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Sammy’s story: how our ‘MenD’ programme mended his life

Things started to change for Sammy in prison. There for the first time for a seven-month term, it gave him a huge wake-up call. Luckily, hisprobation officer suggested doing a men’s programme at Iosis – a step that has changed his life. Sammy has just completed MenD, which is an eight-week, one-on-one therapeutic programme. He’s…

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Barrie’s story: the power of commitment

Barrie is a solo father of four children. Last year, the children were taken from him and placed into foster care. Since then, Barrie has been on a mission to get them back and he’ll find out soon if he has been successful. Barrie has completed four Iosis programmes including the Parenting Toolbox, Family Resilience,…

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A word from Karen

Karen is a financial mentor at Iosis. She works with many of the men on our programmes. “I work closely with the men and their partners to help them find ways to reduce financial stress,” she tells us. “Financial stress can have a huge impact on relationships. It can really take the pressure off a…

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Danielle’s Story

With an attempted suicide, shoplifting, drug taking and violent relationships in her past, Danielle didn’t think she had any hope of regaining her baby daughter – until she came to Merivale.

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SWiS: helping students, helping families

Kathy Hori, Social Worker in Schoo

“One of the things that makes me smile as a Social Worker in Schools is being able to make a child’s day. There’s nothing quite like seeing their faces light up when they receive a new pair of shoes and warm rain jacket.” Kathy Hori, Social Worker in Schools. It’s a typical work day for…

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Creating stronger children & stronger families

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…

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SWiS programmes: transforming students’ lives

Childs drawing of family holding hands

An important part of the role of SWiS is to equip students with the necessary tools to cope with a range of behavioural issues, both inside and outside the classroom. In the 13 schools in which Iosis operates, each SWiS worker facilitates programmes to help students have more positive experiences at school, including: Seasons of…

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Meet our staff: Karen Smith, Financial Mentor

Iosis partners with Presbyterian Support Northern and the Anglican Trust for Women and Children to provide financial mentoring to families*. Karen is the Financial Mentor at Iosis and works together with families to help them stabilise and improve their financial situation. “Anyone is welcome to engage in financial mentoring,” explains Karen. “Some families are in crisis…

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Aaron - From chaos to calmness.

When his marriage broke down irreparably, Aaron was devastated. He needed to talk to someone, to help process his emotions. He began meeting weekly with an Iosis Men’s Development facilitator. Learning to forgive and move on with his life was not easy. However, Aaron began focusing his energies on taking care of his son and…

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Reuben & Sonya

Reuben & Sonya - From strife to strength

When Reuben’s wife Sonya told him he needed help with anger management, he dismissed it. But things at home deteriorated. Child, Youth and Family and the Police got involved, and a constable suggested the couple contact Iosis for help. Reuben met regularly with an Iosis Men’s Development facilitator, and Sonya with a counsellor. Sonya completed…

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