.