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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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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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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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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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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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For the love of the children

Childs drawing of family holding hands

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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