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In the spirit of Christmas – thank you!

Our thanks to all of our big-hearted supporters this Christmas.  Eastview Baptist made a donation towards food parcels and toys for Iosis families, while Life Community Trust provided food parcels for families. We also received generous gifts from The Children’s Corner in Howick (thank you Diane) and Care-A-Lot in Stanley Point (thank you Michelle). Lastly,…

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Merivale: a truly transformative ‘safe place’ for mothers and children.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and for mothers who are struggling to cope, Merivale is that village.  A unique, long-term residential programme specifically designed for mothers who’ve been impacted by abuse, addiction or neglect, it provides a unique opportunity for the child to remain with mum in a supportive, secure…

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Iosis Community Award winners: Dione & Jonathan Read

Every year Iosis recognises the amazing work of someone in the community who goes above and beyond to transform family life.  In 2019, the $1200 prize was awarded to Dione and Jonathan Read, who were nominated by Iosis Social Worker, Rebekah Marshall.  “I was so delighted when they were selected,” says Rebekah. “They are a…

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The new National Care Standards: what this means for Iosis

On 1 July last year, the new National Care Standards came into effect. Developed by an expert advisory panel from Oranga Tamariki in consultation with children in care, they set out the standard of care that every child and young person needs to do well and be well, and the support caregivers can expect to…

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Giving our tamariki better tomorrows

Right now, many Auckland children are in need of foster carers – but sadly Iosis are unable to help because we simply don’t have enough carers to meet the demand. That’s why we’re looking for more caring families, couples or individuals who have a good home, a caring attitude and a whole lot of aroha. …

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Transforming family violence takes a team approach

When the Police are called out to a family violence situation, they refer the family to the most appropriate agency, one of which is Iosis. In these cases, our new teamwork is already making a difference.  New legislation introduced on July 1st means that a Police Safety Order (PSO) can now be issued for up…

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New faces. New skills. New strengths.

During the first few months of this year, the Iosis team has grown with the addition of even more highly experienced and committed staff members. We’re also thrilled to welcome back a past employee, Rangi Vaitohi, to the team.  Rangi Vaitohi, Community Social Worker “The most important thing I do is listen. From listening comes…

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Rangi brings ACC to the party

For any organisation, having a clear set of values that guides how the organisation behaves is important.  Disabled as the result of a car accident 21 years ago, Steve* received one payment from ACC at the time. Since then, he’s been living with his daughter and extended family. However, his health has declined, and, while…

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Being strong together, every day

Our staff face extremely challenging situations as they work to transform families’ lives, so bringing the team together first thing each day sets us all up well for whatever may come our way. On Monday mornings we get together for devotions, and every other morning we have a ‘stand up’ which includes waiata and prayer….

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Meet Wayne, Getting a Grip Programme Facilitator

Wayne Prince facilitated our ‘Getting a Grip on Communication’ programme for the past four years. This eight week programme teaches participants how to resolve conflicts peacefully, develop supportive relationships and communicate effectively with those around them – especially family and friends. The programme covers a range of topics aimed at giving families useful tools for…

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