Creating stronger children & stronger families

Posted on May 26, 2018 by Iosis

For most children, school is an exciting place full of endless opportunity. However the reality is that for some students, the potential to achieve is severely limited because their home life is unstable or unsafe. With classes, homework, extracurricular activities, and social expectations, many young children struggle through these years.

Marama Hetaraka has been a SWiS Team Leader for five and a half years, managing 13 schools throughout Manurewa and Papakura. Each school in the district is allocated a Social Worker whose role is to provide a professional but genuinely caring response to students and their families.

Marama tells us that during her time at Iosis, she’s observed significant challenges facing students in Manurewa and Papakura. “One of the biggest challenges is financial stress at home. Because they’ve often gone without for so long, some people have difficulty viewing money as a resource and therefore may not be able to make the right financial decisions.”

At the same time, she’s also witnessed positive changes – large and small – within the families. The SWiS team can draw on a wide range of Iosis services and programmes, which means they can help families address a number of needs at the same time.

For parents who are already in stressful circumstances, this ‘wraparound’ approach is proving very successful. Marama says she’s seen time and time again that Iosis’s approach of bridging the gap between the family and the school leads to positive changes – and better futures for families.

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