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Meal planning is a great stress buster!

Planning ahead the meals for the week is a great stress relief and makes shopping on a budget much easier to achieve. You can use this handy template to get started and look out for our nutritious and affordable recipes. Download meal planner      

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Knitting for good

For over 10 years the knitting group at Bupa Erin Park retirement village has supported local charities and last month it was Iosis’s turn to benefit from their work. The group produced a wonderful array of beanies, booties, cardigans and jumpers for the children of our Iosis families. Vera and Pat are two of the…

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Deb’s Story

“Now I feel so strong. I’m strong for my baby.” After getting in with the wrong crowd as a teenager, Deb’s life spiraled into a haze of alcohol and drug use. When she was forced to give up her baby son at birth, she knew it was time to get help. So she turned to Merivale.…

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Corn Fritters Recipe

This recipe serves 3 Ingredients 1 can creamed corn salt and pepper 1 egg, separated 2 tsp sweet chilli sauce 1 tbsp worcestershire 1 cup flour oil for frying Method Mix together corn, salt and pepper, egg yolk, sweet chilli and worcestershire. Add flour, mix. Whisk egg white until stiff, fold into the batter. Heat…

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Tuna Casserole Recipe

This recipe serves 4 Ingredients 2 eggs (optional) 1 tin (425g) tuna or other tinned or fresh fish 1 tin (440g) soup (any flavour) or use packet soup mixed with hot water 1 onion, chopped 1 cup frozen or tinned peas, drained 6 slices bread 1 tbsp margarine 1/2 cup corn (optional) 3 mushrooms, sliced…

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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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