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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

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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

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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Melanie

Melanie - From conflict to cooperation

Melanie* and her children’s father had been fighting for years. She wanted something different for her children, but didn’t know where to turn or what to do. The Police directed her to Iosis. Initially Melanie found it hard to open up to strangers about such personal matters. But, bit by bit, the Iosis social worker…

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Joanne

Joanne - from pain to peace

Joanne felt lost, alone, broken and in pain. Child, Youth and Family had just removed her toddler and baby from her care. She desperately needed to find hope that she and her children could be together again. She attended Iosis’s Family Resilience and Getting a Grip on Communication programmes. Listening to the other parents’ stories,…

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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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Stuart

Stuart

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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