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Iosis celebrates 10th year

Cutting the cake

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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‘Triple P’ programme offered

Triple P programme

Iosis will commence a new programme for parents following the current school holidays. The ‘Triple P’ discussion groups is a positive parenting programme run over four two-hour sessions. Parents will learn how to develop positive relationships with their children, encourage desirable behaviour, and teach new skills and behaviours. Topics covered are: Dealing with disobedience. Developing…

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New CEO commissioned

Tracey-Leigh Peters

Iosis officially commissioned Tunumafono Tracey-Leigh Peters as its new CEO at a powhiri on 14 September. Ms Peters is a lifelong South Aucklander, with Pakeha and Samoan heritage. The hereditary matai title of Tunumafono is from her mother’s family line. She believes her mixed cultural background is a strength in leading a community-based organisation like…

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Young Fathers release music video

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Men in Iosis’s Young Fathers programme (Boyz II MenD) have written and recorded a song and produced a music video about their fatherhood experiences. The song ‘Family Love’ and the music video were officially launched to the public on Father’s Day, 6 September 2015. The men, aged from late teens to early 20s, were part…

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Iosis appoints CEO

Tracey-Leigh Peters

  The Iosis Board has appointed Tunumafono Tracey-Leigh Peters as Iosis’s new CEO, effective 1 September 2015. Ms Peters has been Acting CEO for the past 10 months, following the departure of Founding CEO, Ruby Duncan last year. “In that time Tracey-Leigh has demonstrated competence, courage and wisdom. We believe she has the personal attributes…

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New group programme added

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A new group programme started this week at Iosis’s Family Learning Centre. ‘Getting a Grip on Communication’ is for individuals and couples who wish to learn how to resolve conflicts peacefully and develop supportive relationships. Trained facilitators will help participants learn how to identify their feelings and needs, and to communicate these to others compassionately….

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Iosis foster care service receives donation

The Warehouse staff present cheque to Iosis

The Warehouse’s ‘Bags for Good’ programme has led to extra funding for Iosis foster care services. Over several months this year, The Warehouse Manukau allocated the proceeds from sales of its plastic shopping bags to the programme, and selected three local charities to be the recipients. The store then invited their customers to vote for…

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Iosis receives iPads for work with children

Social worker with iPad

Thanks to the Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate, Iosis’s child-focused social workers now have iPads to use in their therapeutic work with children. “People may be surprised at social workers using such devices, but children live in an interactive technological world and need to be supported in a way that is relevant to them,”…

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New work at Merivale

Sandra Druskovich

A new programme at Merivale is bringing long-held dreams to fruition. Merivale Service Manager, Sandra Druskovich, says the ‘missing link’ at Merivale has been working with the women’s partners. Now that is being addressed in a completely new initiative. The Significant Others Group (SOG) is a weekly evening session where the ‘significant others’ – typically…

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