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Iosis launches new financial mentoring service

Iosis's financial mentoring

Iosis, in collaboration with Presbyterian Support Northern and the Anglican Trust for Women and Children, recently secured a government contract to provide financial mentoring. This free service will sit alongside the agencies’ school-based social work. The contract is part of the Ministry of Social Development’s new Building Financial Capability service, which has re-framed the role…

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Iosis Strengthening Families service to close

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Iosis will cease to provide the Strengthening Families service in Manurewa at the beginning of September 2016. Strengthening Families is designed for situations where more than one community support organisation or government service is required to help a family meet its needs. A Strengthening Families coordinator brings together all the relevant parties to discuss with…

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Things weren’t going well in Stuart’s personal life. It had started to spill over into his professional life too. He knew he needed to make some drastic changes—for the sake of himself, his sons, and his colleagues. Stuart completed three programmes with Iosis. Two were group-based—Toolbox Parenting Building Awesome Whanau and Getting a Grip on…

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For the love of the children

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Attending a foster care information evening on a whim has led Anona and Graham down a path they never expected. In their 40s, with no children of their own, and happily settled in their do-as-we-please lifestyle, the couple did not have any burning ambition to be foster carers. However when Anona spotted an Iosis advertisement…

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Iosis - Our Stories - Tawhiri

17-year-old Tawhiri was excited at becoming a dad. He left school and started working a week after his son was born, to provide for his new family. However he hadn’t counted on the demands a new-born makes on its parents’ sleep patterns and relationships. A teacher at the local teen parent unit recommended Tawhiri attend…

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Letechia holding her baby daughter

Letechia’s two older children were removed from her care. Pregnant again, and having just completed a residential programme for drug addiction, Letechia was referred to Iosis’s Merivale Whanau Development Centre. Her baby girl was born 10 days later. Parent-child attachment is one of many things Letechia learned about at Merivale. It has transformed the way…

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Eta: From exhausted to empowered

Eta was feeling overwhelmed. Her five lively sons were all under six years of age. Attending to their needs gave her little quiet time to think, or to finish housework uninterrupted. The family was also struggling financially. Sometimes their groceries barely lasted the week. An Iosis Parent Support worker recognised the stress Eta was under.…

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Help Mums Stay Safe

Crime was the only way Stevie knew how to survive. But in prison, and pregnant, she hit rock-bottom. Without help to change, Stevie knew her baby would be removed from her care. That’s when she turned to Iosis’s Merivale Whanau Development Centre. Stevie was confident she could handle whatever it took to keep her child.…

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Iosis celebrates 10th year

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Iosis marked its 10th anniversary on 18 March 2016, at a morning tea with invited community representatives, supporters and a few former staff. When Iosis was formed, it merged the work of Baptist Family Services, Baptist City Mission, and the Merivale Women’s Refuge. Today Iosis has approximately 50 staff, most of whom are based at…

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Iosis CEO appointed to NZCCSS

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Iosis CEO, Tunumafono Tracey-Leigh Peters, has been appointed to the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). NZCCSS represents six church networks in New Zealand: Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian and the Salvation Army. It speaks for its member organisations in discussions with government ministries around social issues and policies. It also plays a key role…

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